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.

Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. 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.

  2. 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….

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

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

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


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

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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.