had to repaint the wall behind my bed, and the only way to see the colours is to actually paint them onto the wall. i wanted to be a bit more daring, but robert naturally went for the safer neutral colour of slaked lime deep by little greene – strangely they all looked dark as samples on the wall, but once painted , it actually appears much lighter, especially as my bedroom is very light – it seems that large expanses of colour appear lighter., so bear this in mind and especially if you have a lot of windows, the daylight can actually bleach out the colour. the other colours i considered were french gray deep and light peach blossom by little greene, london clay and hardwick white by farrow and ball.
one think i overlooked was that if your room has not been painted for several years, in our case over 10 years ago, then the lining paper is old and once the wet paint goes on, the paper starts getting wet at the seams and peels away – which means cutting those sections out and using filler to build the layer back up. of course if you are looking for a perfect finish, the answer is to re line, or re plaster, which then becomes a massive job!
for some reasons, builders tend to not like ‘designer paints’ , and want to mix them, but i do feel that the textures are different. my favourite colours are from paint library, fired earth, farrow and ball, little greene company, laura ashley – if you are interested in using eco friendly paint, then try earthborn; for chalky finishes, try annie sloane and francesca’s paints,which has an interesting array of colours.