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Friday, December 31, 2010

Pre-renovation planning - paint colours!

Given that our renovations should start by the end of January 2011, there's a few things I can start thinking about now. One of them is paint colour. This is something that has really limited how good I could get our place looking prior to the big works. We always knew we were going to be knocking down walls etc, so there wasn't much point in painting. It is, however, the thing that makes the biggest overall difference to a place and can totally change its look and feel.

I found the coolest toy on the Taubman's website where you can test out your colour choices on finished rooms from the latest series of 'The Block'! I love playing with things like that.

I'm thinking of going for a colour scheme of grey, charcoal and antique white - sophisticated, able to make an impact, but still 'neutral' enough. For the two bedrooms, I'd like to do something like the following picture which I found on a blog called 'My Sweet Savannah' that has a few good grey decorating examples.

I also really like dark greys and am thinking of using this colour to define our entry alcove area when the wall is removed. I'm not sure if it will make it too dark, or separate the space in a funny way though? But I think the big gold mirror and the red Japanese lacquered bench in the entry would really 'pop' against a dark grey background. I found some awesome photos of how dark grey can be used at Design*Sponge.

The open-plan living/dining space I will just keep an antique white for the walls and a bright white for the ceilings to hopefully make it as bright and airy as we can.

Well, that's all for now. I'm off to the beach to soak up some nice weather before NYE celebrations tonight!


  1. Love the colours! I like the idea of antique white in the common areas... Are you still going to do the wallpaper thing in the entry way? Or just the paint?
    I like the idea of the dark grey with the gold mirror, as the wallpaper and mirror and bench might be too crowded...

  2. I agree. I would love to do wallpaper in the hallway, but I think you're right that it might be too busy. I think patterned wallpaper might be too close to the lounge where I want to have some patterned cushions from ada & darcy (I'll put them up in a post soon). x

  3. I really like the idea of the dark grey entrance alcove. It will definitely give your place a quirky feature. Did you ever watched the TV show "offspring"? Nina's unit had a dark grey entrance hall but the rest of the place was really light and airy like your home and it was a stunning juxtaposition.