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Dare to go dark - interiors inspiration with Jenny Kakoudakis

Financial Crime Compliance officer by day, interiors blogger by night, Jenny Kakoudakis welcomed us into her family home in Surrey to give us the grand tour. Featuring a mix of styles, from modern to antique Greek pieces from her grandmother, we quizzed her on how to create a warm, family home with dark colours.

 

Decoration transformation

"The house was in good shape but decorated with magnolia and brown carpets when we bought it! The most offensive part was the artex on all ceilings. It had to go before we moved in. We had precisely 14 days from the day we got the keys to moving in. We were still carpeting the stairs the night before we moved. I didn’t put a single nail on the wall for six months after that!"

Dark Interiors

“There’s something very relaxing about being in a dark room. Maybe it’s the cave-like feeling. I find that dark walls accentuate colours, and I especially love jewel colours - like emerald green, ruby red, and fuchsia - in front of dark grey walls.”

Accents

“My advice for styling a dark room is to decide what accent colour or colours you want. This can be based on a painting you love, a vintage rug or a favourite cushion. Introduce colours that complement your dark walls and if you want to keep one colour around the room, try to introduce different materials and textures.”

Mya Velvet Cushion, purple
Bloco Bedspread, Multicolors
Hedra Bedside Table, Grey and brass

“My office is by far my favourite room. It’s where I blog from and where I read with my son. I’ve styled it with a certain “Girl Boss” vibe. My blog, “Seasons in Colour”, was meant to be a creative outlet for me and a place to record small projects around our home to share with friends and relatives.”

Normos Stationery Set, Gold
Kya Sideboard, Oak
Memoir table Lamp, black and brass

“For drama, I would work with rich coloured wood and velvet. I am thinking about re-covering our antique sofa in a luscious teal velvet that will look great against the red oriental rug. I also find that dark walls and metal work well. If you’re a fan of industrial style, you should give them a go.”

Mid-century office

“I was intending to get an orange scoop-back chair for my husband’s office, to go with the mid-century sideboard and desk. He beat me to it by getting the Hailey office chair. I was very pleased. It’s the only piece of furniture he’s purchased and it was spot on.”

Kid’s room in dark

“My son George loves reading - a good few proper books per week. I cannot describe his reaction when he saw the Rodnik shark chair. Ecstatic is an understatement. I have the Truman floor lamp in orange, so this is his favourite spot to read.”

Haley Swivel Chair, walnut
Rodnik Shark Chair, grey
Truman Task Lamp, orange

My advice

“It’s okay to work with a vision in your head. Even if it means that some of your furniture doesn’t make sense, temporarily. Just think of your end result and work towards it. Don’t impulse-buy just to fill an empty space in a room. I used to do this. But just wait until you find the right piece.”

Interiors in 2017

“Homes are becoming more eclectic. Whether it’s a velvet love seat, a copper bed, or cowhide cushions, people want a piece of luxury in their everyday life. They want products that aren’t mass produced. Limited edition pieces resonate with a lot of design-conscious consumers.”

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