A few weeks ago I was tweeting in desperation that I am getting my walls painted in my apartment. In the middle of it all I was really saying to myself: Why, oh why did I start all of this!? Everything was moved out of my apartment or shuffled around, I had to clean it and reorganize everything. But then, then came the moment: When I sat down and looked at my freshly painted walls. The sigh of relieve and happiness!
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
Looks brilliant! We have just finished painting the bedroom of our new house in Conforth White. Makes a very welcome change from the dreaded magnolia!
How stressful it is, the sight of new colored walls.. are they wat you expected them to be or do they disappoint and do you need to start all over again! Love the result though! x
It is exactly what I wanted to achieve, Christine. I wanted a more edgy, a more designy and a more grown-up look of my walls and I wanted also a somewhat darker backdrop to make coloured accessories pop better. Mission accomplished:-) I just need to find now adequate coloured accessories:-)
And you have well done…
So true…our home is all F + B paint, and I am planning to re-paint soon for a new look! Looks great Igor 😉
It looks great!
You are right, dark walls is not a hindrance in small apartments and going for quality paint is a must!
Look forward to more discoveries you’ll make..:-)
Absolutely! When it comes to wall paint I would always suggest to go for quality paint! You don’t want all the hassle and then to be disappointed by the result!
ohh farrow is on the top, I usually paint and the results are amazing, never tried grey … I love your results
Looks great, Igor! My 30-drawer tall chest that holds my photography gear is painted in Down pipe (with beeswax applied on top of the paint).
Great choice! Farrow & Ball is a safe choice when it comes to painting. I am convinced now. You should show us your drawer one day:-)
Igor, your wall looks wonderful, perfect grey backdrop for the autumn Winter season. I love Farrow and Ball too. Most of my house is Farrow and Ball, including the exterior. Have a lovely week. Enjoyed following you in Copenhagen on IG. x
what do you mean you need to put the finishing touches in the living room? I so thought it looks pretty amazing already! It is sophisticated and fits for a gentleman! The rug, the sofa, the wall colors, the artwork, and that coffee table … they all work together seamlessly. I love it!
Look great!! Great wall painting in this blog and awesome picture. It has been universally proven that colors not only attracts our eyes but also affects our mood to a great extent. Uhome assists the clients about ideas in wall painting. Like: light colors are the symbol for peace and reflect light as well where as dark colors are silent.
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I love the way it turned out Igor – really love the combination!
It looks so great.
Gray combination is very nice.Gray is always a favorite color.
Perfect combination. Gray has always had this relaxing effect on me. Thanks for sharing!
Happy you like it, Valerie!
The purple flowers with the gray shade the room is painted is a wonderful touch and go very well together. Loving IT!
Thank you very much Rachel!
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