There are so many different paint colours – don’t always use white!

If we look back to the history of interiors we realize that our habit to systematically paint skirting and architraves in brilliant white dates back to the Victorian Era.

Before that, in Georgian times, skirting boards and the lower three quarter section of the wall would all be painted in the same color in order to elongate the walls and raise the perceived height of the ceilings.

The upper quarter of the wall (from the dado rail up) and the ceilings would then all be painted in contrasting color.  The windows and door frames however, would stay as they are.

If we look at the recent trends we are seeing a very definite change in this process which has led us to advise you to change what comes naturally and try something new. Make it your thing in 2019 to ban brilliant white, especially glossy brilliant white from your woodwork. Ceilings and walls too, no longer need to be white!

We know what you are going to say; ….”white is safe”!…. “White goes with everything…” Why would you not use it?

So, let’s start to talk about light. Conversely to popular opinion, most people are under the impression that white reflects light, which is correct,… but to reflect light, we need natural light.

So when there is a small dark room that is yearning for more light, the simple answer is not just to paint the walls white, as it will not work. In a small dark room without a big window, your best bet is to paint it in a dark, rich colour that will give it immense depth and character rather than fighting for light that you cannot get.

Another example are the sometimes dark corridors of a home or commercial building that don’t often get much natural light streaming in. In these we recommend to use bold colors like Storm Cloud from @Plascon or Englist Mist from @Dulux on the walls and then you would leave your door frames and doors a natural wood colour.

If after that, you are still struggle to make this bold step towards banning white from our walls, why not start with baby steps by choosing your white differently. Maybe a chalk white, an eggshell white or a even a white with a light pink undertone will fit your space better?

When choosing paint colours, also think about the orientation of the room. North facing rooms  (in the Southern Hemisphere) will have lots of yellow light flooding into the room so if you use an ivory white or a frothy milk white, your walls could end up looking really yellow. In these cases we’d recommend you to use something like Antique petal from Plascon or Chalk Blush from Dulux. If on the other hand your room is South Facing you won’t get a lot of sunlight and here you can use paint colours such as Cameo Silk from Dulux or Ivory white from Plascon.

The bottom line is to ask yourself the question before defaulting to white automatically every time. Yes your window frames; especially the cottage pain and sash windows look brilliant in white but ask yourself if white is absolutely the only colour that will work best but try not to use it by default every single time!

It takes practice and adjustment but after a while you will quickly see that you will get addicted to some of the brighter, bolder palettes and more exciting paint colours as you get more confident; even for your ceilings!

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We all need our space, so in this post, we discuss how one can create a special corner, (or room), in your home that each can use for spending valuable “me time”.

In this day and age, where we are all so busy interacting with family, friends and colleagues all the time that it’s important to carve out a little “me” time every now and then. As designers, we often advise our clients to design a space where they can relax and feel everything is just as they like it as it’s only then, that we can relax.

Everyone should have a relaxing room or corner in their homes but sometimes it is not easy to each have our own space and so we need to get creative and provide the best solution possible by making a corner that is versatile enough to suit various needs and ensure that it is cozy, warm, comfortable and adaptable to each family member. Some of us like to read, some like to meditate, some like to listen to their music or favourite podcast so allow for all these and respect each others’ needs.

Here are some tips if you would like to create your own relaxing corner:

1/ Choose the right seat, whether it is an armchair, a day bed, an ottoman, a hammock , some floor cushions or a hanging chair, it has to be super comfortable!

2/ Position a small side table or stool next to your seat where you can place a mug, books, a speaker, or your favourite scented candle.

3/ Preferably choose a space with lots of natural light or good reading light.

4/ Surround the area with plants to make your relaxation spot feel close to nature and to separate it from the rest of the room.

5/ We are heading into winter now, so make sure you have one of those warm comforters or throws at hand.

6/ Have your favourite scented candle or your essential oil diffuser nearby. It will create a peaceful environment and will provide an inner sense of calm – our favourite relaxing oils are Lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense and bergamot.

Sit down, relax and breathe!

Need some help with paint colours?

As designers, we often advise our clients on paint colours with our colour consultation service. Need some help?

Get in touch

Free initial design consultation

If you need advise or are unsure about your own renovation you can book a free initial consultation over the phone to ask us anything you want about your scheme, space planning or renovation ideas.

Book Free Consultation

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We all need our space, so in this post, we discuss how one can create a special corner, (or room), in your home that each can use for spending valuable “me time”.

In this day and age, where we are all so busy interacting with family, friends and colleagues all the time that it’s important to carve out a little “me” time every now and then. As designers, we often advise our clients to design a space where they can relax and feel everything is just as they like it as it’s only then, that we can relax.

Everyone should have a relaxing room or corner in their homes but sometimes it is not easy to each have our own space and so we need to get creative and provide the best solution possible by making a corner that is versatile enough to suit various needs and ensure that it is cozy, warm, comfortable and adaptable to each family member. Some of us like to read, some like to meditate, some like to listen to their music or favourite podcast so allow for all these and respect each others’ needs.

Here are some tips if you would like to create your own relaxing corner:

1/ Choose the right seat, whether it is an armchair, a day bed, an ottoman, a hammock , some floor cushions or a hanging chair, it has to be super comfortable!

2/ Position a small side table or stool next to your seat where you can place a mug, books, a speaker, or your favourite scented candle.

3/ Preferably choose a space with lots of natural light or good reading light.

4/ Surround the area with plants to make your relaxation spot feel close to nature and to separate it from the rest of the room.

5/ We are heading into winter now, so make sure you have one of those warm comforters or throws at hand.

6/ Have your favourite scented candle or your essential oil diffuser nearby. It will create a peaceful environment and will provide an inner sense of calm – our favourite relaxing oils are Lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense and bergamot.

Sit down, relax and breathe!

Need some help with paint colours?

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