I thought Paul and I would have a real battle when it came to paint colours, but actually he has ended up being more receptive than I expected to all of my suggestions (ie 50 shades of grey, plus a couple of real bold statement colours thrown in for good measure) and I have been less stubborn than I thought on the colours that I liked but he wasn’t so keen on.
We ended up only using Farrow & Ball paint, predominantly because we like their colours and finish, but partly for convenience as there is a F&B shop 10 minutes away!
For the main living areas we’re going to keep fairly neutral- Whivet in the kitchen/diner and hallways, and Blackened in the living room. The bathroom is also neutral – Pointing as we wanted to keep the focus on the statement floor/bath. The master bedroom is going to be mainly Ammonite, with the window wall (where the bed head will be) in Downpipe to add a bit of interest. And then the guest bedroom is going to be the most dramatic- and I think in some ways will be my favourite. We’re going for Stiffkey blue, which I think will look amazing against the white ceiling and woodwork, and black iron fireplace.
The floors bizarrely ended up being more of a dilemma. As we were stripping back the original floorboards we were really keen to keep the rustic look rather than have them looking like new wood floors. Most of the examples we found online seemed to be a bit too ‘neat’ for our liking, so we spoke to the floor-sanding company who said they could do a light sand (essentially doing the whole thing by hand) instead of the usual heavy duty process, which should give us the finish we wanted. They did a sample and whilst I’m still not sure it’s 100% what I’m after, it’s definitely closer than anything else I’ve seen!
In terms of finish, we wanted something that looked as close to bare wood as possible, so varnish was out of the question, and our floor guy said that with this type of sanding that lacquer would be better than oil, so we’re going to take his advice. We were originally going to stain the wood first to make it darker, but actually the boards look quite nice as they are so I think we’ll leave them.
Frustratingly with light sanding we definitely need to have finished all painting before we do the floors, as any spillages would cause real problems, so it’s not the end of the dirt and dust. The Christmas break is definitely going to consist of trying to fit in as much painting as possible around all the eating and drinking…!