Thursday, 19 April 2012

Decisions, decisions

We've lived in our 100 year old house for 12 years now. In that time we've had two children, overhauled the garden, started and abandoned an allotment, left a job (me), started a company (Mr DC), learned to play the piano (me) ... the one thing we haven't done is repainted our bedroom. And it shows, believe me, it shows. We've gone through all the other rooms and are now back to the point where most of them need repainting, but still, our room is a shameful secret, the one where I close the doors if anyone comes to visit and needs to go upstairs to the bathroom.

But no more! We are finally going for it! Someone is coming to remove the old wallpaper and rehang it and paint it for us. And I am very excited BUT it means we have to choose wall colours. I'm not good at this. We have made big decor mistakes in the past and had to live with them (the orange living room had to be seen to be believed) so we're going to be a bit restrained. But still, I am not ready to magnolia my life.


So, shades of cream? Tasteful Country Living style colours with fabulous names? The trouble is, they don;t look the same in the pot as on the wall, and they don't look the same in different parts of the room or at different times of day - you all know this, and the photos make it abundantly clear. As a result, our walls are patched with blocks of colour. And are we closer to a decision? Maybe ...



At the moment, the lightest shade (it's called Wildwood, but let's face it, it's beige) is winning for the "feature wall" (hark at me) with the paler cream for the remaining three walls, but nothing is set in stone.

19 comments:

  1. We've been in our house for 12 years and have a room like that!

    But last year I did repaint the living room and adjoining dining room, I chose F&B 'Slipper Satin' ... ooo posh!
    It's designed to show off natural wood ... it does and I love it! It's a sort of grey/buff/off-white sort of hard to describe colour, but it makes brighter colours really sing.

    Celia
    xx

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  2. Oooo! My kitchen is Slipper Satin (or rather my local tradies shop's equivalent. Same same for about half the price).

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  3. CK calls all the colours I choose 'lining paper murk'.

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  4. I painted big bits of cardboard and moved them around the room to see how it looked when I was having the kitchen and then the hall painted.
    The wall colour in the kitchen is F&B Pointing. It's cream! But very lovely and shows off all the other colour in the room (i.e. your feature wall!) It's warm but clean. Hark at me!!!
    The hall though, has a fabulously rich new look - Fitzrovia Red : )

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  5. I think nice and light though have you thought about wallpaper - just one wall.....maybe.

    Nina x

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  6. Oh, you have my deepest sympathies. I hate choosing paint colors.

    In our last house, I wanted a pretty tan. I chose one and we painted the living room/dining room/halls and gah! -- it was too pink. Moving right along, I chose a tan again for the family room -- still in search of the same perfect tan. Gah again! it was too yellow (I learned to love it though!) So...now we moved to the basement and someone told me to pick fabric for the curtains first and then match that perfect tan. Holy Gah -- it was too green! Each time I just lived with those mistakes 'cause it was too much work to repaint them. FINALLY, the fourth shot -- the guest room -- I found the tan I'd been looking for!
    Luckily, that curse didn't follow me to this house (well maybe a little with the baby poop kitchen) and the tan I just chose for the entry hall is just right.

    GOOD LUCK -- you're doing the right thing by trying little patches -- I wasn't that smart!

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  7. Choosing paint colours is so very hard especially because (as you say) the colours look different at different times of day and different areas of the room. It is exciting though and obviously once you have new walls you'll be completely justified in thinking about new bedding and bits and pieces. Once it's done it will be a lovely little sanctuary for you. You'll be leaving the door open in future when you have visitors!

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  8. I am Rubbish at choosing colours, I found a "magnolia" I liked and use it everywhere now. Very boring. and safe......

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  9. I think they look like very sophisticated colours. It was 17 years before our bedroom got an overhaul even though the boys' bedrooms had several makeovers in that time. It will be lovely when it's finished.

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  10. decorating for me is fun, one thing I have learnt from moving and redecorating is to be brave and go with your first instinct. I love F&B colour names, elephant breath, mouses back, dead salmon - just perfect.

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  11. Bigbean and I are sososo bad at choosing colours that almost the entire hous is a very exclusive colour called Dulux White Emulsion...
    I am always rather jealous of people who have test patches on their walls!
    Good luck! Ax

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  12. I love buying test pots. I bought loads looking for the elusive grey I wanted for our bedroom and I still love it two years later. Keep us updated!

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  13. Oh it's hard isn't it? We have a lot of magnolia-esque walls. And most of them need repainting. Your options look very sophisticated indeed.

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  14. I know exactly what you mean. Our house had everything overhauled and the bedroom was last. Of course it was all a lot longer than 12 years ago when we started so you can imagine the style..it now mostly needs 're-over hauling,' We had the same problems with paint shades. I think its all very well having a bright modern house with say, palest duck egg on the walls ,but in the dark corners of a north facing kitchen in a Victorian house it can look very cold and miserable.
    Sometimes its quite nice to live with samples on the walls.

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  15. So tricky. Are you any closer to a decision? Last year we had our porch rebuilt. Half way through I realised the new brocks we'd sourced looked no good at all with our old house. I had five hours to source old bricks. Oh dear. Managed it though!

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  16. I love all those colours, greys too as I find them so restful. How exciting that you're finally doing the painting, I'm sure it'll be more than worth the wait and I hope you post a photo when it's done.

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  17. I really fancy some grey here - maybe in our kitchen. Everywhere else is painted white as it was the fastest way to cover up all the weird room schemes we inherited without too much procrastination. My kitchen will now be the room that just never gets painted as long as we live here!

    The greys and beiges all look like lovely choices for a nice restful room - you can't go wrong!

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  18. I used to decorate elderly people's houses for Age Concern - without fail, they always chose magnolia. Grey will keep you young.

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  19. I've been on a grey and blues kick over here - but do plan on keeping the pale yellow in the living room. I haven't told my husband that I want to repaint it - the, uh, same colour - yet...

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