Autumn Decorating Day 4

IMG_6748The first coat of Calamine went on in the entrance hall. This was followed by more patching of the walls as the even paint coat shows up imperfections that are not as visible beforehand. P and T are very thorough.

IMG_6751You certainly can’t say I worked with a restricted palette on this house!

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The first house we built and decorated was completely white inside – Dulux’s Dove White on the walls, ceilings and woodwork. It looked lovely and it was easy because I didn’t have to think too hard about colour – I could save it for the fittings, furniture and accessories. Also because it was so open plan it was difficult to decide where to stop one colour and start another.

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The next house we bought was completely cream inside – walls ceilings and woodwork. Both of these were modern Australian homes and the pared back colour palette seemed to suit modern homes in a hot country.

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Then we moved to UK and I got a bit more adventurous with colour. This was my first red room, in the Victorian terrace we bought in Liverpool – though still many of the rooms were white. I think that because the UK climate is colder, and the sky greyer, having more colour in the home makes it feel warmer, cosier and more inviting. This current house then is really the culmination years of pent up colour desire – I have gone technicolour just at the moment when Little Greene and Farrow and Ball are bringing out entire colour charts simply with dozens of shades of grey (which is very ‘in’ at the moment).

IMG_6749With the walls almost finished, you find your eye catching all of the period details instead of the patchy, cracked old walls.

IMG_6752Going up the stairs.

IMG_6753At this point the colour changes for the next two floors.

IMG_6755A second coat of the Pigeon has been applied.

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From this vantage point you can see both colours at once.

IMG_6756Up to the top floor.

IMG_6759Looking sharper with this second coat.

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Back by the front door the cast iron radiator has had one top coat of the Old Penny Bronze.

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8 thoughts on “Autumn Decorating Day 4

  1. all divine, and while saluting your expertise, taste and effort, I see ‘Pigeon’ and ‘Calamine’ merely as enhancing backdrops for the coat colours of The Cats …

    • Thanks iODyne – Pigeon and Calamine were selected to go with the grey carpet on order, which is precisely the same colour as the bales and bales of cat fur that get deposited on the floor…

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