But what if i don't like purple.!
It's been a hard week for our family this week, with the added chaos that half term brings as well, it's felt at times like we're all walking around the house in a bit of a daydream.
Thankfully there's one room in the house that always guarantees to calm and bring us back down to earth. The front room, it's a proper grown ups room which is full of our family treasures and special finds from our travels. It's also the only room in the house that is technology free and has no children's toys hidden in drawers and cubbies (although the odd Barbie does find her way in every now and then).
One of my favourite times of the day to spend in there is in the morning just after I've dropped the girls off at school, I sit on my large brown leather club chair with a large mug of coffee and Louis asleep on my lap, I love how the sun light comes streaming in through the shutters and makes beautiful shapes across the room.
When we first bought our home in 2010, we decided to wait a few months before making any decorating decisions. This was partly so we could get a real sense of the house first but mainly because we had no money as we'd just bought a house!
Once we knew the front room was such a light and bright space we decided it could easily take a dark colour on the walls and for me the only colour that would do was Railings by Farrow & Ball. The rich blue black tones give the room a calming sophistication but without feeling overly dark and imposing. Railings makes every object displayed in front of it sing out, the foliage of any house plant placed near it will look vibrant and lush, it truly is a fantastic colour.
Colour plays a huge role in our daily lives, it has the power to change our behaviour and mood and those clever people at Pantone know this all to well. Each year a select committee travel all around the world in search of the next big colour. They start by noticing certain colours that are getting more attention than others, they then focus on these colours in the fashion capitals London, Paris, New York and Milan this is where you see the most fashion on the streets. They attend fashion shows, Art shows and home expose's, they watch the latest movies and even look at the upcoming car colours.
Taking notes the whole time and documenting every little colour detail, they then collaborate their findings and look at the Pantone colour library to find the perfect colour match.
YES! That's right there's not a White lab coat or a Bunsen Burner in sight, I couldn't believe it either. They don't actually make a new colour at all, they just reuse an old one in fact they have all the colours on a two and a half year cycle (1867 colours in total).
So if your undecided whether or not you should dash off to B&Q to pick up a tin of this years must have colour for your front room feature wall. First think to yourself do I really like this colour? Will it look right in my home and will it suit my home style.
Here are a few of my colour tips to help you with your decision making.
Get into the Moody.
When choosing the right colour for your room it's important to first consider what mood you want to set for that room. If you want a create a relaxing and peaceful bedroom a letter box red feature wall wouldn't be my first choice. Perhaps instead go for an Indigo Blue, this would give the room a deep warmth without that chilliy cold feeling.
To add an extra punch to the room you could go for a Monochromatic look which is when you use all different shades, tones and textures in the same colour (it doesn't have to be white through grey to black).
Colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel are called complementary colours. When used in the right way complementary colours can create a dramatic, yet balanced, effect on a room design. Like in the above picture using a beautiful dusky lavender on the walls complements the stunning Norfolk mustard velvet sofa.
Let there be light.
There's a very good reason why DIY shops have those little light boxes in the colour swatch aisle, they are there to give us a true colour likeness:
Natural daylight shows the truest colour;
Incandescent lighting brings out the yellow and warm tones;
Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.