We’re so excited to be sharing our newest home update with you today! Some of you may think that we’ve gone completely mad, but we think it’s amazing and still can’t quite believe that we were daring enough to do it.
After sharing yesterday’s post on how to introduce colour into your home when your decorating style is usually more neutral, we decided to listen to our own advice for a change. We thought it would be fun to go all out and make a more adventurous design decision for a change. And that’s exactly what we’ve done!
If you’re wondering what on earth we’re on about – we’ve painted our dining room!
Here’s a reminder of what it used to look like:
But before we show you the results (no cheating and scrolling to the bottom!), we thought it would be fun to share how we came to the decision we made and the thought process behind it.
Usually, when we decide to paint a room it involves buying a load of tester pots, painting blobs of colour all over the room followed by countless discussions of what will work, then finally making a decision and often it’s still not the right choice. So when Dulux told us about their free Visualizer App we were super keen to give it a test run. Anything that helps make design decisions easier, especially if you’re choosing a bold paint colour, has got to be a good thing.
The app itself (for both Android and iOS) is genius. All you do is point your phone at your room, like you were about to take a picture, and it automatically assesses the space and recognises the areas that are walls. Then you just choose from hundreds of colours (or it can match a colour in your room) and click on the wall you want to colour. The app then virtually applies the colour and you can see what your room will look like straight away. If you’re happy with the result and look of your room you can then save the image to review later or even share it with friends and family.
After first installing the visualizer app on my phone I probably spend a good hour walking through our house and “redecorating” every room. It’s so fun to see what your room would look like in different colours, and as always it’s amazing what a difference a bit of paint could make. In general the app works really well (although it does struggle in rooms that are dark) and recognised the walls and ceiling with a surprising amount of accuracy.
Of course, we also had a play around with some interesting colour choices in our dining room before actually deciding on one. Here are a few of the options that we discussed.
Teal Touch (An amazing colour but just a bit too much for us) / Perfectly Taupe (Lovely, but a bit too safe) / Luscious Lime (Wow. But also not for us)
So, I’m sure you’re all dying to know what it is we actually went for and – drumroll please – here is our finished room!
Yep, it’s black!
Well actually it’s a very dark blue-grey, but that doesn’t sound quite as dramatic, does it?
We would never have made such a daring decision if we did not see it in the app and visualise it first. I totally get that it’s not for everyone but we love how the colours of all of our books, art and other things really pop against the dark background.
Another reason that we felt like we could take the “risk” and go for such a bold statement is because Dulux offers a “Let’s Colour Guarantee” which means that if your colour isn’t right the first time, they will replace it for you!
Although we had a really good idea of what the room would look like thanks to the app. I totally admit that we did have an “omg, what have we done moment” when we applied the first coat of paint.
The contrast between the light walls that we used to have and the new dark colour is so extreme, but the more we painted, the more it felt right.
The paint covered really well and even after just the first patchy coat the room was totally transformed. As always when we paint walls, we choose a flat matt finish (we used Dulux Durable Flat Matt). We think that it looks more contemporary and it hides any imperfections in the walls too.
We worried that the room would feel darker or smaller if we painted it a dark colour, but it doesn’t!
The area around our window is obviously still really messy. We hope to replace the window soon and will then reinstate the architrave, which should give us a nice clean edge to set off the dark colour.
We’re still kind of in shock, partly because this is by far the most daring decorating decision we’ve ever made and because we spontaneously decided to paint the room on a Friday evening. We then bought paint first thing Saturday (usually it takes us weeks to decide) and now we are so happy with our choice.
I guess it just goes to show that a daring design decision can be a good thing!
What’s the most daring design decision you’ve ever made? Would you ever consider painting a room as dark as we have? Do you have a go-to, favourite colour for your walls that always seems to work? Do you have any tips on choosing a bold paint colour? Have you used the Dulux Visualizer App yet? What did you think of it?
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