I made some mistakes when choosing colors for our home when we moved in almost 10 years ago and I thought it could be a good idea to share some of them hoping you won´t have to do the same…Of course picking colors are also a matter of what is on your mind right there and then and you can always paint again if you like but in our case we re-painted ALL of the ceilings, windows, doors etc and that I can assure you is nothing you want to to on a regular basis.
Mistake no 1: Choosing a white that back then was the no 1 white, the so called ”Stockholm White”. Sure this kind of white has a warmer, softer tone to it than crispy and bright white but!! it has some yellow in it and throughout the years with the sun shining on it, it turns more yellow by the day and that is not at all pretty. Especially as the sunlight is not even throughout a room meaning the color won’t be either. So – tip for you, go with a white color with no yellow whatsoever in it. Go crispy white. Or! intentional creamy white but without the yellow. Make sure to ask when buying the paint.
Mistake no 2: Being too fast with choosing color. A very common tip but please do try the colors before deciding. Put smaller blocs on the wall next to each other to be able to see them all in different lights because they do really change throughout the day and something that can look amazing in evening light could look completely different in the morning. Or even better, paint them all on a white board so that you can move around in the room while testing (you can see an example from my Instagram here) I really regret not having done that in our bedroom and now I seem to be stuck with the latte color because of the fact that our room is far from easy to repaint. It´s quite big and we did it properly back then painting behind radiators etc so doing it again would mean having to bring in people to take the radiators off, turn off the water etc. Not a very cheap thing to unless you are good at these things ourself. Also, I´m always reluctant fixing something that isn´t really broken. Want to have a least a little bit of sustainable thinking left in me. In addition, the yellow in the white as mentioned before on doors, windows and ceiling is not a great combo with the latte walls. For work projects I always test the paint in advance, I just wish I would have had the same patience at home those years ago…
Maybe someone out there is just about to decorate and paint their home so hopefully these two very simple things can help at least a little bit on the way. Happy painting! x
Pic 1: source unknown. Pic 2: via Johanna Bradford with thanks