When painting a room for the first time, it’s difficult to get the colour right. From day one I had envisioned a monochrome living space. White = light, and for small rooms we wanted to open them up as much as possible to create the illusion of space. With this in mind, we delved into stripping, priming and painting the bedroom first, whilst the rest of the flat was left in disarray. (We’ll ignore the weeks we slept on a mattress in our living room with paint buckets for side tables).

A week after we had lovingly painted the bedroom walls a cool white I scratched a bracelet across one wall, leaving a small grey line in the paint. Of course that would happen.

There are a lot of aspects that come into play when deciding the best colour for a room. I am a firm believer in how a room ‘feels’: the sense of it, how the light changes your mood, how you feel attached to the space or how it might cause you to almost resent the space. These are factors that can only be understood once you have lived in a room and experienced the space through every season. That sounds slightly ridiculous, and I’m not suggesting you should hold off painting your home until you have lived there for a year or more, but hear me out.

In winter, after painting our bedroom a bright white with a statement wall of original plaster showing in its rich, burnt orange glory, I felt the space needed a warmer feel. It was grey outside, and this affected how the white walls appeared every morning. Instead of feeling bright and reflective, they felt cold and crisp as if we were waking up in the middle of a fresh field of snow. Not the warm cuddly space a small room should feel like in winter. It was in these darker months that I craved rich jewelled tones to enhance the grey rather than fight it. I started imagining different walls of the bedroom painted in deep sea tones, and how to make the orange toned plaster of one wall sit well with a dark blue or grey on another. Now, the sun is shining and the sky is a pure June blue. The bedroom that had felt icy and soulless in winter now feels rejuvenated. It’s a sun-trap in the middle of the day and feels awake with depth.

These juxtaposing senses of the room from season to season certainly make me want to consider a change in the wall colour to suite the room better year round. And as I begin to pick out colours for the living room, I want to meld colours and tones that will work on the darkest of December nights and the brightest of June mornings.

Have you found a colour that works well for your space year round? How have you decided which colours to go with and do these colour pallets effect how you feel about your rooms?

Comment below! I’m off to sift through swatches 🙂

Meredith x

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