The room: Kerry and Sophie’s bedroom, dunked by leather-clad Laurence Llewelyn Bowen into swirling layers of rich purple, berry and pink and featuring a bespoke pergola-effect headboard and statement ceiling. He also adorned the wall with a fantastical digital wallpaper design – and a gilt-framed portrait… of himself.
Laurence’s inspiration: Superheroes! Laurence sought to bring a “villain’s lair” vibe to the home of Marvel and DC superfans Kerry and Sophie. Cue richly pigmented, ka-pow colours and over-the-top design details.
The colour scheme: The walls and ceiling were coated in Velvet Robe, while the voluptuous headboard arch effect came to life with Berry Smoothie, Velvet Robe, Party Balloons and Sweet Pink – just watch our how-to video to see how you can recreate this look at home. The ceiling effect was created by dappling Berry Smoothie with Sea Nettle and Blue Incense.
Biggest surprise: The first paint can that LLB popped open during the “get your lids off” moment. It was - uncharacterisitically - Brilliant White. He was having us on, of course.
What we learned: After years of knocking down walls to create an “open plan” space, we’re ready to embrace a wall – especially if it means gaining an airy, calm (and very white) office like the one Laurence carved out for Kerry and Sophie.
Best quote: Pleased with his design for Kerry and Sophie, Laurence says triumphantly: “Who brought the sauce? I brought the sauce!”
Made by Marianne: We asked our Creative Director, Marianne Shillingford, for some alternative colour palettes inspired by Laurence’s vision for the room: Using paint to create a bit of interest in a relatively plain room without any architectural features is a brilliant (and cost-effective) idea. We loved the way Laurence used painted concentric arches behind Kerry and Sophie’s bed for a bit of extra punch. If the pop of pinks isn’t for you, the beauty of this technique is that it can be completed in any combination of colours to create differing effects. If you like the idea of tonal graduating colours, then use colours in the same colour family in light and dark shades. For example, if green was more your thing, you could use Tranquil Dawn, Overtly Olive and Pebble Shore to create a more sophisticated alternative. Or you could go all out with a rainbow of different brights such as Raspberry Diva, Blood Orange and Golden Sands for your very own bedside sunset.