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10/18/2010 // 40 comments

Home Tour: Delicious Darks Inside Location 78

Graham Atkins-Hughes is the talented photographer behind designer Abigail Ahern’s book A Girls Guide to Decorating, and for those who have read the book you will be able to appreciate his ability to capture the personality of a space perfectly through his lens. Graham and Jo have recently decorated their East London townhouse in a glorious array of inky hues, with added punchy burnt orange accents to anchor the velvety dark shades. It’s refreshing to see a home embracing dark colours across walls, floors and doors in the way the Atkins-Hughes have in their home. The mix of vintage vases, striking art works and the Racing Green armchair allows their living room to ooze class and sophistication, which continues in their bedroom with floor-to-ceiling teal cabinets. Quite simply: delicious. Whats more, if you are looking for a location to shoot in then stop looking because their home is available to hire for editorial and advertising shoots. Pop over to their website for all the details.
mydesignchic

18 / 18 / 2010

Very dramatic…

Tommy

18 / 18 / 2010

I love how they've used such dark (and delicious) colors in a way that does not make the space seem like it's going to swallow you whole. In fact, it's quite the opposite and very welcoming. How clever of them to cash in on it.

A Perfect Gray

18 / 18 / 2010

ohhh, wonderful and yes, very delicious!

Michelle Salz-Smith

18 / 18 / 2010

I absolutely adore dark cozy rooms. Such a beautiful post Will!

And Tommy is right. Dark rooms don't always “shrink”. Dark colors can make corners recede actually giving the illusion of a larger space….

Ms. Pink

19 / 19 / 2010

love this post, I have such a blog crush on you :)

mp
http://www.thepinkandblueblog.com/

raina

19 / 19 / 2010

I love the dark mix with color. I have been dying to get 'Girls Guide” but it's not available in the States.

Rachel

19 / 19 / 2010

Ooh I love the drama created by the dark colour of the walls. The splashes of orange and green really make this work well.

Leah

19 / 19 / 2010

So Delicious!!! All I need now is some dark chocolate and a glass of wine! Excellent!!!

Luvs!

Marcus Design

19 / 19 / 2010

Love the drama and warmth of this!! Dark = yummy. Thank you for popping by today Will :)
Nancy xo

Sarah

19 / 19 / 2010

How dramatic a room becomes with such dark walls. The pops of color really help bring the room to life.. I like it!

Carpe Diem

19 / 19 / 2010

Delish darks is right! This design seems to have the perfect balance between dark hues and pops of white, orange, greens..etc. Perfect balance.

I'm in agreement. yum yum yum!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

19 / 19 / 2010

I could see myself living here. Just as it is.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Ludmila {creamylife.com}

19 / 19 / 2010

so chic! a very elegant and dramatic home, the velvet throughout is looking fabulous!

Belly

19 / 19 / 2010

Absolutely delicious. Love the pairing of the dark walls with light leather couch in the top picture.

I thought it looked very Abigail! Very special.
I went to her store the other weekend, some fabulous pieces there! I left empty handed but did enjoy some great eye candy :)

Urbanstems

19 / 19 / 2010

It is fab. His work is amazing – check out the garden for the house too. A small city garden and it rocks – it has the grey tones too. Sinead

A great mix of traditional and modern.

JulieB

19 / 19 / 2010

Love this – very grown-up and sophisticated.

Designwali

19 / 19 / 2010

So moody & wonderful….thanks for this post!

Graham

19 / 19 / 2010

Thank you all for your wonderful words and positive thoughts,we didn't know that will had done this post until a few moments ago,so huge thank you to Will, we are launching an online shop soon so we will be hoping that's just a popular, we will be in touch Graham&Jo x

David Toms

19 / 19 / 2010

Very dark and delicious!! I love them they are shall I say 'masculine”

Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair

19 / 19 / 2010

ooh yes i like this – very dramatic – I've ben toying with the idea of a dark grey so its good to see how stylish it looks
Rachie xo

jan

19 / 19 / 2010

How cosy is that? Love that fireplace setting!

Natural History

19 / 19 / 2010

This deserves a new collective noun, I think – a triumph of chairs! Each one is lovelier than the last and I LOVE the black (have just been talking about black over on abcd design, in fact!) and the ORANGE.

fawn

19 / 19 / 2010

So moody, I love it.

Pinecone Camp

19 / 19 / 2010

Ooh, I'd love to curl up in that green or orange chair. What a beautiful place!

vicki archer

19 / 19 / 2010

Totally fab place…xv

Amy R.

19 / 19 / 2010

Dark & delicious! I don't think I would have the courage, I love gray too much but I would not mind to visit for long periods of time:)

Amy R.

luxe + lillies

19 / 19 / 2010

I am just in love, no, make it totally obsessed with dark color palettes this falls. SO sexy, SO cozy, SO inviting. I want and need! LOVE this post!

one sydney road

19 / 19 / 2010

so dark and dramatic – would love to do a room in a dark color like that. feels so warm & cozy! gorgeous.

Stacey

20 / 20 / 2010

So cocoon like. I love it! XX

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

20 / 20 / 2010

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this fab home. It's really interesting reading what parts of it appeals to each of you.

Hannah B.

20 / 20 / 2010

*Perfect* inspiration! We are getting ready to redo our house in a gray, peacock and yellow scheme! :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

20 / 20 / 2010

Hannah – Wow, that sounds like a great scheme. Hope the redo goes well!

Brandi

20 / 20 / 2010

I love these moody rooms and colors and the velvet chairs are the perfect touch!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

20 / 20 / 2010

Brandi – The green velvet chair is my favourite part of their home. Graham and Jo have excellent taste, that's for sure!

Dumbwit Tellher

21 / 21 / 2010

I'm always drawn to the dark-side!

( : Deb

Dallas Shaw

21 / 21 / 2010

will! love the darks…
dallas
http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

21 / 21 / 2010

Dallas – I'm still amazed by this space, even days after discovering it!