Five Reasons You Should Colour Wash Your Rooms

Okay, so technically, you could accuse me of writing another post about Colour Drenching not long after the last one, and I did mention this in the Colour Drenching post, but I'm talking purely about paint on walls, trims and ceilings here, rather than what's in the room.

Everyone should at least consider painting their woodwork (doors, window and door trims, skirtings) and even cornicing and ceilings the same colour as their walls.

Try painting the skirting, doors, window and door frames, and even the ceiling the same colour as your walls for a dramatic, contemporary look.
Image: David Cleveland / The Guardian
Why, I hear you ask? What's wrong with my lovely fresh white trims? Well, I'm going to tell you...

1. Unless you live in a brand new, pristinely finished building, chances are the lines where walls meet ceiling, skirting and door and window frames are less than perfect. Trying to paint a straight line where there isn't one, is somewhat frustrating. When you're painting it all the same colour, this issue is eradicated. It feels totally liberating when you're slightly OCD about these things. It also cuts down on painting time because there is less faffing around with trying to get the perfect straight line.

Try painting the skirting, doors, window and door frames, and even the ceiling the same colour as your walls for a dramatic, contemporary look.
Image: Tempo da Delicadeza 
2. You don't need to buy one paint for your trim colour and a different one for your walls. So if you use the same finish on both, it could be argued that it's more economical. Of course if you want to use matt on the walls and eggshell on the woodwork, that argument falls down, but I've recently painted a room in eggshell all over to avoid the difference in finish. And I love it!

3. Contrary to popular belief, painting the ceiling the same colour as the walls doesn't make the ceiling feel lower. In fact, because you haven't got a massive expanse of white floating above your head and drawing your eye to it, it can actually make the ceiling less noticeable and therefore higher. Or INVISIBLE even!

Try painting the skirting, doors, window and door frames, and even the ceiling the same colour as your walls for a dramatic, contemporary look.
Image: Sarah Ruffin Costello
4. Once you start, suddenly white trims feel a bit twee, and dare I say, old fashioned. Painting everything (not the floor, although they have in the top image) the same colour, gives a room an uninterrupted dramatic look.

5. It looks COOL, CONTEMPORARY and GLAMOROUS. Now who doesn't want that?!

This revelation has now added hours of extra painting time to my DIY list, but it will be totally worth it. Eventually.

Have you already taken the plunge with your woodwork and/or ceilings? Or would you? It's not as scary as it sounds, and it's so transformative. As you can see above, it's still really effective just doing the trims and leaving the ceiling white if that's a bit too scary!

Fab Five - Pink Sofas

After my post about Colour Drenching last week, I've become even more obsessed with monochrome rooms, and I keep seeing beautiful pink sofas and chairs that would just look so amazing against pale pink walls. You know, like the pale pink walls in my living room.

I basically want my living room to look like The Gallery at Sketch if I'm really honest. Who wouldn't? And I've decided that I need to take more risks with my future purchases, because life's short - buy the pink sofa!

I've rounded up my favourites here, as a reminder to myself for when we're in the market to replace our 'lived in' grey sofa, which I'm pretty over, but as we've just bought a (rather more sensible!) sofa for another room, we are most definitely not in the market right now.

But you might be in the market, and as always, a girl's gotta dream, right?

Fab Five Pink Sofas - French For Pineapple Blog

1. Mr Jones - Open Plan Living
2. Vintage Rose Berkley Chair (comes as a sofa too) - Sweetpea & Willow
3. Charlotte Chesterfield - Love Your Home
4. Rockstar - Loaf
5. Toward by Erik Jorgensen - Nest


Lately I've been drawn more and more to monochromatic rooms, that stick to a very limited colour palette, and layer using that palette only. Colour Drenching as I like to call it. It's incredibly striking and draws me in every time.

The most famous example of Colour Drenching that I can think of is The Gallery at Sketch. Bathed in a sea of baby pink upon more baby pink, is it any wonder that Sketch is London's most Instagrammed restaurant? It doesn't get much more striking than this! I've been a few times, but feel another visit will be required soon to get my fix. I need to sit in a different part of the room so I can admire more of David Shrigley's art whilst happily sat in that pink sea.

The Gallery at Sketch London Colour Drenching - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: India Mahdavi / The Gallery at Sketch London

Colour Drenching kind of reminds me of the sets of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, albeit less dramatic, and less about the lighting, but where going from one room to another completely changes the atmosphere, and looking from one room to another is an exciting visual feast.

If you've not seen that film, you should do yourself a favour and track it down, but be warned, the subject matter is somewhat disturbing. Maybe read the blurb first, and definitely don't watch it with the kids!

I love the idea of having rooms that are not referred to as The Living Room, The Dining Room, The Kitchen and The Bedroom, but instead, the Pink Room, the Blue Room, the Green Room and so on, where the colour of each room completely envelops you.

It's not hard to achieve this look, but you do have to be committed. Start by matching your walls to your sofa or largest piece or pieces of furniture in the room. And by painting all the woodwork the same colour as the walls, you're well on your way.

Suddenly, my white trims seem SO dull and old fashioned. I have a terrible feeling this urge is going to result in a whole load of trim painting throughout the house in the coming months. Oh dear.

To really nail the look you need to be ruthless, fearless and completely unapologetic. Decide on your colour and stick to it. Use a colour that's saturated enough otherwise you run the risk of it being dull, which is the opposite of what you're trying to achieve! The more you stick to your colour, the more dramatic the effect. Use wood tones, black, white and metallic accents as they won't diminish the overall effect. And texture has never been more important if you're going to pull off this look. Layer, layer, layer.

Looking to Sketch again for an example, there's a marble herringbone floor, the upholstery is all rich velvet, and there are lots of brass accents. Metallics are neutrals, so use them freely.

Let's look at some more shining examples...

The interior designers of Hotel Providence in Paris have nailed Colour Drenching with the help of some of my favourite House of Hackney prints...

Hotel Providence Colour Drenching - French For Pineapple Blog
Images: Hotel Providence

Not quite adhering to the Colour Drenching rules, but still with a similar effect - I love this wall and upholstery colour...

Colour Drenching - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Neptune

And last, but most definitely not least, some green and a spot of teal...

Colour Drenching - French For Pineapple Blog
Left: Panton designed Der Spiegel office lobby (Image source unkown) / Right: Duvan Interiors

What do you think? Would you be brave enough to Colour Drench? I'd love to hear your thoughts!