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When Two Tones Go To War

When Two Tones Go To War

This week I have been debating whether or not to banish the three shades of grey, and to paint my hall, stairs, landing and family room all white. I completely blame this drastic shift from the dark side to the light side on the "Style Jedi" herself @_lisa_dawson_ this is mainly due to her fabulous barrage of recent white photos and blog posts. I would like to add that @HilaryDuff also plays a part in this dilemma for showing off her ridiculously stunning home this week.  If you wish to face a similar dilemma feel free to click on the link below the picture but don't say I didn't warn you!

So now you've finished inspiring/depressing yourself looking at Hilary's gorgeous gaff, and if like me, you're in two minds whether to step over to the light side or not, here is a short list of pros and cons that might make your decision making a little easier.  

  • PRO- It makes the room look and feel bigger, painting your walls white will allow the light to bounce all round the room which gives the illusion of more space in the room. 

  • CON- You lose the cosy factor, darker walls really give a room the feeling of warmth and cosiness.

 

This beautiful example of bringing in colour with accessory's is from decor8blog.com

This beautiful example of bringing in colour with accessory's is from decor8blog.com

  • PRO- Your room will be a blank canvas, by having the walls all white means you can be really adventurous with your fabrics, rugs and accessories.  Additionally, when you get bored, it's a lot easier to change your cushions than it is to redecorate.

  • CON-  Maintenance, this is definitely a big downer when it comes to white walls, more so especially if you have kids or creatures. There's nothing worse than looking at a beautifully decorated room and the walls look like they've been in a rugby match with a 5 year old! 

  • PRO- It's just paint, if you're anything like me and you love nothing more than to have a good shivs round every six months, painting you walls white is not going to break the bank in fact this is probably one of the cheapest and easiest ways to completely transform a room.   

 

light doesn't have to mean white. image via Yellows

light doesn't have to mean white. image via Yellows

  • CON- Shade is everything, this may sound odd to some of you, but choosing the wrong shade can end in disaster, for example, if you were to choose a brilliant white and your room is south facing. "make sure you have a good pair of sunglasses".  A great way to reduce this glare in the room is to choose a shade of white with an undertone of grey, this will help to soften the  reflectiveness and tone down that glare. 

So those were a few of my hopefully helpful pros and cons to make your decision making that bit easier... BUT if like me your still not decided whether your team light or team dark... 

then why not choose both...

ooh now there's a thought. 

 

 

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As for me, I have decided to stick with the grey walls. The husband likes to think he has got his own way on this, but in actual fact I decided I was happy with the three shades of grey ... for now!

Thanks for reading.

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