Why '3 is the magic number' with our kitchen 'paint' makeover
*AD:Gifted: This post contains gifted paint from Little Greene Paint Company. As ever my views are my honest opinion!*
After living in our home for two years, last year our kitchen had its second makeover. This summer it had its third! It might seem excessive to have painted a room three times in three years but I knew I’d made decorating decisions that had to change.
There can sometimes be a fear in people when decorating that they might make the wrong decision with the colour they’ve chosen with a room. But I just think, what’s the worst thing that can happen if you do make that mistake with paint? Yes, it’s a waste of money and product, and in a world where we are trying to consume less not more, that is of course a problem. But with paint, I do have the opinion that it’s only paint and it’s something you can change, turning a room around in a matter of days, if you so wish.
This is what happened with our kitchen. When we bought our house it was painted in magnolia and at first, I painted it a not too dissimilar colour in a light grey, which was pretty safe by my colourful decor standards. Looking back, I think I just made a safe decision as I wanted the magnolia gone and didn’t really think about what to create in the space. Anyway, it just wasn’t me and a year later, I made the decision to change the dining half of the kitchen, so that it stood out and felt like a more of a dining room. I worked with my favourite paint company, Little Greene, on the transformation, who supplied wallpaper and paint. I picked out a bright blue (Air Force Blue) for the walls, which I took from one of the colours in the wallpaper pattern, and even though my husband wasn’t sure, I was adamant it was the colour I wanted.
I think you know what’s coming… a few months later, I decided it wasn’t the colour I wanted after all. Ever since then, every time I’ve walked into the room that’s all I could think about. I am terrible when I get a bee in my bonnet as I know it won’t go away and I have to do something about it! It was a lovely blue, don’t get me wrong, but it just didn’t work in the space, especially when looking out to the greenery of the garden.
So, fast forward to this summer. I was lucky enough to work with Little Greene again on the re-transformation of the transformation (blimey, that’s a mouthful) and I chose a paint colour that had been in my head for quite some time - dark green. I actually couldn’t stop thinking about painting the room green, which might have something to do with the fact that I am obsessed with green kitchens at the moment. Green and grey kitchens to be exact, which is lucky, as grey just so happens to be the colour of our kitchen cabinets.
Image: DeVOL Kitchens
After trying out various testers, I went with the colour ‘Puck’ which is a rich, forest green and it’s such a lovely warm colour, which works so well against the green backdrop of our garden. I also painted the radiator in the same colour, using their metal & wood paint, and it’s made it blend into the wall of wallpaper so much better. I’m pretty certain it’s the final ‘paint’ makeover for this part of the room and I absolutely love the green with the wallpaper and the dark grey woodwork.
I may have bought myself a small new addition to this room, with the arrival of the Ikea Fabrikor cabinet, which I’d had my eye on for a while and is the perfect place to display pretty crockery.
So, back to the moral of this blog post. Sometimes you don’t get paint right the first time around, and that’s okay. Sometimes you do, but you want to mix things up and have a change, and that’s okay too. Either way, it’s only paint and it can be changed pretty easily, quickly and relatively inexpensively (depending on the brand of paint), so decorating really is nothing to be scared of. And re-painting is kind of exciting, I think. But, always trust your gut as you know when it’s just not the right colour… and in my case, listen to your husband (just don’t tell him I said so).