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.


  • Reply mydesignchic October 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Very dramatic…

  • Reply Tommy October 18, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    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.

  • Reply A Perfect Gray October 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    ohhh, wonderful and yes, very delicious!

  • Reply Michelle Salz-Smith October 18, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    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….

  • Reply Ms. Pink October 19, 2010 at 1:50 am

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


  • Reply raina October 19, 2010 at 1:50 am

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

  • Reply Rachel October 19, 2010 at 2:09 am

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

  • Reply Leah October 19, 2010 at 2:57 am

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


  • Reply Marcus Design October 19, 2010 at 3:02 am

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

  • Reply Sarah October 19, 2010 at 4:20 am

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

  • Reply Carpe Diem October 19, 2010 at 4:47 am

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

  • Reply Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations October 19, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I'm in agreement. yum yum yum!

  • Reply Mr. Goodwill Hunting October 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

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

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  • Reply Ludmila {} October 19, 2010 at 7:33 am

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

  • Reply Belly October 19, 2010 at 7:58 am

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

  • Reply Helena - A Diary of Lovely October 19, 2010 at 8:45 am

    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 :)

  • Reply Urbanstems October 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

    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

  • Reply Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage October 19, 2010 at 9:41 am

    A great mix of traditional and modern.

  • Reply JulieB October 19, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Love this – very grown-up and sophisticated.

  • Reply Designwali October 19, 2010 at 11:07 am

    So moody & wonderful….thanks for this post!

  • Reply Graham October 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    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

  • Reply David Toms October 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

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

  • Reply Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair October 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    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

  • Reply jan October 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    How cosy is that? Love that fireplace setting!

  • Reply Natural History October 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    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.

  • Reply fawn October 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    So moody, I love it.

  • Reply Pinecone Camp October 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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

  • Reply vicki archer October 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Totally fab place…xv

  • Reply Amy R. October 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    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.

  • Reply luxe + lillies October 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    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!

  • Reply one sydney road October 19, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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

  • Reply Stacey October 20, 2010 at 1:08 am

    So cocoon like. I love it! XX

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm

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

  • Reply Hannah B. October 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

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

  • Reply Brandi October 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

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

  • Reply Dumbwit Tellher October 21, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I'm always drawn to the dark-side!

    ( : Deb

  • Reply Dallas Shaw October 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    will! love the darks…

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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

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