Painting our living room was one of the first things we did when we moved into our flat – we had the paint chosen and the job done within a week. The thing is, because we didn’’t really have a “vision” for the room at that time, we deliberately picked a colour that was inoffensively bland. We may have used the words, “this’’ll go with anything”. It was a lovely colour, but in terms of impact, it was neither here nor there.

Living room paint job - before 1

In the intervening two years we’’ve become bolder with our use of colour, and the living room had some vibrant fabrics that were sort of lost among the softly-hued walls.

Living room paint job - before 2

Every time I went into the room I just felt it needed some drama, and eventually we decided that we needed to abandon the countryish grey-green and opt for a colour that really had something to say.

Living room paint job - before 3

We chose Farrow & Ball’’s Hague Blue, the darkest of their blues, that has a gorgeous peacocky green undertone. So here’’s our New Year new look:

Living Room in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

The deep midnight blue makes the walls look positively velvety (and for once I think the woodchip wallpaper actually improves this effect, as well as being a dreamy surface to paint).

Living Room in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

The colour brings the room together and makes the large space cosier. Dark paints seem intimidating, and there’’s always a fear that they will make a room look smaller, but actually this one seems to have made our living room look bigger. Maybe it’’s the contrast between the cornicing, big windows and the luscious blue walls that makes the room fill out somehow.

Living Room in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

We also painted the radiator and dresser in the eggshell finish of the same colour, which gives them an architectural quality:

Living Room in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

What’’s the most exciting colour you’’ve used in your home? Are you thinking about taking the plunge with a dark paint? Let us know in the comments.


By Lisa Gilmore on 15.01.15

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