The last few weeks have been pretty manic as I try to prepare the house and garden for the summer and I found that I have been almost too busy to blog!  After four years of getting my head down to study everything else has had to take second place and now I am desperately trying to make up for that lost time. We have family arriving to stay next weekend so there is an element of panic setting in now! So much so that this weekend has been dedicated to painting the overflow guest bedroom which is located above our garage in a converted barn. It took me an age to find a suitable paint colour which I wanted to act as a neutral back drop to the rather loud Joules bedding that I had bought specifically for this room.

After several trips back and forth to the Farrow & Ball showroom I finally settled for Ammonite.  Described on the F&B website Ammonite is named after the treasured fossils often found on the Dorset coast. It has a fantastically understated modest quality, working perfectly with all the Easy Grey group. It is not gritty or industrial but has a subtle grey tone that suits all contemporary homes. To make it feel more grey it is best paired with All White. White & Light Tones Undercoat. – See more at: http://www.farrow-ball.com/ammonite/colours/farrow-ball/fcp-product/100274#sthash.79WPtTtm.dpuf

F&B Ammonite paint providing a perfect backdrop of Joules bedding

F&B Ammonite paint providing a perfect backdrop of Joules bedding

Contrary to their advice I chose not to pair it with white or any other tone for that matter. My intention was to paint the walls, ceiling and woodwork in exactly the same shade to create a feeling of spaciousness in this rather awkward space.  I must admit I was slightly nervous as the first tentative brushstrokes were applied to the ceiling but I soon overcame my apprehension and can say that now the room is finished I am absolutely delighted.  My next step is to paint the rather dreary pine furniture with some startling shades to give it a more contemporary look.  I am currently experimenting with a pink and blue from the F&B range; Nancy’s blushes and Hague Blue.  Watch this space to see how I get on.