(Advertisement – this post is a collaboration with Nordfärg but, as always, words and opinions are my own)
After taking the brunt of lockdown life this last eighteen months our family living room has recently undergone a much-needed update. In this first part of the project reveal, I wanted to share more about a recent discovery of mine, Nordfärg, a London based paint company with Nordic style and sensibilities at its heart.
Since moving into our 1930’s semi eight years ago our family living room has certainly seen some changes. From excited flatpack building newlyweds, the thrills and ‘spills’ of dog ownership to the rollercoaster ride that is parenthood, it has naturally evolved with us along the way.
Then, just when we seemed to have the balance right, between play space, home comforts and a design focussed adult room to enjoy after bedtime, lockdown happened. Literally overnight my favourite room in the house also became my office, and for many gruelling months a makeshift classroom too.
Safe to say exercising with Joe Wicks, endless days spent stuck indoors, and the stresses and strains of daily life took its toll on both the room as well as my love for it. So over the last few weeks I’ve been working hard to bring the magic back.
Despite what the trendsetters might say, I love a paired back palette; my house is loud enough without the walls shouting at me too. Throughout our home white walls and grey accents are used as a backdrop, yet in this room, because it is north-facing, the colour I had originally chosen had always looked more cool blue than soft grey. So without drastically changing the overall scheme I wanted to find the right shade that would add some warmth.
Thankfully Nordfärg offer a range of thirty different paint colours; taking inspiration from the local architecture, natural landscape and importantly for me, the light conditions found across the Nordic region.
I eventually opted for ‘Kalksten’ from the ‘VAGG’ interior range, a cosy grey with yellow undertones. Easy to apply, the coverage was great, and it dried to a beautiful matt finish. What’s more it’s washable, so no sticky finger marks to worry about, and durable enough to cope with constant high traffic.
Nordfärg also produce every one of their colours in a complementary interior wood paint range called ‘TRÄ,’ which when used alongside their ‘GRUND’ primer, dries to an ultra-fine sheen.
Made in small batches to save waste, Nordfärg paints are made using 100% green energy. By combining Sweden’s renewable power and Iceland’s geothermal heat, they have even earned themselves a coveted Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the highest sustainability standards accolade awarded.
Now the walls have been updated, it’s time to start work on those all-important finishing touches, which I will be sharing with you in part two.
To find out more about about Nordfärg and to order your free colour card, visit their website.
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All photography by Nicola Capper.