Say No to Magnolia

I love colour. I mean, I LOVE colour.  From mustard fields in the springtime to aquamarine coastlines and poppies in a meadow, how can you not feel alive at those bursts of radiance?

One of my faults is that I take far too long to buy anything in garden centres. I am literally stunned by the sea of colour. The plum purple pansies and the salmon pink geraniums are so beautiful, I find it almost impossible to choose. (Luckily the BF has the patience of a saint).

So when I see rooms that are painted magnolia, with floors, soft furnishings and sofas that offer accents of cappuccino and brown, it makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong, the world would be a very dull place if we all had the same tastes. However. I cannot help but wonder why anyone would want to sit/eat/sleep in such a bland environment.


Colour can affect your mood entirely. Reds and violets can make you feel energised, while blue is tranquil. Yellow is like the sun and promotes feelings of joy and happiness. Grey can be perceived as a dour colour but paler hues, teamed with other brighter colours can be very sophisticated. Good old white is very peaceful (I know some people don’t think white is a colour but let’s ignore that for the sake of this subject!) and of course it goes with everything. Soft pastel shades, bold primary colours, monochrome or even varying shades of white can all be amazing colour schemes for any room in the house.

Yellow inspires happiness
Blue bedroom
White and blue are both tranquil colours

The beauty of chalk paint, which you’ll know by now I use in abundance on my own things as well the items I sell, is that you can experiment with colour cheaply and easily. Grab a piece of furniture or buy something cheap from a charity shop, get some chalk paint and get stuck in. If you don’t like it, paint over it! Simples. It’s an inexpensive, virtually risk-free way of trying something new.

Even I have discovered that despite my obsession with white (especially in kitchens and bedrooms) bright green dining chairs can look fantastic! I also dislike black decor but recently painted a gorgeous art deco telephone table in black and I love it.

So if you think the colour police would throw you in the slammer, be brave and have a go at injecting some colour into your life.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Colours

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