There is a big difference between the color on a tiny color sample and that same color up on the wall, as I found out to my cost. I like interior design and playing around with different looks in my apartment and I really like painting. It is something I can confidently do myself and it is a relatively inexpensive way of giving a place a facelift. Unless of course you keep choosing the wrong color – then it becomes expensive!

I wanted to redo my living room and add some new energy. It was very beige and looked lifeless.I was bored with it. I had just come back from a trip to Mexico and felt inspired by all the bright colors. Mexico is bursting with color everywhere you look, from the tablecloths to the pottery to the wonderful woven blankets. However just like holiday romances, they are probably best in the place they happen and not so good when you bring them home. I was convinced I wanted deep orange walls so I could use turquoise accessories and feel like I lived in a hacienda. I made a little design board and stuck pictures on that all looked great. I spent hours pouring over colors on a color fan deck and comparing one orange with another. Eventually I made a decision, bought the paint and come the weekend got all prepped to roller my wall. I had salsa music playing the background and was convinced I was going to love my new look.

I hated it. It looked like a big splash of pumpkin. It was not at all what I had in mind. I thought it needed to be darker and more of a rust color. So more pouring over color chips and sticking them up on the wall – which was now hard against the orange that was already there. I bought more paint and repainted the wall. I gave it a chance and lived with it for a month but it didn’t work. It made the room look small and was so in your face. Eventually I had to use a primer on it so I could then paint a lighter neutral color. I spent a lot on paint. It now looks good but it took a lot of time, money and effort to get there.