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What was your inspiration for this room?

I was excited to put dark wardrobes in a dark interior. #thedarkside is such a strong inspirational look that has been sweeping Instagram and Pinterest, all started by British interior designer Abigail Ahern a few years ago. Think moody, rich and opulent, but with an eclectic edge. Don’t be afraid to really go for it! It’s very anti minimalist and not remotely clean but feels so atmospheric and inviting.


What elements were essential to achieve this look?

The dark grey paint on the walls is key. It creates a cosy cocooning environment. I used Night Jewels 3 by Dulux, which is a perfect charcoal shade that I've used on lots of projects. All the colours in the room then jump out from this backdrop. Add to that the rich velvet button back headboard in berry fabric, made by Sharps, and gold accents in the bedside lights and pendant which add some luxury.

Think moody, rich and opulent, but with a eclectic edge

Hannah Cork

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How do you stop a room like this looking naff?

It’s important to mix textures and fabrics. I've used velvet, fur and leather in this room, all creating contrast against the wooden floor. Don't stick to one fabric - If the bed was solely dressed in silk or velvet for example, then it would look cliched. Mix it up in a considered way.


I've also incorporated some design classics - the Saarinen pedestal table in background, and battered mid century armchair, all help give the room a timeless feel. Avoid buying everything brand new!



Which styling felt most daring?


Using a divan bed was quite daring, as they have been out of Vogue for years, but actually are such a good solution. You can choose any headboard and they provide great storage. Plus I love how the valance sheet covering the base adds layers and texture. The gold leaf bedside lights, by Lighting at Home, give an unexpected edge and the bold marbled velvet cushion by Susi Bellamy perfectly brings everything together.


What sort of person would suit this room?
If you're not afraid of dark colour, rich textures and an opulent style then embrace this look! The open shelving and big bedside tables are perfect for an anti minimalist with lots of treasured possessions on show. Whilst the rich layered bed suits someone with a bold and daring style.

Hannah Cork

About Hannah Cork


With a background in events management and a BA Hons in Fine Art, her ability to combine a strong eye for composition and colour with robust organisational skills has led to art direction, set design, prop sourcing and styling. Clients include John Lewis, Matalan, Ikea, Tesco Home, DFS, Morso, Amazon, Marks & Spencer, Sharps and Neff.


Hannah has her own interiors column in the monthly lifestyle magazine ‘Edition. She regularly answers readers’ interiors questions in the Home section of the Sunday Times, and is often invited to speak to interior design degree and masters level university students. Recent interviews with Edition, The Sunday Times and coveted homeware brand Graham and Green give an insight into her practice.

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