Sunday, 5 July 2015

Taking risks

If you know me in real life, you would know that I am typically not one to take risks. I am a 'go with the flow' type of person, a Pisces, happy to swim through life and roll with the waves. I don't think that will ever change. I suppose that this is reflected in my interior stylings up to this point. My house is pretty beige. I have had spurts of red, navy and a pink Christmas tree but that is about it
I am using the decorating of my son's rooms as a chance to step out of my comfort zone and embrace some boldness. In the house at the moment we do have a few different colours. The hallway is a light yellow (which I do love with the fresh white mouldings) and our bedroom is a soft green. And man was it hard to pick a nice green. Once again I find myself having to pick a green for a bedroom. My middle son, 6 year old Sam, wants a green room because it is his favourite colour. Urgh... here we go again, trying to pick a green.

We did three test pots in the wardrobe. I hated them all.

I searched high and low on the web and in my books for a good green that isn't too babyish and isn't too daggy.

Then I found this and fell in love.
Vintage Trunk Dresser, Transitional, boy's room, Erin Gates Design
From this Elements of Style website
I did email to ask what the colour the walls were but I didn't get a reply. So I trotted off to Masters to get a free sample pot (offer for a limited time only). I found a gorgeous colour called "That's Bright" by Valspar.

 While it probably isn't the exact green (I think the one in the picture is more yellow based), I just loved this colour so much. It is very pretty. Also, Sam loved it too.
I bought the Valspar 4ltr in low sheen and got a 20% discount yesterday in their sale. I also got a light grey to go under picture rail. So it will be green above and grey below.
The grey I chose to go with it is called 'Drizzling' also by Valspar.
 I just hope it isn't too dark, but it looked good from the swatch I took home.
The trim and the chair rail will be painted in a white called 'The Hamptons' also by Valspar. Gee I should be getting sponsored by Valspar with all their colour I am using huh! I am really loving the depth of colour that they seem to have in the paints. I am yet to use it on the walls so here's hoping they look as good in real life.

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen my test colour on the wall.

I think it will go really well with the navy doona cover he currently has. But it could also go really well with black and white like this:
From spearmint baby.

I am very excited to be making such a brave statement. I am hoping to have at least one coat on by Friday. Last night I had finished filling, gaping and sanding the ceiling and walls and had cut in the second coat of primer on the ceiling.



  1. Oh painting, not my favourite job. so much preparation to be done, it seems endless. But there is nothing more satisfying then standing back at the end of the job, and enjoying what you have done. I love the green for your sons room, such a bright happy colour.

    1. Thanks so much for reading my blog Nicole and yes you are so right, the preparation is very time consuming. The actually painting is the easy part.