Keeping your home in good decorative order makes living in it a pleasure and adds to value.
There is so much choice with paint charts to agonise over, home style magazines telling you how to transform that dull old bathroom, trying to keep up with the current colour in vogue – do you need soft sheen, gloss, acrylic, mould resistant, stain resistant, light reflecting, extra tough – at least you can get a range of sample pots to try every combination to suit your family needs.
But don’t those useful sample pots mount up in their row in the garage – of course they will come in handy for painting that chair you keep meaning to paint sometime.
As I drive around the Norfolk villages looking at properties, those nearer the coast often have their doors and windows painted a soft pale grey/blue or green, giving the owners that lovely feeling that they have left work for the week and can enjoy a Norfolk weekend, or it may be that you are arriving on holiday and those colours make you feel you have reached the sea and countryside.
UPVC windows and doors which were such a revolution when they arrived are not just white now but can be blues, pale greens, putty colour, making maintenance easier, but maybe lasting longer than the current trend.
Nowadays you rarely see old cottages with peeling paint as they are in such demand and kept well painted, with their neat and tidy front gardens and box hedging!
Paint styles can signify different parts of the country – the pargetted decorative walls in Suffolk and Essex where the plasterwork is combed into traditional patterns often have pretty colour washes.
Tudor style houses in some counties have painted timbers on white or colour washed backgrounds.
Rows of town houses often have brightly coloured shiny front doors, just inviting you in.
To arrive at a property with soft current colours and furnishings means that prospective buyers can see how to make the house their own.
Whereas bold statement walls may not be to a buyer’s taste and they will be counting the cost of changing it to their own style.
We can define ourselves and our lifestyles by our colour choices now – but who does choose those names such as ‘elephant’s breath’ and ‘mouse’s back’. Are ‘caramel latte’ and ‘melon sorbet’ actually for putting on the wall? What happened to magnolia?