Palette: Living Room

In keeping with the theme of thinking of next week and three month's time at the same time, this is the selection of materials I’m working with for the living room.

From top, anticlockwise: Black granite (freecycle); paint samples from left, Ecos "Plumpfled" Ecos "Brilliant White" Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"; Bute Ramshead fabric; Bute Kilamory fabric (discontinued); matt white laminate; gloss white laminate faced plywood

From top, anticlockwise: Black granite (freecycle); paint samples from left, Ecos "Plumpfled" Ecos "Brilliant White" Earthborn "Cat's Cradle"; Bute Ramshead fabric; Bute Kilamory fabric (discontinued); matt white laminate; gloss white laminate faced plywood

The base colours are simple and neutral. Pale grey walls, white ceilings and (probably) paintwork. The kitchen will be white, although still debating between matt and gloss finishes, laminate faced ply with an exposed edge on the worktops. Maybe some black granite around the cooker, or a dark porcelain tile floor.

Then the colour elements centre around a couple of key pieces: my lime green egg chair (sadly in storage, but the fabric sample above is the same fabric from Bute) and a lino print by the artist Ian Phillips.

Ramsey Sound, Ian Phillips

Ramsey Sound, Ian Phillips

I bought this some years ago on a trip to Pembrokeshire, on a Arts Council of Wales loan. I love the picture for the style of the image (it make me think of Twentieth century graffiti and traditional Japanese woodblock at the same time), and because of the view is from one of my favourite parts of the world, but also the combination of colours is so soothing for me. It’s come to be a shorthand for the colour scheme that I want to use in the living room; the lime green egg chair, teak side tables, grey walls and turquoise pendant that I already own all match colours in this print.

I have plenty of furniture, but the one thing I don’t have is a sofa. I want to buy a mid-20th Century sofa and reupholster it in the Bute Ramshead. I’m stalking eBay for the right bargain, but there’s no rush.