Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect pop of warmth During our recent kitchen/diner renovation I wanted a pop of colour to lift the scheme and became increasingly drawn to picture gallery red due to its earthy hue. It works beautifully with drop cloth walls and appears in our north facing room as a rich, rusty tone that adds a layer of warmth. The finish of the estate eggshell and depth of colour is exceptional.
Date published: 2022-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creates a cosy impact When we bought our current house, knowing it required full modernisation throughout, we decided from the off that we didn't want it to look like another archetypal renovation property: grey, bland and unimaginative. We wanted it to be vibrant and full of character. The resultant waves of colour throughout this house you could also call an overcorrection. Our previous house was a new build - a haze of magnolia and neutrals. Decorating that house was never particularly inspiring as it was always done with a view to selling it in the near future - it was never going to be a forever home - so it was kept perpetually neutral. We knew we'd be in this house a lot longer so we promised ourselves we would decorate it exactly how we wanted it - not worrying about reselling. We wanted the decor to suit the age of the house and we chose colours simply because we loved them. Picture Gallery Red was one of the first colours we decided on. The living room is north facing and gets very little natural light. Rather than trying to fight that, we decided to steer into the skid. This is a dark and moody red. There's a bit of drama in it but I find it also quite calming. We wanted to create a warm, cosy room that we could relax in during the evenings in front of our newly-installed log burner. We got exactly that! It's not garish like some reds can be. It has an earthy brown undertone and is very warm. I used Joa's White on the ceiling (painting the ceiling something other than stark white is my new favourite thing!) and it pairs brilliantly. On the trims I used All White in Modern Eggshell. This was the perfect choice as it goes with anything having no undertones: pure white but not stark and bluish like you get with some whites. This was also important as I wanted to use All White on all the trims throughout the downstairs as well as the same flooring, as each room is a different colour and I wanted some coherency. Now the finish. I read review after review while trying to chose between the infamous Estate Emulsion and the newer Modern Emulsion. There is no doubt the Estate finish is beautiful and unique - I've seen it in other houses - but I could not have walls that you couldn't touch or wipe. So, I plumped for the Modern finish and I've used that in every room. It was the right decision. I don't have to worry about marks or fingerprints. You still get a richly pigmented colour and it goes on like a dream. Yes there's a slight sheen to it that you don't get with the ultra matt Estate but the pros far outweigh this. The undercoat is a different story and was infinitely harder to apply, but it was worth it. Make sure you match the correct undercoat - I used the one for reds. I highly recommend this colour. It's warm, full of character and beautifully rich. Though be warned, there are many who will turn their nose up at a 'red living room'. When we were in the messy stages of the renovation, many of the contractors baulked at the thought of painting it red. And there are a few family members who I know don't really like it. But I couldn't care less. Me and my husband love it and that was the aim: to create a space that we loved - I could stare at my beautiful walls all day! I've also read a number of articles stating that you should never paint a room red - as it invokes feelings of agitation and anger - I have honestly only ever found this room to be relaxing and I often fall asleep in it! Happy painting and I hope my review has helped with your colour decisions!
Date published: 2022-09-21
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