Interior painting is included in our house contract. We won’t need to select paints for a while, but it’s a relaxing way to spend time while I am waiting for construction to start. In particular I want to get the double-height living room right because repainting it will involve scaffolding, an exercise I hope to avoid for many years.
Although I find rich, moody colours so tempting, the overall look we are going for with HBTW is light and natural. My plan is to use just one colour for most walls in the house. Here’s my shortlist:
Snow White, Feather dawn, Soft Apparition, Crystal Ball, Scribbly gum, Paper White.
I know it is absolutely necessary to test these on site because the colours online, in photos, in someone else’s room, in different light, etc, all look different. Take Scribbly Gum as an example. Based on the swatch above, it looks beige to me, rather than a light grey that I’m aiming for. But check out how it looks in this bedroom:
More grey, don’t you think?
One of my blog readers, who just moved into her Webb & Brown-Neaves home, painted boards with her sample pots of paint, so she could move them from room to room, and see how the paints looked in different spaces. Clever.
I do like the striking black, but I’m pretty sure my husband will say no. And, when I envision one dark coloured column in the whole open living area (kitchen, dining and living room), it seems isolated and wrong. My current preference is the grey, darker than the other walls, but not shouting for attention. On the other hand, here are a couple of spaces that I love, that manage to have a “feature wall” without it over-featuring:
Oh, the indecision!
The second area in contention for a variation in colour is the library. Originally, I assumed we’d stick to white/slightly grey, but my husband has other ideas and I could be persuaded. I’m going to save that discussion for another time. In the mean time, if you are craving colour, take a look at a few of my favourite places on the web for brave and wonderful use of colour:
(You can buy paint from them too if you are feeling adventurous.)