Tuesday, August 3, 2010


One of the things I am looking forward to the most about decorating our new house is coming up with a fabulous colour scheme. Unfortunately, Mr Kitty eschews colour in all forms, so decorating with often an exercise in compromise and negotiation (or compromisation, as I like to call it). In fact I think I could negotiate for the UN - that's how good I am getting.

In order to avoid "constructive discussions" (or arguments as regular people call them), I often try and find things I know he won't outright object to. It's a tough thing to do. I know he objects to colour to the point where he won't sleep on sheets that are anything other than white, so I have decided that the colour scheme of the new house should be silver. Technically it's a metallic, not a colour. It's also a shade (well, it's a derivative of grey). He should be happy.

I am planning on painting a couple of the walls in our bedroom and the dining room silver. I am thinking about using Porters Paints Mexican silver - it's a lot softer than other metallic paints I have seen. It doesn't sparkle - it glows. It has a soft sheen - it doesn't glitter. I think it will be a lot nicer than the metallic paint that Dulux makes.

I also want to incorporate other silver touches into the house by way of furniture and fittings. I really like:

Mirrored bedside tables and dressers

I love how this is a classic look but still has a modern feel. Mr Kitty doesn't really like it, but I'll work on him.

Silver light fittings

I adore the bubble like lights here from DeDeCe. I think they will provide visual interest in the dining room and will help make for a gorgeous intimate space. in the silver dining room.

Alessi fruit bowls

I love Alessi design and this fruit bowl will be perfect in our kitchen. The shape is so interesting.

Silver Rug

I have been drooling over the Catherine Martin designs for Designer Rugs for well over a year now. I really wish we were having a Victorian or Federation style hose so we could use more of her designs (I love her wallpaper!). I am still fighting for this Lyrebird rug, though. I think it's just heaven. The symmetry is perfection and the lines are so classically beautiful. I think as a statement piece in a modern house it could still work.

I also adore the wallpaper that Catherine Martin did for Porters Paints. Just heaven.



Carla said...

I love that rug! I hope Mr Kitty starts agreeing rather than constructively discussing it with you!!

Kiki Chaos said...

Oh kitty that rug is STUNNING! I love almost all her designs. That wallpaper is so beautiful it makes me want to weep. I love the silver idea. I saw a silver sequin pillow yesterday that I'm thinking of incorporating into the bedroom.

Sydney Shop Girl said...

I love the rug most of all.

SSG xxx

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

The rug is indeed divine and in real life it's even more beautiful. If that's at all possible.

I think Silver is really versatile. It's classy but glamorous.

Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh you're going through what we did last year. It's so much fun. My favourite part was the lighting fixtures! I became rather obsessed by them and they were the most fun to choose. In the bedroom we went with a black/dark brown and white theme with this enormous Art Deco style silver mirror and I love it :)

Anonymous said...

I'm quite taken with the mirrored dressing table.

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

Emmie - I love the table! I am really hoping to convince Mr K on that one...