Painted Bedrooms


[Image: ‘Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture’ by Annie Sloan, published by CICO Books. Photography by Christopher Drake]

This is my bed at my house in France. It’s a French Napoleonic bed, which I painted in Chalk Paint™ in Antibes Green. I gilded the classical laurel leaves and shield in the bedhead. The bed now has an outrageous pomposity about it, even though the overall look of the room is not at all ostentatious. You’ll see I painted the mud walls in Chalk Paint™ too – I used Old White for those. The side table is painted in a mix of Antibes Green and Louis Blue. With the simplicity of the rest of the room, the focus remains on the bedhead.

If you love the look of this bed (and it really is simple to achieve), I wrote step by step instructions for painting, waxing and gilding a bed in this style in my book ‘Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More’ (CICO Books 2013).


[Image: ‘Room Recipes for Style and Colour’ by Annie Sloan and Felix Sloan, published by CICO Books, photography by Christopher Drake]

The classic Victorian brass bed in this typically English cottage is quite a contrast to my French Napoleonic bed! I came across this home when I was working on my last book. The house is set in an idyllic village in the English countryside and the interiors speak of nostalgia and the romance of the past. This bedroom is floral and vintage, with colours that have faded over time. The owner, Madeleine Tomlinson, has painted the panelling on the walls and the beams in the ceiling in soft whites, as the rest of the space is filled with Victorian and Edwardian floral prints and patterned quilts.

Janice Issitt bedroom

Image: Janice Issitt

In contrast to the muted palette of Madeleine Tomlinson’s cottage, Janice Issitt’s bedroom (above) demonstrates how florals can also be used to create a bohemian look. Janice painted the side table next to her bed in a vibrant boho palette of hot pink and clashing blues and greens, to echo the colours on her bedding. She created the pink colour by mixing together my Emperor’s Silk and Henrietta colours. Country Grey and Old White provide a neutral background to frame the rest of the cupboard – a similar effect being reflected with the interspacing of neutrals in the bed linen, too.


Image: ‘Room Recipes for Style and Colour’, by Annie Sloan and Felix Sloan, published by CICO Books, photography by Christopher Drake

Alex Russell-Flint’s lives and works in a rambling former schoolhouse in France. It’s an unusual space – certainly elegant, with a romantic and rustic tinge. This living space is laid out very simply with the beautiful wood panelled walls in the background painted in a lightened version of my colour Provence. The wrought-iron daybed is most likely an old hospital bed. The wood burner is cast iron and has a simple, elegant design.

Written by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

One of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts, Annie Sloan brings decades of expertise – and plenty of style – to her hugely popular line of decorative paint, Chalk Paint™.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Chalk Paint™ is a unique, eco-friendly, formula that sticks to just about any surface – inside and outside the home – without the need for priming or sanding. Inspired by 18th and 20th century décor and design, the range comprises over 30 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette. With a brand new line of stencils, fabrics, brushes, waxes to provide protection and durability to painted projects, and other finishing products, Annie’s inspirations are transforming more and more homes every day.

While growing the range, Annie also finds time to swap paintbrush for pen. Her 24 books on decorative painting, with a 25th due to come out later this year, have sold well over 2 million copies and are giving people the world over the skills and confidence to get creative.

A passionate supporter of small businesses, Annie only sells her products through independent shops. She encourages each of her tight-knit group of global Stockists to be individual and inspiring in their ventures and – like the lovers of her paints and products – to find their own Annie Sloan.

Annie trained as a fine artist and turned to decorative work after university in the mid -1970s while painting murals in houses as commissions. By 1987, Annie had written the phenomenally successful book ‘The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques’ which is considered to be the industry bible on the subject. Unable to find the paints that she wished to work with, Annie used her knowledge of colour, paint, pigments and art history and invented Chalk Paint™ in 1990.

In 2000 Annie set up a shop in Oxford to showcase Chalk Paint™, run courses, and offer interior design services. More books followed and there are now nearly 1,500 Stockists around the world, with 43 Stockists in Canada and growing, and an ever-expanding portfolio of complementary products.

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