Interior design consultant and top blogger Kate Watson-Smyth invites us into her chic and monochrome en suite at home
"So the walls in here are Pavilion Grey by Farrow & Ball, but it was a saga,’ confides Kate Watson-Smyth, blogger, author and interior design consultant who might know a thing or two about wall colours. Her book ‘Shades of Grey’ is encyclopedic on the subject of choosing the right grey, and on her blog, Mad About The House, the original article on choosing the right shade, has now been viewed over half a million times – her most popular post ever. ‘I wanted a blush pink and my husband Adam was equally certain that he didn’t. We tried about 15 testers and none of them were quite right. I then suggested painting the ceiling in Down Pipe to link the space with the bathroom and leaving the walls white. He was not convinced. I painted it. He hated it. So I asked, what colour he did actually want and he said: ‘Well it turns out I like blush pink after all’. ‘Amazingly we are still married! Anyway, I was over pink by that stage, paid a decorator to put the ceiling back to white and we started talking about pale greys.’ After all that, Kate says this colour is perfect with the orientation of the room.
The five bedroom Edwardian terrace house in North London was in two flats when the couple bought it six years ago, and was a massive renovation project from the get-go, with every room makeover chronicled in detail through Kate’s hugely successful blog. They live here with sons Isaac, 15, Noah, 13, and cat Enid and this bedroom was one of the last rooms decorated.
‘I’d seen a similar idea of a dividing wall like this in New York, so when it came to doing that bedroom, which is pretty big, it seemed like the obvious solution,’ says Kate. ‘Wardrobes in alcoves are never quite roomy enough and I felt that the bed might be slightly lost. The wallpaper and the skirting boards are key to the feel. I’m really happy with how it has all come together.’
Photos by Paul Craig
Article by: Ciara Elliott