The front door of my little Victorian home has always had many compliments. I’m told it was replaced in the 1930’s due to the design, but I think it fits in perfectly with our period style home. It’s been painted cream (the colour when we bought it 18 years ago) black and slate grey. On my never ending list of things to do, it had been due a revamp for some time.
Recently, I attended the launch of Sanderson’s 50 new paint colours, a dream day out for me that hosted at the iconic Sanderson Hotel. The new colour range didn’t disappoint in the slightest, every colour had a well earned place in the Sanderson collection.
The event included a Colour Psychology workshop by colour expert and TV presenter Sophie Robinson. Myself and 15 other bloggers and journalists gathered round to listen to Sophie’s expertise, there’s a real science behind it don’t you know. The art of Colour Psychology can be used to invigorate your creativity and streamline your design process. It’s all based around ‘seasonal personalities’ that are set into four profiles.
SPRING is about new ideas and trends, pastel brights, it’s fresh and fun.
SUMMER is calm, classic, relaxed and beautiful with a cool muted palette of mid-tones.
AUTUMN is warm, rustic and rich with heritage fabrics and textures.
WINTER is high contrast with clean lines, architectural shapes with maybe a pop of colour or even bling.
(Tell me in the comments below what category you think you fit into, don’t worry, you can have more than one!)
Apparently, I’m Spring with a hints of Autumn, (strangely enough my two fave seasons) it was all so inciteful. We mood-boarded, talked colour, stroked paint palettes and got crafty. I pretty much knew there and then my front door just NEEDED to be painted blue. A real change from my muted tones of grey and white in the painting stakes, as I usually accent a colour crush with accessories, not paint.
With 28 blues in the collection, I decided to go with one of Sanderson’s ‘coastal’ blues, I managed to narrow it down to four tones. One of my inspirations for choosing the blue was from the pretty stained stained glass detailing on the door. I didn’t want to be to ‘matchy matchy’, just a colour that complimented it.
After standing outside with painted samples at various different times in the day (the light changes a colour so much, so I find it’s really important to make sure you have checked for at least 24 hours), I settled upon Menai blue. It reminds me of beach huts at the seaside, it’s bright and cheery, whilst having subtle hints of grey and has certain warmth about it. It’s also one of the new shades to have just been launched.
So, on a bright sunny day… and one that the husband happened to be off (handy that!) we set about our front door makeover. Him, with sand paper and paintbrush in hand, and me on hand to supply copious amounts of tea and biscuits with ‘ooh I love it’ on repeat.
The paint went on like a dream and looked amazing after just one coat. We didn’t prime, just sanded, as the door had previously been painted in wood paint so was good to go. After two coats my new door of dreams was complete.
I am truly head over heels in love with the new colour, thank you Sanderson (and Sophie), for giving me the push I needed to ‘brave the blue’, I stepped out of my comfort zone and I’m a new blue convert.
I’ve never made so many excuses to leave the house… just so I can drool over my front door upon my return.
Do you have any paint projects you’re just about to brave? Something thats different than your usual palette? I loved to know, leave me a comment below.
Until next time, Amy x
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