Red wall paint is hard to get right – I know, as I bought many a taster pot in my hunt for the right shade: the walls as I mentioned before ended up looking like this:
as I struggled to find red and neutral that worked for both walls and bookshelves. The neutral is Little Greene‘s versatile Pearl (for more info see Neutral Paint) but the red proved problematic, working my way through Fired Earth, Designers Guild, Farrow & Ball reds till I settled on Susie Watson‘s Ramsbury Red emulsion, which is manufactured for Susie Watson by Scottish paint experts Craig & Rose.
The two images above show the finished walls and a glimpse of bookshelves; whilst below is Susie’s own shot, looking suitably Christmassy….
And on that note, with the last Christmas image for this year, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and here’s looking forward to a great 2013 (especially as the world didn’t end this morning as planned!)
New bookshelves – due to be painted – made me think about a colour palette for the living space here. I knew what sort of colour would suit the room, but couldn’t put my finger on it – which lead to my wall looking like this:
… I ruled out white (too bright), cream (just not me), pale blue (too cold), pale stone shades (just never me, even when they were of-the-minute), sludgy stone shades (too sludgy)…. finally discovering Little Greene‘s wonderful Pearl colour.
It comes in various light / dark versions but the original Pearl is glorious: shining variously blue/green/grey (and yes, a little stone-ish in certain lights) it’s appropriately named.
Here’s Little Greene‘s shot using their Pearl shades from their Colour Scales collection. A little bit of history: my chosen shade, Pearl (G) (shown here on the kitchen door), is a historic shade from the Georgian era, authenticated by English Heritage.
(Main wall: Pearl Colour Dark 169 £35.50 for 2.5L Intelligent Matt Emulsion. Window seat and back door and kitchen unit: Pearl Colour (G) 100 £41.00 for 2.5L Intelligent Eggshell/£45.00 for 2.5L Traditional Oil Eggshell. Table and bench: Pearl Colour Pale 167 £41.00 for 2.5L Intelligent Eggshell/£45.00 for 2.5L Traditional Oil Eggshell).