TFW you keep going back to the same palette

We’re settling into our new apartment nicely, and part of the excitement [for me] of making it a home is deciding on what paint colours could go in each room. However, one thing I have noticed is that I keep going back to very similar colours that we had in our last apartment. 

I’m halfway finished painting our living room burgundy [hello old living room], I keep thinking about painting Cora’s room a lovely muted grey [like her old nursery] and I can’t help but want to go really dark in our bedroom. Again. I say to myself no, you can’t do those colours again because you already did that! People don’t want to see it again! And then another part of me thinks, hang on a second, these are colours I like. I like them for a reason. I’m not going to all of a sudden paint our bedroom orange [no offence to anyone who likes orange] just because it’s something new and might interest people. So I’ve given in and I’ll stick to the colours I like instead. I’m still going to worry that I’m just copying our old apartment, but I’m going to try and get over myself. 

I haven’t decided what colours I’m thinking of painting the rest of the apartment, but I do keep coming back to certain colours and yes, you’ll probably see more of what I’ve used before. But I am hoping to add them in more creative ways on walls and on furniture, etc. 

Do you have certain colours that you can’t help but paint certain rooms? Or do you have a palette that you love and keep going back to? I didn’t realise how much I loved certain colours until I’ve pretty much decided to use the same colours in the same rooms again! And I’m beginning to think that might be okay 😉 

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  1. November 23, 2017 / 21:27

    I find the same – my bedroom is a pale aqua, my spare-room a pale blue, my chimney breast a chalky teal, my kitchen a bluey/aqua, one wall of my utility nook a bright aqua. And even when I try not to pick a bluey/aqua colour, I just don't manage it!! I did say to Rob the other day that we should revamp the bedroom and have a change, but he just said "there's nothing wrong with it". Maybe if we finally move next year, I'll try to be different when we decorate a new place.

    Although, I do think that you like what you like, and why go against that? Also, even if you end up going with the same colours in your new apartment, the actual rooms will be different, with different features, some different furniture and accessories – it will still create a new look.

    I'm interested in your creative ways to add colours to the walls – I hope rag-rolling won't be involved!!! 😉 xx

    • December 3, 2017 / 16:54

      HAHAHAHA nope nope nope there will be no rag-rolling! Though I did happen to be thinking about it the other day and how 80's and 90's stuff is making a comeback, and I was wondering if that was a technique that would haunt us again. Hopefully not!

      I don't know why but I kept thinking that because we're starting over in a new apartment, that I had to reinvent the wheel and use new colours and techniques. Because I like to dump extra pressure on myself for no known reason. You're so right – I like what I like and I won't be going against it. Again, my brain has been silly lately so I felt I needed to explain myself to people (???). Brains.