When we moved in the living room was a blank , unloved canvas, (see more in my House Tour post here) the walls were newly plastered and painted plain white and the floor was bare concrete...
First step - the floor. We already knew we wanted matching laminate for both the living and dining rooms - well what we really wanted was wood but that was waaaaaaay out of our budget...
Second was the sofas. Two chesterfield style beauties at clearance price because there were a new model prototypes from the amazing SofaSofa based in South Wales. In the shop they looked silver grey so I thought "easy, they will go with anything" Wrong! After getting them home and holding a million colour charts next to them I realised they are actually greige...use the wrong colour with them (including pure white) and instead of fresh light grey they look dirty. Not the look I wanted. So I needed to pick something muted rather than fresh. I also wanted to be daring and go darker to really make the sofas really stand out. Armed with my pinterest and home magazine ideas off I went to B&Q and Valspar's wall of colour heaven :-D
Painting is the easy part, for me its choosing a scheme that's the hard part. I love colour and pattern, clean simple design, rustic raw materials but I also like vintage items with history and classic 'downton' elegance...not too much to ask of one room right?
Fossilised is a beautifully deep warm colour but as I wanted to do all 4 walls the same it was just a tad dark for me (im not that brave!) so I went for Valspar's Grey Green Linen. (top middle)
I also decided to add in a fake picture rail by masking of the top section of wall using a spirit level. As I began painting I did have a moment where I thought i'd made a terrible mistake and gone too dark...but then I get that feeling everytime I paint! Now I absolutely LOVE it.
Its amazing how light and how much bigger the room feels by painting it darker!
Darker and especially muted shades trick your eye into thinking they are in the distance - look at a landscape. Close up colours are bright but the further away they get the more dusky colours become.
This beautiful colour is like a chameleon on your walls, throughout the day and different lighting it changes from true grey to sage green to duck egg blue. It also works as an amazing neutral to set off other colours (I may have grabbed things from all around my house in every possible colour to test out!) Some favourites were Purple/Lilac, Post box Red, Pinks, Blues and Yellow Ochres.
Now as a rule I DONT do pastels but I also am not one to say no to new things!
So with the arrival of spring time the room has now evolved to include a hint of dusky rose pink and sunny yellow, inspired by a bunch of tulips and daffs.
(I wanted to add in all ochre yellows, not pink but my husband YES my husband!? said he preferred the 'homely and warm' dusky pink!)
Even Elsa has given it her paw of approval and No! I am not slowly painting all of my house grey to match my cat... :-p
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