I’m currently planning my weekend which will be dedicated to the painting of our apartment.
Since we moved in we’ve had the delight of fairly muted walls and we would like to keep it that way. Having neutral walls gives you the luxury of an eternal canvas to work with; you can hang pictures and put up shelves without worrying about colour clashes or a distracting opulent background.
At the moment some of the walls are a sort of mushroom grey/ green which is in a need of lightening and freshening up. The bedroom and kitchen are both a deep red which can be a little over powering. The bathroom was originally bright orange/ yellow which sort of reminded me of being on holiday, but it was a bit much for me so I used a muted grey with a hint of blue. It’s not that I’m scared of colour, I just prefer accents and accessories within things like pictures and cushions, which are also a lot easier to change.
The exciting thing about our fresh lick of paint is that we will be photographing the space to make it available for shoots, videos etc. in the future. In order to make it as appealing as possible I’m going for the Scandinavian look with it’s fresh, clean lines. The colour I have gone for in the living and dining area is Nordic Bliss, sounds divine, doesn’t it? It’s basically a slightly off-white with a hint of grey. For the bedroom I’m using Pressed Thistle which is a sort of purpley grey.
We couldn’t quite wait until the weekend so we’ve been starting the preparation, which I’m very glad we did as now we can take our time.
A few little tips that I can now pass on to you:
1. Prepare the walls, remove any tape, fill in any holes and give them a quick wipe to remove any dust (or creepy crawlies that you’d rather not be a paint-laminated part of your decor). Also put old newspapers down on the floor and move all furniture as far away as possible, rollers do splatter no matter how slow you go; I have the dotty skin to prove it.
2. Make sure you have all your “tools” at the ready – a set of paint brushes for the tricky corners, a couple of rollers and a paint tray. (I normally throw away the roller bit after I use it as cleaning it can be a bit fiddly, also when it dries it can get crispy which won’t give you the best finish on your next paint job) I’m telling you all this because I ended up using a baking tray for paint…
3. Pick your colours carefully, think about where the sun rises; what are your brightest points in your home, where can you get away with richer colours and where should you be sensitive to the darker spots by using lighter colours.
4. Get some tunage on so you can dance while you paint, also a couple of bottles of beer wouldn’t go amiss if it’s not a school night. Painting is a bit of a workout so I suggest you round it up with a takeaway.
I’m really looking forward to putting some professional shots of my own home up on here, until then you can browse my inspiration on Pinterest – Warehouse . I’ll be adding to this board and creating a few more for each room/area as I go along.
Now for the highlight of my week: I think I may have made a couple of new fwends in the DIY shop on Chapel Market (they don’t know we are firm fwends yet), they’ve stayed open a little later every evening to mix up my paints and answer my silly questions. Next time I visit them I might go down in dungarees with paint flecks all over my face so that I look authentic, maybe they’ll even give me a discount for looking so “with it”.
If you would like help with designing your own space, do get in touch.