Painting a bold stripe on the walls to keep Matt awake in his home office :)

Chimney breast and desk corner

Go on, admit it, if you had this wall in your home office, would you fall asleep mid-afternoon? 🙂

What Matt wanted for our Birmingham couple’s Half Built House was his own home office with lots of sturdy storage, but which also doubled up as a second bedroom for when friends or family stayed. His images of ‘likes’ showed simple, contemporary spaces with clean lines and few frills. Having opted for the verdigris accent colour for the bedside cabinets, I decided to carry this colour through into the design scheme for the office but in a much more modern way.

I mooted the idea of a stripe to the boys but I think they thought it’d be a few centimetres wide in a soft pastel shade….. eyebrows were raised as the masking tape went on and the painting commenced! I LOVED it when it was finished, so vibrant and energising – just what was needed in a bedroom space where someone needed to work all day. With the moveable Ikea desks and contemporary style Sit’n’Sleep sofa bed, the room was versatile enough to be completely changed should people come to stay, with a glamorous peacock fabric blind made for the window to give a softer feel in the evenings.

Claire was a bit shocked but phewf….. Matt loved it!

Before and after!
Peacock blind and Grecian Spa painted horizontal wall stripe

I’ve seen some more vibrant stripes in interior schemes, would YOU be brave enough?!

A ‘souped up country manor’ with painted floor by Mad Cap Cottage
Fuchsia vertical stripes at
Barcode decor in green & fuchsia
Amazing outside space on
Malene Waldron’s New York bathroom with painted stripe ceiling in Elle Decor
Matt & gloss painted black stripes at
Teal and taupe DIY stripes & chevrons on Vintage Revivals
Jean Louis Deniot’s Parisian bathroom in French Elle Decor
Janna Lyons Brooklyn brownstone nursery with now famous yellow striped ceiling

I wish I’d had time to do more stripes!! 🙂

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