When I first started renting flats I was stuck with white walls which I always dreamed of painting but didn’t dare (I always needed the deposit back so badly!). But then years ago a friend whose flat I loved told me to just discard the deposit fee and think of it as “I need to live here fee” and had me start to paint my walls. Which I did. In a slightly crazy form I must say!
Then I got the hang of colour, how to make it work and began to put vibrant, bold colours in my home (usually just on a wall or two). Deep Rose Reds, wonderful burnt yellows, warm greens and dark greys filled up my home. But at the same time, I kept collecting images from Victoria Magazine (anyone remember that?) and bought every book that Rachel Ashwell wrote for Shabby Chic. With all the colour in my home, I started to fantasise about white walls.
Now I find myself torn because I love colour but also love white. I love the cosy places in the Pacific Northwest with their dark woods and warm tones as well as the pale colours I’ve often seen in French Chateauxâ€™s. Aside from my office, my current home’s painted walls are colours that were decided by the people I bought it from. And since the house will be on the market soon, I’ve decided not to paint over it (they’re those neutral colours that are supposed to appeal to everyone. They don’t appeal to me). So as I live in a home of painted walls that aren’t my thing, I’m really thinking about my next place and what to do colour wise.
I’m leaning heavily towards white or very pale colours, especially after seeing the photo above and the site in which it came from. My wardrobe is colourful, my work is colourful, my accents are colourful and I think because of that I need some quiet in the home to balance it all.
I have all white furniture which has worked well in every kind of home with every colour choice. But when I tried to do all white before I think I did it rather badly and want, instead, to make it cosy and beautiful instead of cold and bland. But I’m not sure where to find the right pale paints (I once tried a pale pink that was so Peptobismal/old people’s home looking that I had to go with a deep red instead), the textured fabrics, the accents to compliment that wouldn’t be too frilly or girly (something I find happens to things that are pale) or how to go from so much colour back to white.
What’s the trick?