Fool for France


At some point I decided that not every room could be gray. Enough is enough. And I had stayed in a glorious pink room in a certain chateau just outside Vouvant and loved it. So, I thought, why not pink? That goes well with gray. I chose a room on the north side of the house, which I thought could use a little cheer and hey presto, serious pink.

This is Little Greene paint. The color is Chemise. It’s really very pink, isn’t it, not like the subtle, almost white at the chateau. Maybe the north side was not the best choice, as this paint looks best in bright sunlight. With the sun out and those shutters open, this looks like a brilliant choice. The rest of the time it goes a little peppermint. I do wonder how I can tone it down. Furniture will help. I have a lovely oak day bed that I can put in here. The tarps will come up and the pine floor will be oiled; that will help. I think some of the pictures that I brought from California will cover some of the space.

Even so, I like it. It’s cheerful. I could just paint it over but for now, I think I’ll try to make it work.

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  1. I’m not usually a fan of pink, but that shade is beautiful! It’ll look even better once you’ve “broken it up” with furniture, mirrors and picture frames, don’t worry. I had that ‘uh-oh’ moment with my kitchen wall, which is brick red, but with picture frames all over it I love it. Love your radiators, by the way – I dream of having those in my home.

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  2. I don’t like many pinks, but that one I do and it works in your place.
    It will feel utterly different with warm wood and pictures.

    I have kept the faith with the pastel terrace bedroom colours, despite raised eyebrows from several quarters, including Trev; but when I add the plain pale drapes and the pictures I think it will be fine.
    I can’t live with just neutrals , I need a touch of colour or I feel deprived.

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    1. Well, there is color and then there is living inside a candy factory. I’ll move some things in there and see how I feel. Notice that the radiator is pink. It takes a full day to paint a radiator. I really hope the pink works out.

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        1. Yeah. We are using the old radiators. Also you can’t get this color in a spray can. So you paint, wait for it to dry, paint again…. It adds up. I imagine if I wanted to change the color, they could leave out a layer or two. Each layer reduces the efficiency of the radiator, so I’d like to keep all this painting to a minimum.

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