Abigail Ahern's rooms are dark and seductive as photographed for her book, A Girl's Guide to Decorating. These rooms wrap you up like a cozy blanket when you're reading on the sofa late at night. Besides the inspirational photos, the book offers how-tos such as how to make perspex shutters and how to put up a ceiling rose.She also gives instructions for how to hang wallpaper, how to sand and paint floors, and how to hang art and mirrors. Ahern' inspires us the most, however, by her unconventional color scheme. And if you, too, like her color palette, she includes an instructional on the difference between tones and shades, warm and cool colors, and gives an explanation on how to mix colors.
• 1 The best part about her dark color palette is that she always adds pops of color, like this fabulous bright pink coffee table.
• 2 This kitchen remains fairly neutral, even though the cupboards are a bright blue.
• 3 She also loves wallpaper. And we love this idea for a bar.
• 4 We like the open-display collection of white ceramic against the rich color of the wall. The painting above the sink is just homey.
• 5 Bedrooms should be soothing, and the black and white combo is certainly calming. The pillows are the perfect touch of luxuriousness.
• 6 Ahern has mastered the dark room without it feeling heavy and oppressive. The bed blends with the walls, and the white sheets are the right stroke of lightness.
• 7 This may be our favorite room in the whole book. Black-painted floors? A pop of color with that orange throw? The architectural lamp? This room has all of our favorites.
• 8 Pink! with a darkish wallpaper and black-painted floors, the pink isn't too girly.
• 9 A neutral bedroom that's all texture.
• 10 A vignette of color and texture.
For more pictures of her work, see Abigail Ahern's Web site
Image: Graham Atkins-Hughes