Design Hadithi | Dark Broody & Moody Bedroom Decor Inspo

I am obsessed with white and black… especially with the idea of those two colours on my walls! Not only are black and white pieces is heavy rotation in my closet, I’m also obsessed with the idea of painting my home … as in doing it myself… Full confession, years back just before my little Ziz was born I tried painting her nursery, I actually went out bought my self a painting roller, picked out the colour I wanted – it was a deep yellow ‘Tivolli gold’ I think is what duracoat had named it, I went home and thought to myself, how hard can this be?! I found out shortly afterwards at which point I took this ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓ sage advice from duck dynasty, and quickly finished slapping on that paint on one wall then I closed the door and wished it away.


I only got to paint one wall, and I don’t know why I thought it would be a great idea considering I was several months pregnant and even batting my eyelids at the time was an uphill battle. Boy was I exhausted by the time I was done-ish! I wound up calling my painter, who of course had it finished in a matter of hours! But since then I have watched a couple of painters do their thing and I think I now know where I went wrong so here’s my advice:

  1. Painting DIY and pregnancy hormones is a NO-NO… the hormones may be screaming NEST WOMAN! YOU NEED TO NEST!!! at this point I suggest you pick up your phone and call a nest builder DO NOT try build that nest yourself! (NOTE: this does not apply to food babies or beer babies)
  2. Its probably a good idea to Pinterest YouTube the living daylights out of how to paint a wall… Please note I crossed out Pinterest because this is what happens when you go to Pinterest:botomless pit
  3. Paint one coat and LET IT DRY before re-applying another coat of paint, also depending on your current wall colour and the colour you intend to paint getting an appropriate primer will ensure you get the results you envision.
  4. Ask for paint samples and actually swatch a sizeable section of your wall, then see if you like how it shows on the wall before committing to buying a 20 litre bucket of painT! If you can’t get samples, I say buy a 1 litre test it out, see how it interacts with both natural and artificial lighting… and hormonal peaks and pits of your wife.
  5. Masking tape (or painters tape if you are easily hoodwinked into buying something pricier) is your friend, use it anyplace where you don’t want a certain paint colour or any paint period to get to. Also use a smaller brush to apply paint to the area adjacent to your masking tape.

Yes, I’ve garnered all of that ⇑⇑ ⇑⇑ from watching painters work … and paint dry … thats why I can authoritatively propose you follow tip 3. ⇑⇑ ⇑⇑! Stay tuned to know my ‘TIPS’ are a load of hogwash… the hogwashery or lack thereof shall be unveiled as soon as I pick out another paint roller & attempt to paint again… I’m still part of the peanut gallery until that happens!

I have been playing around with the idea of painting my bedroom walls black, and the more I see these pictures the more inclined I am to ignore that niggling voice at the back of my mind questioning how I’ll spot the mosquitoes during mosquito season!!

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I mean look at this ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓


Image: Pinterest

I love the interplay between the dark and the light, and if you are new here you should know I’m partial to a distressed rug! The textures just make the room come alive there’s the juju hat (the feathered masterpiece above the bed REALLY is called that!), the crisp white bedding, the velvet throw pillows, the wool throw the distressed rug, the wood the leather trunks… all these different textures are what make this room anything but dark and broody and I am all for it!!!!

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I mean what can I say ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓!!! I don’t know what to be more excited about! the fiddle leaf fig, the bamboo swing chair or the black on black moment happening between the walls and the bedding, Not a fan of that light fixture but I suppose the room does need a statement light fixture!

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Image: Pinterest

The largest bank of windows in my bedroom… and I’m being generous by using the term bank… maybe I should call it my microfinancier windows!… open into an atrium and have frosted glass… so I don’t think all black walls like that ⇑⇑ ⇑⇑ would work for me, I’m leaning towards an accent wall..or two, then having everything else brilliant white, so I quite like the idea of this room ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓.

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I am getting hot flushes just staring at that chandelier… and I know that at my age the only hot flashes I should be experiencing are from seeing Charlie Hunnam shirtless – (if you are reading this post out loud and you happen to be next to my husband then please note that ‘Charlie Hunnam’ is pronounced as /mʌɪ/  /ˈhʌzbənd/.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) 

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Image: My domaine

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I happened to find (and by ‘happened to find’ I mean as I was obsessively pinning… right around my 500dth – pin in the span of an hour! I need an #ElectronicHoarders Anonymous in Nairobi… Hi I’m Abida and I’m a Pinterest addict… I pin till I get pin-ebriated… I just don’t know when to stop). I digressed, I found a moody room that had navy walls… before I saw this pin, had you even suggested I consider painting my nails, let alone my walls navy I would’ve scoffed at the suggestion and then proceeded to delete you off my contact list – because no one needs that kind of negativity in their life 🤨! but alas I sit here a changed woman… all because of ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓…oh and that tangled chandelier is $500… yes – 500 USD *breaks in cold sweat* (I want to buy things but I don’t want to spend money!) … I don’t know what the conversion rate to Ksh. is because I can’t keep up it keeps going up the same way I imagine a g-string would on one of those video vixens with a behind that occupies its own zip code. Also that colour on the wall is called ‘forest blue’, the marvels of marketing! See I would have had selective amnesia to your existence had you asked me to paint my walls navy blue… but had you told me forest blue! well thats a whole different ball game! Forest blue is a colour of style connoisseurs!

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Image: Maison

My bed is wooden…I don’t know what to call that ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓ tone but you can see it! and this is my second bed that I’ve had custom made…when I did my room was much larger than what I have now so the scale was perfect but I feel like it takes up too much prominence and I need to take it down a notch or two (literally) by getting my carpenter to bring it down to earth… pff! has it’s head in the clouds! That I think will do two three things:

  1. It will ensure the bed doesn’t overpower the room and;
  2. It will give me plenty of room to put up art work above the head board… considering this is one of the only walls I can do so.
  3. Stop me from hoarding things underneath my bed…

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The two walls I’m thinking of painting black are the one behind my headboard and the one behind the mirror. You know what? I’ve enjoyed taking photo’s of my boudoir ⇑⇑ ⇑⇑ and immnna do a room tour next week!!!!!

Should I paint the wall black, then I would also consider getting the bed frame white washed… I have so many plans for this room and my husband and his allergies  need to take a long trip so that I can actualise all the painting required to fulfil my vision!!

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Image: Coco Lapine Design

Honestly I could go on and on burrrrt I think I’ll stop here and just leave you with a slideshow ⇓⇓ ⇓⇓ of .. oh, I don’t know 200 images… or you can just check out my Pinterest board… if you vibe with my pins!

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Thank you for reading and I’d love to hear your thoughts on dark bedrooms… better yet share some of your photo’s or design inspo for dark rooms (not the photography kind!) If you just chuckled at my attempt at humour I now know two  three (everything looks better in 3’s) things about you:

  • You are not a millennial (at least not from generation z!)
  • You are a photographer who thinks 35mm film is the bees knees #MagotiYaNyuki!


  • You’ll know that that ⇑⇑ ⇑⇑ is not tiny Tupperware

(Disclaimer: I will not be giving $10… THIS IS NOT A GIVEAWAY!!)

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