Only 2 more days until we get the keys to our new home!!!
One of our favourite home improvement projects is painting. It’s such an easy way to transform a space and best of all it’s quick, too!
When planning the colour scheme for our Edwardian house we played it safe. Most colours were subtle and neutral tones but we did get more daring over time and turned our boring light grey dining room into a cosy blue-black space.
We learned which colours worked well together. We also learned a lot about ourselves and about our preferences and while the colour choices in our last home were very safe (and possibly a bit boring) we’ve learned that taking risks can pay off, too.
We always knew we wouldn’t be staying in our house forever and keeping things neutral seemed like the right thing to do for resale purposes but in our new apartment, we’ll be choosing a colour scheme that we want without feeling like we have to please anyone but ourselves.
Our biggest colour tip is to figure out the mood or atmosphere you want to create in a room and then choose a colour palette to suit it. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.
These are the colours we’re currently loving
As you can see we’re leaning towards a scheme with lots of grey and blue tones but I have snuck in a bright yellow (possibly for the inside of the front door) and a dusky pink for the long bedroom which we’ll probably be turning into a walk-in wardrobe. It’s not a huge departure from the colours we used in our Edwardian house but this time we’ll be using a lot more dark and moody colours.
Usually, we keep our ceilings, doors and skirtings white because we like the way they contrast with the colour of the walls. In this apartment, we’d like to do things differently and are planning on painting everything the same hue (in some of the rooms at least).
The one thing we did in our house in Manchester that we’ll definitely be doing in our new apartment is keeping the hallway neutral. It’s the one space that connects all others so we like it to act as a neutral zone between rooms that helps avoid any clashing colours. I absolutely loved the Cornforth White we used in our hallway in Manchester and would love to use it in our new hallway, too.
As you can see on the floor plan our colours are stills fairly safe but we would like to use more dark colours than in our previous house where we used mainly light tones except for the dining room. We loved the dark colour which made the room feel so cosy and warm!
Because we’re planning on rejigging the layout we’re undecided about the colours we’ll be using in some of the rooms and I’m sure we’ll end up changing our minds more than a few times before we actually settle on a colour scheme, especially as we haven’t even moved in yet. On the whole, the apartment is really light and bright so I think we can do pretty much what we want and still have rooms that will feel light and airy. We may even sneak some wallpaper into the scheme, too!
How do you choose paint colours? Do you take your whole home into consideration or do you just plan one room at a time? What’s your favourite room colour at the moment?