In the spirit of the progress reports, you can see the one for Sebastian's Bedroom here. The living room is such an important room as it is a real workhorse of a space. For a busy family it has to be all things to all people. A play space, a cinema, a romantic hideaway, a space for friends and conversation, and if you are like me despite trying hard not to the laptop comes out and it is a late night office.
My thoughts for this room went through a number of manifestations before it settled on dark blue. In our house that was a hard process, you see if I mention my latest thought to Joe he will take that as the final answer and then gets completely thrown when very different paint samples start to arrive. I have traveled a lot and collected on those travels, then Joe and I took some trips of our own and the collecting continued. One hoarder in a relationship is one thing but we both fall into that category so we are on dangerous ground. It was the carnival of colour that we have collected that was making me feel that I needed a neutral backdrop. The maternal side of my family are from India and despite our Western view that all Indian homes are bright walls and clashing saris everywhere in fact the opposite is true. I see more pale washed walls. I thought that backdrop would work as some sort of colonial haven. Then I thought who am I? I love colour and here I am in a south facing room that is flooded with light, a dramatic hilly Yorkshire landscape to look out upon and room proportions to die for get a grip. So I did, and I started to order sample pot upon sample pot of deep blue.
Now let me take another minute to tell you again how important it is to buy a sample pot. At around £5 a pot it might look like a massive waste of money but the tiny square on a paint chart or the interpretation on a computer screen is not going to cut it. You need to paint lining paper and pin it up around the room. move it, look at it over a few weeks and at different times of the day. Now to quote my husband "Nic they are all bloody blue just pick one, how many sample pots of the same colour do you need". Well as it turns out they were all very different. In my post on How To Create A Colour Story you might notice that the sample we chose was called Royal Navy from Little Greene Paint Company. NO IT WASN'T! We checked and double checked the label it was Royal Navy, we ordered 6 litres of the stuff, I mentioned the giant rooms right. I started to paint the wall. Then Joe and I stood back and pondered, it looked different. Maybe it will dry differently. It didn't it was defiantly a different blue.
I called Little Greene Paint Company and even though the sample was from one of their suppliers they set to work. They analysed what was left in the sample pot and it came back Moon Shadow. Funny aside is I liked that and refused to order it as I thought if I paint my living room in Moon Shadow I will have that Cat Stevens song in my head day in day out. It was fate, that was the blue.
We were so lucky to get to work with the guys at Mandarin Stone for two reasons; one we have a stunning slate floor now and secondly if we had carpeted instead of ripping up the floor to lay a sub straight we would have been unaware of the horror that was our joists, best to get those sorted now really.
Working around toddler bedtimes, illness, and pregnancy not to mention work has been tough and the daylight bulb in my camera light has been a godsend for late night sessions.
So happy with the room so far and I know I know that picture is all wrong on the mantle it is already gone and I am talks with Kimberly Duran about a new piece. Then all I have to do is make the curtains, reupholster the rocking chair and well all the chairs, and the sofa, sort out the rug, dress the room, paint the lamp, make a cup of tea and binge watch something on the sofa whilst I admire the room with a moderately smug face or my eyes closed.