If you, like me, have no confidence in your design or other aesthetic opinion and you have got to paint any room (or the whole thing) in a new colour and you are stricken with indecision – (grey too cold? white so blank. please please not cream again?) – paint everything and I mean EVERYTHING in Pale Powder by Farrow and Ball.

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This was a tip handed to me by a women who is one of the interior design department of a very large and famous and cool restaurant and hotel chain. It’s a colour that’s there but not there. It’s warm and peaceful and thrilling all at the same time, it’s neither overwhelming nor boring. It works in North, South, East or West-facing rooms. Everyone likes it (I mean, unless you have very specific ideas about strong colours, or monochrome). It’s just a great colour.

In a “busy” room, such as a kitchen, you can even paint all the woodwork the same colour, too. I know that sounds like a weird idea but I have seen it done and it works just fine.

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A room done in Pale Powder. This is not my house.