Craft & DIY/ Home & Garden

Choosing Colours

It’s been awhile since I last wrote about paint and colours. Instagram always inspires me to write about certain topics as readers are so much more active in leaving comments over there as to here – which I find a shame. Anyhow, it was this image of my living room that inspired me to write this post.

Before I start decorating, setting up a good colour scheme is key. I need to know where I’m going and I can’t do that without a colour scheme. So how do I choose the colours to work with in my home? Wallpaper …

This Birds & Roses wallpaper by Cath Kidston is my all time favourite. I love the pastels mixed with navy blue set on a off white base. It may look like a busy wallpaper but it’s definitely not, as the pattern is repeating quite quickly and the base colour of the wallpaper is so light.

I only use Farrow & Ball paint colours, always as I love the greyish colours. My walls go Slipper Satin as they match the wallpaper’s base colour, windows, floors and ceiling go All White as I like contrast and it shows off the beautiful architecture of our home and I used Light Blue for the mantle because it’s matching the most dominant colour (green) in the wallpaper.

The next step is finding the right stuff that fits within the colour scheme. I try to find books, vases and other bits and pieces that match the rest of the stuff. There will not be something orange or purple in my home as it will totally clash with the rest. Working this way makes it easier for me and it saves a lot of money too as I will not buy something that’s all wonderful but doesn’t go with the rest so ends up in the attic.

But sometimes a little orange fox is allowed to sneak in, alas … foxes aren’t pink.


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  • Donata van der Rassel
    05/07/2016 at 13:26

    I’m leaving a comment here! So there! I love how everything is colour coordinated in your house. It’s the same in mine and it definitely helps with not buying certain stuff… Although every room here has another colour scheme so I still get to buy a lot! O well, can’t be helped! 😉

  • Helen
    05/07/2016 at 13:53

    I am leaving a comment too!…I think you should/could go into interior design, I love the look of you whole house. I would love to do white background and pastel colours but my b.friend prefers more colour, if I had my way I would live in a white box! Keep posting pictures I love to see the rooms and garden..I just love the garden! Helen.x

  • Cecilia
    05/07/2016 at 14:15

    Happy to leave a comment here💗 I have enjoyed your writing and your photos so much over the last 2 years! I find your style modern and beautiful, something I hope to achieve in a house of my own one day.

  • Lucia Coppola
    05/07/2016 at 20:22

    I love the colour of the mantle, it looks serene and match the room perfectly. I’m trying to do the same at home but I have started the wrong way, just collecting random things and now it’s time to remove and select only the matching ones.

  • irene Mota de Campos
    08/07/2016 at 14:00

    Oh I do love your sitting room. So light and peaceful. Is the sofa cover from Benz? I’d love the same.

  • Jen@thecottagenest
    12/07/2016 at 00:03

    Such a beautiful room and I especially love the color on the fireplace surround that I would have guessed was grey and not blue, but lovely none the less!