Remember this? Even as it was getting closer to the finish line, our house was sporting this lovely yellowish beige tint. No more, my friends, no more!
We had been thinking about what colours to paint the wall for a while – and actually, for a bit at least, about painting them ourselves. Much to my mother’s pleasure (not that we would have made her help, no, just that she was cheering on from the sidelines and made it known that she thought we should focus our energy on other things), we decided to outsource the actual painting as well. And we’re very happy with that decision now that Attila & Attila (yes, really, and they are Hungarians, too!) have been working almost non-stop (aside from Sundays, because, according to one Attila, and my granddad would have agreed, it’s either ora or labora, you cannot work and pray at the same time.)
Anyway, back to the colours. The starting-off point was this, and we actually found a shop that sells Sherwin Williams in Brussels, so off we went to get some test pots. This is the result. The lighter colour, Sea Salt, looks very different in different lights, but kinda cool next to the old dirty green on the door. I preferred the darker colour, Comfort Gray, and the compromise was found thanks to a swabio-welsh colour consultant and the door picture: a colour a bit like Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse, that is, an even lighter colour than Sea Salt, on the walls, and Comfort Gray on the door between the rooms.
And it turned out really well.
See? It’s a very light grey with some blue and some green in it, and seems to look bluer or greener depending on the light, or maybe its mood. Or yours.
The bathroom got a few coats of black, but only on one wall. A happy compromise.
And last but not least for upstairs, a corner of the ceiling we have been staring at in the mornings these past few days, with a big grin. Sublime.
We were so happy with the darker door upstairs that we decided to repeat the trick downstairs. The walls are again in grey-ish, but this time, all a bit different, more than inspired by this. The dining room is the lightest grey, it’s also the room that gets the most daylight. The first picture here is the corner where the dining room, which is our cube-y (or cubee) annex, meets the kitchen. The kitchen colour is a bit darker, and quite a bit bluer. Like here – because it seemed to be the answer to the question of how to soften the contrast between the white kitchen, the black worktop and the honeycomb “tile” backsplash which will grace our wall. Soon! The living room got the darkest grey, with a bit more than a hint of blue. In daylight this morning, it looked almost as dark as the door, as I’m typing this (and yeah, OK, on this picture too), it looks a lot lighter, but in any event, all the colours are the same family and work really nicely together.
To finish, a glimpse at our very blue door through the massive living room doors, and another at the ceiling. Which was so yellow (see above…) after all the gas fire abuse it has gone through for decades that it took five (!) coats of white paint to restore it to its former glory. So glad I didn’t have to do this myself