|Styling & photo Paulina Arcklin for Coleur Locale. Source: lovewarriors.se|
I'm about to embark on the daunting task of painting my floorboards white. I say daunting because it's something I've wanted to do for a loooong time but I've somehow let other people's opinions question my decision. "You can't do that to perfectly good floorboards!" "They'll be soooo hard to keep clean." "You'll regret it!!" "You can't beat natural timber."
All good points. BUT it doesn't change the fact that I no longer like my floorboards. In fact, I hate them. Heavy stuff, I know. They throw off way too much red for my liking (the nature of the hardwood timber that they are), they are affecting my design choices as the colour clashes with most things and they just dominate the entire space. They're just too "heavy". It's surprising how much they affect the mood of the house, which in turn affects my mood.
We've toyed with the idea of moving house for over a year now and this has certainly impacted on my decision to hold off from painting them. What if it puts off potential buyers? That's a real possibility. But it dawned on me only a couple of weeks ago that I can't live in a house that will please others at the expense of what I want and like. Why do we do that? We play it safe because we think safe is best for resale. Blah! Life's too short for that. I'm a true believer that we should live in spaces that make US happy. You're never going to please everyone, so why bother? Everyone is going to have an opinion but you have to do what's right for you. Hell, I don't like half the houses I walk into! But the people that live there do and that's all that matters. So wish me luck and let's hope I don't give those naysayers the opportunity to say "told you so!"
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