The 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.
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.
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.
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).
From this vantage point you can see both colours at once.
Back by the front door the cast iron radiator has had one top coat of the Old Penny Bronze.