I’ve got some nice-but-knackered woodwork in my hall – the cupboards under the stairs – which is crying out for some colour. Teal, I think. But a kind of dark teal. Or is it turquoise? It’s a colour that exists in my head but refuses to be pinned down when I confront the paint charts. You guessed it, My Friend, it’s time to make a mood board.
The Teal bird in this Charley Harper print is almost perfect. But then I look at my old Smythson diary, something I chopped out of an interiors mag and a couple of paint charts and they’re kind of perfect too. But totally different. By the way, I don’t mind admitting that the act of laying out all this stuff then taking the picture was possibly more satisfying than actually getting the job done.
The one thing I have worked out is that this colour looks amazing with pinks. I started to check out Abigail Ahern’s kitchen and my eye kept wondering over to the door handles in the picture next to it. So there you go, five minutes ago I was hunting for the perfect teal for my cupboards. Now I’m seeking pinks and corals to inspire the door knobs and the insides of the doors. And I’m seriously considering making another mood board.