What painting my walls navy taught me



I’ve shared before about my house to-do list. This is a list that has all the things I want to get done in the house – not weekly jobs, but more cosmetic changes.

Some of the items on my list involved painting various areas upstairs, so I finally felt able to deal with the mess and I got some painters in.

They painted my study, Connor’s bedroom and the ceiling in our pyjama lounge.

At one point, Connor mentioned to me that he wanted his room blue. I’m not a fan of any “boring blues” as I call it so I told Connor that we’d have to have the perfect shade if his room were to go blue.

We settled on this very dark navy blue. I was a bit nervous because it was very dark but I felt like the room could take it because all our bedrooms are very light-filled the entire day.

To summarise, we painted Connor’s entire room navy blue (ceiling was white) and one wall in my study.

This is what I learned from painting the walls navy:

1. Trust my instincts

I wasn’t sure about the bold colour but I relied on past experience where I’d used bold colours and they all turned out fine. Most even turned out great 🙂

2. Nothing is irreversible

At least not with paint colour. I tell myself if I hate it, I can just paint it again. I had a situation perhaps 12 years ago where the paint colour did not look as good on my walls as it did on the paint swatch. I tried to love it for two weeks and then called the painter to come redo it. The good news is that I loved that new colour (Parsley) for 10 years 🙂

3. Take risks and be brave

I learnt a lot from The Nester about taking risks. She basically says things like “if you hate something anyway, try something new”. I’m all over this advice. Not that I hate white walls, but the point is to take chances. Our houses should be places where we feel safe…. safe to try new things and experiment.

4. You may actually love change

I am not a huge lover of change. But when I decide to change, I usually love it. I realise I have control issues but go with me here. I didn’t think I’d love Connor’s navy room that much but I SUPER-DUPER love it! I also love my navy kitchen so much. It makes me smile daily, especially when it’s clean. If I didn’t take a chance on it (and it should have been green!), I would have had a boring beige kitchen (I can’t even imagine!).

What I want to do with this post is encourage you to take a risk in your home – paint something, move some furniture around, upcycle/ recycle something or buy something.

What will you do? And more importantly, what are you hoping it will show you?

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Comments

  1. The blue is very brave and it is brilliant that you love it so much. I want to convert our deep freezer into something better looking. I saw some very good ideas and have one of my own. Hubby and I love DIY and love it even more when we do it together. So this freezer conversion is our next project. On our kitchen it is half done for the last 18months…hubby and I cannot agree on the tiles and the doors, so those two items are not done. We often do this, until we manage to convince each other. For us, doing things around our house is the love we have as a family, because we customise our house to fit us, and each item has a story.

    • Marcia Francois says:

      I cannot WAIT to see your freezer conversion – you have the best ideas! I’m so curious – is your husband a questioner too? Something struck me about how you say “til we manage to convince each other”

  2. The blue is stunning! Though I’m not sure I’m that brave. That said I’m a beige and gray and mint green type of person but our house has lots of colours think shades of pink and even light blue in K’s room.

    Now to convince my husband to break away from the one colour throughout the House mood

    • Marcia Francois says:

      I get the non-brave thing and my suggestion is always try small like a bright coloured cushion so see how it feels. If you leave the tag on and just leave it for a day or two, you’ll see whether it makes you happy or creates low-grade anxiety, and then you return it.

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