A New Lick of Paint

Sarah Baeumler May 01, 2017 0 Comments

This time of year comes with all the traditional cliches. Spring cleaning, April showers... , new beginnings, the rebirth of nature, and to be honest, I love them all. This time of year is so revitalising and full of hope that I often feel the need to get the house organized and ready for the warmer climate.

Not only do I like to get out in the garden to weed and onto the patio to sweep up the leaves and debris left after the winter period, but I also use this time of year to freshen up some spaces with a new lick of paint.

As you all know, bright and light colours are often my go to, they freshen up a room and allow the space to be accessorized by the furniture and decor within it. But I do have a penchant for a deep and rich colour from time to time - you can see this in my piece about our wetroom. There is something about a darker shade that immediately adds character to a space. The Victorian era is famous for its love of these dark colours and even though the period fluctuated between styles, it is the deep reds and antique greens that typify that era. Maybe this is why we think the colours are full of character as it makes us think of a different period in history.

The Victorian era was a transient time and with the large production of furniture and decor, it became easier to change the style and feel of your home. Not only was paint a large part of this, but with the popularity of William Morris’ wallpaper styles, the period was awash with large floral patterns and bold wallpaper statements. I do love these wallpaper designs, although I know it’s not for everyone.

Wall coverings or paint colours can immediately change the feel of your home and can help create light, helping with small or dark rooms. A way to make a room feel brighter is to paint or wallpaper your hallway with a darker hue and paint the room with a lighter colour. This will make the room feel brighter because when you enter the room from a darker hallway your eyes will immediately be dazzled by the light colour within the room.

Furthermore, we often try to remedy a room with little natural light by painting it as white as possible to create the light, but this might be counterintuitive. The bright whites can make the space feel clinical and unwelcoming, whereas a darker shade will add to the intimate atmosphere of a room with little natural light.

If, like me, you are thinking about repainting or redecorating, take a moment to think about the use of the room and the impact the colour will have on the room itself and the rooms around it. Whatever you decide, good luck with it all, and please share your interior changes on social media, I love to see what ideas everyone has!

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