The Colour Chart
the Farrow and Ball colour chart. I must have spent hours looking through this, buying samples painting them on walls, and then trying to decide which one. Apart from the actual colours - which seem so much better than, say, the Dulux ones to my eye (why I don't know, they are, after all, just colours) - I like the names. Some are mystifying like 'Mizzle', for instance, or 'Brinjal'. Some are amusing like 'Mouses's Back' or 'Mole's Breath'and some are evocative on their own: 'Book Room Red' or 'Dove Tale'. And the other day, to add to my enjoyment, Hodmandod Senior has pointed out that on the back is a description of each one.
'Mizzle', I discover, 'is a soft blue grey reminiscent of a west country eventing mist. The blue will become more intense when painted in a smaller room.'. We have opted for 'Cromarty' ('like the stronger Mizzle, this colour is inspired by mist , but this time from the sea. It will bring a softness to any room'.).
Its like a poetic platform of words - inspiring not just my decorating, but stories and images as I brush the paint down the walls. Each room gradually becoming
a different place.