[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen we first moved into our flat a few years ago, I was so delighted in the freedom of decorating it as I wanted that I went a little bit crazy with it. I wallpapered everything. I collected prints from Etsy like there was no tomorrow. Dozens of cushions were purchased. There was a lot of Cath Kidston kitchenware. Now, fast forward to 2015, my tastes have changed somewhat. Whilst I still love our white floorboards and mint green Smeg, there’s a few things that have changed- the wallpaper and kitsch have disappeared for one thing! Whereas before I was very much into colours, I suppose three years at my old agency have rubbed off and if it’s black and white, I’m all over it. Not quite minimalistic, but halfway there. I love black walls contrasting against white, and instead of an explosion of colour all over the house, there’s just accents of it here and there. My Home & Design board on Pinterest is brimming with inspiration like this…
As I had a whole weekend to myself- Robin is somewhere in the frozen tundra of Iceland- I took myself down to B&Q, bought a tin of matt black paint (specifically, the Colours Black Matt Emulsion as it was only £13) and got stuck in. I removed the shelves, taped up the sides with painter’s tape (never skip this part!) and just spent an nice hour singing along to the radio and painting the wall that gorgeous thick black colour.
I applied two coats for an opaque finish, let it dry, and put everything back in again! It was a good excuse to ditch some clutter as well as give the kitchen a nice spring clean. Ever since our boiler went bonkers, the ladder/nuts and bolts/toot has driven me up the wall. So I painted it instead to feel better 😉
Anyway- here’s the result!
I’m collecting new prints to replace the ones currently on the wall- I’ll do a bit of a show and tell when they’re up nicely! But I was thinking along the lines of these…
And because I’m not entirely monochromatic and minimalist, I took a shine to these gorgeous calendar prints from Rifel Paper Co
Even though we’re a long way off from that kitchen and bathroom renovation, little changes like a new wall colour or some new art make me feel SO much better.