We have a new flat in Malta. Not only is it steps from the sea, but it is ours and therefore, beautiful. There is something exciting about our little bits and pieces of furniture and crisp white walls — the flat is a blank slate with endless possibilities. It is exhilarating to build a life and a family with your lover, part of which involves carving out your space in the world — a cosy nest that feels like home.
There is no place like home and we are creating one for our daughter.
Lately, my mind has been preoccupied with all things decor — stunning interior design magazines, books, and blogs, all dedicated to beautiful spaces and attractive interior adornments. I have an impressive collection of images that form an idea of how I want my home to look and feel. Interior design is in my blood (my mother and grandmother are both professionals), however, I never took much of an interest. Until now — right now, I am a home maker.
Our first project is wall colour. I want gray walls. My grandmother was a fantastic decorator (or “room doctor” as she so aptly referred to herself). She was adamant that a room should feature every colour of the rainbow. I tend to sway towards a more muted and earthy palette; I don’t think she would approve of my penchant for gray. If I could, I would tell her that gray is the perfect backdrop for a colourful life.
Here’s a stunning example of gray on gray — dramatic curtains against a beautiful wall. This works perfectly with the gilt mirrors and crisp white bed linens. The great thing about gray is its ability to complement any colour palette. This image showcases one of my favourite combinations: gray against white, with hints of warm woods and golds. I also love the particular shade of gray of these curtains; it almost has a purple or red undertone. It’s warm and inviting for this luxurious bedroom.
I have yet to meet a subway tile that I didn’t like, so it’s no surprise that I’m drawn to these soft gray ones for the bathroom. Gray can be so calming and relaxing, a perfect colour to surround yourself with while soaking in a warm bath. The touch of fresh greenery and vintage glass bottles only enhance the beautiful shade of the tiles.
One thing I could never live without are my books. Despite my gypsy lifestyle of bi-continental travel, I always seem to be hauling my favourites back and forth with me. Books are also the jewellery of the home — the finishing touch to your decor. I could write a monograph on the beauty of bookshelves and book collections (hmm future post, perhaps?). If you have nothing else but books, then you have more than enough. The patina of the worn pages against the soft gray wall is stunning. Simplicity in design.
Almost as important as books, is your art work. You don’t have to have a lot of money or a huge collection to adorn your walls with art. At the moment, we are building our art collection; which consists of family photographs, friends’s artwork, car boot sale treasures, and so on. A gray wall — light or dark — is the perfect canvas for a unique and captivating gallery arrangement.
Start exploring gray — investigate the options. There are so many different shades and values that you will likely have too many choices rather than not enough. No matter what colour you choose, your room will thank you for it.
Please note: The only exception to white walls is if you live in a gorgeous Parisian apartment with chevron hardwood and decorative moulding.
Imagine the possibilities...