Jasmine White and Eiderdown to brighten spaces

A regular customer of mine has recently been buying a great deal of Dulux Jasmine White matt emulsion and Colortrend Eiderdown eggshell.

I’m painting the whole house the same colour, I want the house to feel less disjointed.

I know what he means. While using a range of colours does have its appeal and can create different moods to complement a bright kitchen or a snugly, cosy lounge for example, having just one colour can link everything together. I think it can also make the house seem larger.

My customer’s property is an old one, dating from around 1600, with lots of beams and wooden floors. He’s also removed plaster in some of the rooms to reveal the stone which creates a dramatic effect.

Bold colour with neutral background
Bold colour with neutral background

Previously there was an under stairs cupboard and pantry but he’s opened it right up to create a light and airy space. The old quarry stone floor was damp so that was dug out and a vented wooden floor installed with the new boards finished with three coats of Ronseal liquid floor wax.

Carpeting was removed from the stairs with the treads sanded and waxed and the risers painted in ColorTrend Eiderdown eggshell.

Wooden stairs with waxed treads and painted risers
Wooden stairs with waxed treads and painted risers

The Eiderdown colour is slightly warmer than the Dulux Primrose White which has just a tint of yellow in it. It could be quite cold but the wooden floors, colourful rugs, curtains and furnishings prevent it being feeling chilly.

Warm stone and wood surfaces prevent this being a cold interior
Warm stone and wood surfaces prevent this being a cold interior
A wood burning stove provides extra warmth when needed
A wood burning stove provides extra warmth when needed

Rooms at the back of the house are north facing so making the most of the little light that enters is important. In this bedroom the same wall and trim colours are used with warmer colours found in the curtains and bedding.

A small and cosy cottage bedroom
A small and cosy cottage bedroom

The house is far from completed with more carpets to come up, floorboards to be sanded and walls to be painted. I’m making sure I have plenty of Dulux paint in for when he next calls!

I found this an interesting guide – 7 Steps to Create Your Whole House Colour Palette + Worksheet

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