You know those people who are always decorating and their house is so beautiful? Ours is not like that. You might be generous and call it homely, or you might be a realist and point out the cracks in the paintwork and chips in the gloss. Well, recently we’ve had a real blitz of decorating. Our house is smelling to high heaven with turps, and gloss, and that freshly painted aroma.
One of the things that’s really put us off decorating regularly is the disruption it causes. You have to move things, like the furniture, and put stuff in rooms it doesn’t belong while the first room is repainted. Sitting all bunched up on the sofa while it’s squidged towards the telly because the walls are wet behind us, for example. And trying to get it all done while the kids are at school / nursery, so as to minimise the yells of, “Don’t touch the wall!” .
Anyway, you get the point. So we decided to give it a whirl and went through the whole rigmarole of selecting a colour scheme that works through our flat. Previously we’ve had shades of pink and purple (lilac) throughout, so that the whole flat flows well. This time we’ve gone for a slightly more neutral almondy, stone kind of colour scheme, with hints of green for a calming effect. Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of green and pale gray, not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. We are planning to move next year.
The other thing we’re trying this time is matt paint. It’s interesting what a difference it’s made to our living room. I think it feels a bit warmer in there. Maybe the shiny wall was a more impersonal effect? I do like it. And matt emulsion is smooth, velvety and helps to hide imperfections on less-than-perfect walls. We have tried with our bumps and knocks, but the matt covering definitely smooths the wall to the eye.
And the decorator this time (Noah) was pretty darn cute. When decorating it’s good to know SGS can provide any power and hand tools for DIY in the house. We’ve not put any shelves up this time, but we are considering a panelling cupboard door for the alcoves in the living room.
I know what you’re thinking – steady on there! You’re probably right – one thing at a time!