15 Shades of Grey

OK, so it's more like 10 shades at most, but then it wouldn't read as a good pun. Always bow to the power of a good pun.

The eagle eyed among you might have noticed in the last post that a few of the walls we pulled down had paint samples on them. But I did (just) remember to photograph them (badly) before they came down. 

It might not make a lot of sense to some to have picked a paint before the new walls have gone up, and I can understand that. The light will change for a start. But the circular nature of my thoughts mean that I'm thinking about shape of the new walls, and kitchen cabinets, and paint colours, and upholstery fabrics, all at once. It's necessary to have a (half formed) idea of where you going well you're getting there or else you'll get lost along the way (ah, like so much in life). Now is as good a time to test paint colours as any other.

Well when I say "colours" I mean grey! A lot of the things I own are colourful so I decided early on that the base colours and materials would be very neutral. Grey is the wall colour of choice.

Living Room Top, left to right: Earthborn "Inglenook"; Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"; Ecos "Plumpfled"; Ecos "Pure White" Bottom, left to right: Earthborn "Nellie"; Earthborn "Tuffet"; Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"; Ecos "Flume"

Living Room

Top, left to right: Earthborn "Inglenook"; Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"; Ecos "Plumpfled"; Ecos "Pure White"

Bottom, left to right: Earthborn "Nellie"; Earthborn "Tuffet"; Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"; Ecos "Flume"

I'd decide early on to use "organic" paints. Or "natural" or whatever other term seems to fit. Basically, not paint that is stuffed full of chemicals. Both because I don't really enjoy that raw throat you get from paint fumes, and because it's better to have fewer chemicals in the world in general. All the paints that have been used here are either by Earthborn or Ecos. Neither are exceptionally expensive; more than the famous doggie one, but less than the fashionable heritage one.

Bedroom Top, left to right: Earthborn "Inglenook"; Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"; Ecos "Plumpfled" Bottom, left to right: Earthborn "Nellie"; Earthborn "Tuffet"; Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"

Bedroom

Top, left to right: Earthborn "Inglenook"; Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"; Ecos "Plumpfled"

Bottom, left to right: Earthborn "Nellie"; Earthborn "Tuffet"; Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"

Hall Top, left to right: Ecos "Moonstone"; Ecos "Moonlight"; Ecos "Eiderdown" Bottom, left to right: Ecos "Flume"; Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"; Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"

Hall

Top, left to right: Ecos "Moonstone"; Ecos "Moonlight"; Ecos "Eiderdown"

Bottom, left to right: Ecos "Flume"; Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"; Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"

Grey is such a mutable colour. It changes in the light. There are blue-greys, green-greys and brown-greys. Here's Earthborn's "Cat's Cradle" in the living room, bedroom and hall.

Living Room, Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"

Living Room, Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"

Bedroom, Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"

Bedroom, Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"

Hall, Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"

Hall, Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"

Then this is Earthborn "Flume" in living room and hall

Living Room, Earthborn "Flume"

Living Room, Earthborn "Flume"

Hall, Earthborn "Flume"

Hall, Earthborn "Flume"

And this is Earthborn "Tom's Bakery" in living room, bedroom and hall.

Living Room, Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"

Living Room, Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"

Bedroom, Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"

Bedroom, Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"

Hall, Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"

Hall, Earthborn "Tom's Bakery"

Part of me wants to paint the whole flat in one colour, and enjoy the way it changes from room to room. Part of me wants to paint different rooms in different colours so that it looks the all same; a secret in plain sight. Some time yet to make that decision.