All change in the sewing room

Nope, no sewing show & tell yet. But I’ve been replanning my sewing room.

I had originally wanted to move into a bigger place so I can leave sewing mess around like the Other Half does with his dirty laundry. But we’ve given up. London is just too expensive. And I’m frightened by news story about people going on holiday, or even visiting family for the weekend, and coming back to find their house broken into by squatters, their belongs strewn all over the garden. I can’t bear the thought of anyone doing that to my fabric piles.

So we’re making do with our small place and decent neighbours. And that means rejigging things around, and clawing more space from the Other Half.

The fabric piles have moved into the bigger bedroom. Sewing gadgets & books are staying put. I’ll need access to fabrics less frequently than gadgets at the rate I sew.

I’m also taking the opportunity to repaint the room. I got patches of test paint on the wall: white, white, & off-white. Tempting. Especially as the room doesn’t get strong sun-light. But too boring for a hopefully creative space.

So I’m debating between sticking with the same colour as now (top 2 Dulux paint chips: Coral Canyon 2 & Pharaohs Gold 1) or going crazy (bottom 2 Dulux paint chips: Moroccan Sands 1 & Grecian Spa 3).

I chose the latter. Sod resale value. I’ll only live once & I want my sewing space to be a happy space. So bright orange & turquoise it is then! 🙂

The inspiration came from this picture in my Paint Recipe Book:

Oh yes I am. I’m so sticking to my so 90’s paint effect tricks. Sod the modern trend for matt flat colours. I think in a small space like mine, matt flat colour is going to be too claustrophobic.

Maybe not quite as runny & ready-worn as the picture above, but a glaze of transparent colour over white I think will make the walls feel deeper, more interesting, jewel like.

My current colour is a 3 layer colour wash: cream base + yellow, peach, cream washes. It was inspired by this Shaker style decor from my Decorative Style book – yes, another paint effect book, this one by Kevin McCloud of Grand Design fame, who used to do theatre set designs.

And it can be used on ceilings for that sunny blue sky effect. Mmmm… Holidays!

That was inspired by this Grecian style decor from Decorative Style:

Back to sewing room…

I’ve also taken the plunge & ordered an ugly Horn sewing cabinet.

I’m hoping the medium oak colour will at least match the fake oak laminate flooring. In reality, I would like to paint both. But I’m not sure if you can paint either.

So my Eclipse should arrive in 3 weeks. Then my sewing machine & overlocker will both have a home to hide in.

What about you?

What does your sewing space look like? Is it a happy place full of engery? A calm & orderly place? Am I totally mad with my colour scheme?

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