Thinking a little differently

Leaving one’s comfort zone is not easy. Period! Take here for example deciding to change the whole colour palette throughout the house with each room a different hue has probably been one of the hardest decorating decisions I’ve made. Everything used to be grey – down pipe grey, except it kept bugging me and only looking cool at certain times of the day. Plus as I transitioned through the house I wanted it to feel cohesive but each space have a slightly different vibe. We’re not finished yet but the end is in sight thank God!

Its been challenging on so many levels not purely because of the colour change but also because accessories that I thought would work and could remain in each space have had to move; rugs, lights, flowers, their colours not quite right with the new palette. Luckily they’ve only moved rooms but its taken a while to get it right and its still not 100 per cent there.

But I like how it’s making me think. I like how tones I have never loved or used, have overlooked and dismissed colours like plum, grape, purple reddish tones are entering into my life. I like how they are making me think differently.

Colours like this for example :

bgrapeAnd its not just about the colour on the walls its the furnishings as well.  How cool is this red table?

btableHow many of us would actually think of buying such a thing? You can see the rest of the images on the space is designed by Elodie Sire. She used multiple colours in rooms and I think its incredibly interesting.

b1Have a lovely weekend, won’t tell you what we’re up to, sure you can guess! Although there are nice things in the mix like breakfast at Borough, an afternoon trip to the farmers market so its not all bad!

18 thoughts on “Thinking a little differently

  1. What a coincidence you talk about reds, plums, purples… I am updating my office right now. I bought deep pink curtains, a red swan chair and deep purple rug… Love it!
    Only need convincing the hubs that the walls need their dark chocolate sauce…
    Cannot wait to see your end results!

  2. the new colours sound fab – I however have just finished painting my whole house in downpipe…. doh. have a lovely weekend x Sam in cornwall x

    • That sounds fab and downpipe is a cool colour just didn’t work quite so well here. It did for ages but then I started dabbling which is dangerous because I’m now up to my eyes in redecorating and half of me wishes I hadn’t begun!

  3. Have you ever looked at how Van Gogh chose colors for his paintings? He was way into color theory and balance. Some of his paintings are full of totally crazy amounts of color, but when you really look at them, they are also full of so much restraint to keep the colors mixed but not muddled, and complementary but not chaotic. His use of old golds instead of yellows and purpley blues instead of straightforward blues is kind of inspiring.

    Not to mention his affinity for texture…feels like you two might be soul sisters!

  4. I’m totally stepping out of my mid-century white and pale blue zone for the foyer-etry way. Haven’t started painting yet, as I have been working on rehabbing the plaster but will be going with a dark blue-back (BM Polo Blue) in the next couple of weeks. Glosssy lacquer white on crown mouldings and ceiling and a bright patterned dhurrie rug on the floor. If I hadn’t come across your blog, I would never have done it. Thanks!

  5. I love your pics! this room looks amazing. I think it is important to mix it up a little and change things every once in a while. Recently I got a beautiful statement lamp here: and I’ve been trying to put it somewhere but I think its too much. But after your post, I’ll give it a try! thanks. great blog!

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