Everything started with the rough idea of painting my pitched roof walls in a shade of grey and maybe going for another feature wall in grey. Next I know I had two canisters of exquisite Farrow & Ball paint at home. Ok, ok, before that I got the colour chart and went through various shades of grey (not 50 though) until I came to a final decision: I wanted the velvety and dark 'Down Pipe' for my pitched walls and the smooth and light 'Plummet' for a feature wall in my living room. Plus, I decided to paint the arch between my living room and bedroom in 'Down Pipe'.
The result is just the way I expected it. I wanted to create visual depth when you enter the apartment. Since my rooftop apartment is rather small and compact, you have a long view from the entrance door to the opposite end of the flat. That is where the pitched roofs are to be found and the arch in between. Thus, the eye beholds the dark grey ends framed by bright white walls and one mid-grey feature wall. All this is (or better will) be embellished with various colour accents for decoration. Moreover, I love the changing effects of the wall colour with the changing light situation - from brighter tones to velvety dark ones.
As you see with my pics, I am still in the middle of redoing my living room. The new sofa arrived, but I had no time whatsoever to embark on the final decoration project. I have a rough colour scheme in mind but way too many trips in my schedule to get it done. Thus, more home redo posts will follow later this autumn.
What did I learn from this experience? I learned that coloured walls, even dark walls, are not necessarily a no-go for small apartments. Even in smaller places you can create a great visual effect and drama without creating a feeling of visual constriction. And I learned that it is smart to opt for high-quality paint as you want your walls to have the desired colour and last for as long as you wish. You can't go wrong with Farrow & Ball!
This post was kindly sponsored by Farrow & Ball. Thank you!
Photography by Igor Josifovic