Boutique hotels point the way to decorating in the dark.

Decorating in the dark

Why stay somewhere ordinary, when remarkable quirkiness you can talk about for years afterwards can be yours for those special nights on the town? Domestic decorators are rarely prepared to go for a darker spin of the colour wheel, but for the designers behind these luxury lodgings (book them all and plenty more online at Mr & Mrs Smith) it’s darker, richer, stronger better. The Harbourmaster Hotel, Cardigan Bay frames a porthole bathroom window in majestic Magenta. Claretberry by Albany is a pretty close match. Blog-post-29th-Aug_04.jpg Suites at Belgraves (in London’s Belgravia, darling) feature lush, deep reds like Marston and Langinger’s Zandra. Blog-post-29th-Aug_02.jpg And The College Hotel in Amsterdam is maybe the bravest of them all, with walls of the darkest, most studious grey (try Albany’s Deepest Blue) providing a backdrop that makes every colour in front of it jump for joy. Blog-post-29th-Aug_06.jpg But if you’re still a bit scared of the dark, don’t worry. Start small – in the loo maybe, or even paint a piece of furniture to get used to the idea before you take the plunge. Come over to the dark side. You know you want to.

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