Friday, February 15

Making Progress

Our hallway is coming along, slowly but surely. It took the whole week to tape off and paint. I underestimated the time and labor involved in this project, but it was well worth it! It really looks great and the color is just what I hoped it would be—subtle, yet rich in depth.

In the end I tested 9 paint samples and I am so glad that I did...I love the end result!

The winner of the paint sample competition went to Farrow & Ball's Shaded White. Despite the name it's not white at all!


Today the electrician is coming to put in small recessed downlights. Yes, I am still keeping the chandelier! It’s great for ambiance and was a birthday gift from my husband. It’s still one of my most prized possessions, however, it does not give off great light in a large hallway, especially if displaying art. We have acquired two more pieces to add to our collection. It is going to take a lot of time and money to fill this hallway, and unfortunately it seems that right now I have more time! Now I just need to start shopping for new carpet…

Oil on canvas by the lovely and talented Czech artist Jana Prchalova

Lithograph by Enzo Cadorin

28 comments:

pve design said...

ronda, you must have a pve design original for your freshly painted hallway! looks gorgeous.

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks Patricia!! I think you are right...we must speak :-)

Polly said...

Beautiful. I love the restful color and the high gloss white.

Be the change..... said...

How elegant! I love the final wallcolor and the chandelier just makes it! I can't wait to see progress shots (*hint*!)

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks Polly! I really love it!

BtC - I tried F & B french gray (see top row, middle color) but it was too dark for the hallway--it gets little natural light.

annechovie said...

Looking great, Ronda! Nice choice!

Style Court said...

Ronda, I'm impressed. Especially by how fabulous your woodwork looks! But the color choice is excellent of course too. How excitng. Can't wait to see your things hanging :)

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks Courtney!!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I agree with Be the Change, above. You are well on your way to a very elegant hallway. Great colour. Keep us posted.

House & Life said...

looks great!!!!!

{this is glamorous} said...

The paint choice is absolutely perfect, as is the chandelier--definitely a fantastic birthday gift.

Cote de Texas said...

Of course keep the chandelier!!! The hall loves gorgeous - the color divine and love the paintings. So exciting, I'm happy for you. Mission accomplished. Next on the list? hehe

Suzy said...

I love the colour Rhonda, its beautiful with the white trims and doors. Your art is lovely too - and how much fun it will be for you to keep adding to the collection!

Patricia Gray said...

The color looks great in the picture. I can just imagine how much better it looks in person. Great choice.

Things That Inspire said...

Doesn't a fresh coat of paint make a huge difference? So many designers say it is the most important element in changing the feel of a room.

Your gallery post has inspired me to get on with my plan to have a gallery of sketches and small oil paintings for my stairwell. I have long admired the look, and have done posts on designers takes on the gallery wall, but have focused on other things. Yesterday I made my first purchase towards making my gallery wall happen!

P.S. - Would love to know where you stayed in Paris, as I am planning a trip there. I am going back to read the post where your readers left suggestions for hotels.

ALL THE BEST said...

TTI - It makes such a difference!! We stayed at http://www.paris-hotel-louisdeux.com/
Hotel Louis II and we loved it!

acaligurl said...

the colour's are clean & fresh! & of course all things chandelier are lovely!

halcyon said...

Ronda, That color is so great. I have a very similar color in my master bath, now going on 5 years and I've never tired of it. Can't wait to see all the art hung. LOVE that color!

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks everyone!!!

Welcome Acaligurl!

I love it too Halcyon, hope I love it just as much 5 years on!

Kwana said...

I love the way it turnd out. When painting it's all about the tape. You made a wonderful color choice and the paintings are beautifil.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Ronda - Oh, how I love to paint a room. All the swatches and the watching the light change. Then the dramatic before and after. It's beautiful. And the chandelier too - wonderful.

Julia said...

Nice choice and the trim looks beautiful. Dying to see it "done"!

ALL THE BEST said...

Me too :-)
Thanks Julia!!!

suzannemarques said...

how fun to see your little painted squares. how many times i've done that. you are right. it's not white.. and it's the perfectly right color!!!

ALL THE BEST said...

Suzanne thanks for stopping by my blog! I am just thrilled with the way it turned out!!

Toby Worthington said...

Nice hall, but those doors are too boringly white and glossy.
Why not take the John Fowler approach and paint them in 3 closely toned shades of white?
The formula is: Sunk panels, as the wall colour.
Stiles and Rails, a slightly deeper white.
Mouldings: Palest white~in your case the white of
the door surround and the rest of the woodwork.
Not the least bit difficult as a rule!

ALL THE BEST said...

Toby,
Good suggestion...if we owned the flat I would opt for the formula. We sold our house in the US and are temporarily letting in the UK until we decide the duration of our stay. I think the owner is happy to let me paint the walls, but woodwork might be another story.

halcyon said...

Ronda, I hope you will do an update and show the finished hall.