After we’d finally finished doing our house renovation last year (several months later than anticipated and two days before Christmas, and after painting after work until 2am on too many occasions), I vowed I would never pick up a paintbrush again.

Or, so I told myself.

Six months later and I am itching to get the Farrow & Ball paint chart out again.*

My nickname for our house is the 50 shades of grey house only (I stress only) because every room just about is a variant of grey: Lamp Room Grey, Ammonite, Pavilion Grey, Purbeck Stone, Strong White. Our kitchen cabinets are grey, the floor is grey, our sofas are all grey. Needless to say (and although I love bright, vividly colourful homes), I, myself, and with the occasional exception (one of my bedroom walls), am not a big fan of colour. I naturally veer towards picking a neutral palette and then only occasionally tiny accents of colour on top of it, for example, orange in the lounge or bright pink in the loft. It’s usually a cushion or two. No more.

I painted our snug in Oxford Stone (which is a variant of beige) just after we moved in three and  half years ago. However, after having seen so many fantastic pictures (see below), and rebelling against natural inclination towards non-bold colours, I have decided (without testing it) to paint it in Downpipes!

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I think brown leather looks amazing against this colour and I love this chair from French Connection.

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Have you painted a room in a really dark colour? How have you found it? I’d love to hear any tips.

* When I say “get it out” I mean mentally scroll through it as I pretty much know it by heart.

Images via Pinterest