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I like to paint. (Not really). 

Every winter I have one or several "rooms to paint" on my list, sometimes because they need a new coat, but more often because I fancy a change and paint is a relatively cheap way to transform a room. So this year I originally had planned to only paint the dining room, but then decided to tackle the living room as well. 

But let´s talk about the dining room first. Since I loved the paint color we had in here before (Cornforth White) I was going to just freshen up the room with a coat of the same (and yes, this room really needed freshening up, much like the kitchen it´s a space that somehow gets filthy really quickly.) However when I mentioned my plans to my husband he said something along the lines of "well if you´re going to paint, wouldn´t it be more fun if you tried a new color?" Wise (and unexpected) words. So I pulled out my F&B color chart*, narrowed down a few greys, he pointed at Lamp Room Gray, and that was it. Very straightforward for someone who usually obsesses about colors for weeks or months.

Lamp Room Gray is a very lovely soft color, a medium grey with a blue/green tint. It took me a few days to get used to it, but I absolutely love it now. It is the most beautiful when the room doesn´t get a lot of light like in the mornings. I imagine it would be a great color for a North-facing room (this is a Southern exposure though). 

Looking through my beloved doors to the foyer and the living room. I think the colors go very well together. 

I originally had planned to paint this room a darker brownish grey but then at the last minute switched to Plummet*, the lighter brother of my favorite color Down Pipe. I absolutely love it in this room. It has a blue tint that is just right, and it is strong/dark enough to give that room a personality that was previously missing.

I got new art too... some botanical prints that I love. Back story: My mother gave me a RHS desk diary for my birthday - these are so so lovely, filled with loads of beautiful botanical prints. After a bit of searching I realized that there are lots of very cheap offers on Amazon for desk diaries from previous years, so I bought one from 2016 for 2 Euros and ripped out the prints and got some Ikea frames and there you go. New botanical art for very little money. I feel pretty smart about that project. 

And another shot through the doors in the other direction because it was requested on Instagram :)

Bonus picture of my kitchen, no new paint here, just looking pretty.

*I am not sure who can still afford Farrow & Ball paint after their latest price increase, I certainly can´t, so I had my paint color-matched. Good news for all Germans: Bauhaus now has the entire range in their paint computer thingie. Buy the best quality of paint available and you´re all set.  

PS: Thank you for your comments on my last post! I will post more about Fred next week, and I will also show you the fantastic tomato houses that my husband built. (!!) 

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Reader Comments (5)

Oh my! Have you been busy! It all looks so very beautiful!
Love all the paint colours you used and it matches all so well together.
Together with the beautiful wooden doors! I love your botanical art! Looks really lovely on that wall
in the wooden frames! Like your little antique wooden table. What I really like too is the painting
you have of the blue vase with flowers in your hallway. Really really pretty!

April 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterInkiemulder

It all looks really lovely, very soothing. And you re-took the photo through the doors from living to dining room! :-) I've been admiring too how the painted furniture looks against the grey walls too. It seems you have a painted grey or blue-grey piece in every room - the kitchen bench and island, the hutch in the dining room, the cabinet in the living room - and it all goes together so beautifully, and comes across as warm rather than the cool I'd expect from so much grey and blue.
I painted my study pale grey about five years ago and wasn't sure what it would be like to live with it, but I think I love it more with each passing year. It's really easy to live with.

Looking forward to your upcoming post on Fred!

April 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

Wunderschön! Danke für den Bauhaus-Tipp.

April 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterThe

Farrow and Ball has the most amazing colors. I've never seen anyone paint something in one of their colors and not wanted to use it myself.

April 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

Farrow and Ball prices... pff.. insane. Thankfully I found someone who sells bankruptcy left overs from Farrow and Ball suppliers. Saves me about E. 50,-- on 2,5L of paint. He doesn’t have all the colors but that’s fine. I have trouble deciding on color anyway....

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle

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