I mentioned to Gregor that I was considering using the paint colour "Red Maple" in the Gentleman's Dressing Room, which has recently been plastered. We had some of this paint left over from another room, and a warm colour would be appropriate for a sitting room where people gather, invariably, round a roaring fire.
Unawares to myself, Glen was already on the case and when I popped in one day to view progress, he was already cutting in the colour!
The morale of this story is be careful of what you say. It is definitely a bold choice. I had planned a lengthy chromatic consultation period, and this had now been taken out of my hands. In an attempt to be positive, I rationalised that perhaps this "top of head" comment was by its very spontaneity the hallmark of a correct choice.
I sent my artist friend Duncan up to view the room recently to ask him what he thought: strategically I gave nothing away about the colour or my feeling towards it. I was so relieved when Duncan gave it a huge thumbs-up. He reckons that with appropriate furniture, mirrors and paintings, the assault of the vertical planes of red will be reigned in.
|coat one of "Red Maple" in the Gentleman's Dressing Room (click thrice for VR panorama)|
At the top of the right-hand wall you can see two sandstone corbels which hold the beams supporting the floor above. The coving here, long since gone, would cunningly have hidden the corbels. If you have the skills to reproduce the coving - get in touch!
Anyhow, progress in the Gentleman's Dressing Room and the adjoining Aunt Nellie's Bedroom has cheered me up: they finally feel on the path towards civilised accommodation, after being semi-derelict spaces for so long.