Cliff Diving

Morning, happy Monday. It is a bit early to be totally happy wouldn’t you say (especially with a trip to the gym in about 50 mins) but I’m trying. Hope you guys had a lovely weekend; ours was spent (guess what) painting! The decorating schedule did not go quite as planned. Got the floors of the studio painted and the bathroom but not the bedroom, hey ho no point in rushing it I say.

The challenge I am having is that in changing up the paint colour the things that I thought would work in each room don’t. Accessories that I put in my down piped rooms now aren’t working so well with the new tones. It’s not a disaster all the big pieces being neutral are fine its the smaller bits the flowers and vases with shots of bright colour that I’m having the trouble over. So everything is on the move. Flowers that were in the bedroom are now in my studio and vice versa. The good thing is though I feel like I’ve got a bit of a new house on my hands its not just the paint that’s changed its the rugs, art, flowers and so on.

Selecting the right colours for a room is a tough task. Colour is a game changer we all know that right, but it’s not the easiest thing to get right. If you are in a conundrum the best thing to do is to pull tears from magazines consult pinterest, even the colour wheel and flag colours that instinctively make you happy. I combine from my gut instinct – putting colours together either makes me leap for joy or gives me an instant migraine it’s as black and white as that. I might not always get it right,  I see colours in my head and then in practice it might not come through but I instantly know once its in the room if it works or not.

If you want to dig a bit deeper into colour Rue Magazine ran a great little feature about colour combining should you be interested with one of the images below.

The only thing I would say is when you’re mixing up hues take the odd risk, or jump off a few cliffs as Ray Bradbury explains below:

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
Ray Bradbury

Here’s  to jumping off the odd cliff!

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6 thoughts on “Cliff Diving

  1. Morning
    Over the weekend I have sat in my bedroom and not felt the same about,
    It was the first room I dared to go dark and its really not the right colour, it’s a grey but it feels cold,
    I was on design sponge and I’m contemplating make a wooden headboard, I love how you have that rustic feel going on,
    Anyway just need a tip on colour for my bedroom,
    The rest of my house is now a bluet grey which I love but i am still deciding if its to much all the same. And want somewhere cosy and where I want to never get out of bed(if only)

    • A rustic headboard would look fab and certainly cosy it up. Its hard to comment without seeing but I would say you kind of have to nail the grey first. If you love the grey than you’re halfway there because warming it up with texture is an easy thing to do like your headboard, cushions that sort of thing. If however the grey feels a little flat (which is the problem I had with downpipe then as much as I hate to say it – you might have to consider repainting.

      • I will defiantly re painting but may go a different colour all together, I know you recently did your bedroom in London clay which I have looked at a few times, any other ideas. What sort of colours are you doing your rooms

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