We have redecorated our hall. Up to now, it’s been the default dumping ground for things that had no home, and I wanted it to be a nice space. It’s quite a dark room, with only a small amount of natural light, so we decided not to fight it. We have a lot of pictures, and wanted a colour that would act as a good backdrop. So with some trepidation (as I am a huge fan of the bright and light and vibrant) we went for grey. We have an old house and are limited to the paints we can use; one of the companies who make suitable paint is the wonderful Farrow and Ball (and even then, we have to have it specially made to order). And as luck would have it, F&B’s new colours for 2011 included some beautiful greys. We chose Manor House Grey for the walls, and the beautifully named Elephant’s Breath for the woodwork. The local carpet shop did us a very good deal on some nice damson carpet, and then we had a picture hanging session. It was especially nice to get some things on walls that have been in cupboards and corners for a while. On the little wall by the stairs we’ve put our marriage certificate and some lovely hand-painted plates we commissioned to mark the children’s births. We’ve still got some pictures to fit into gaps, but it’s starting to look as we envisaged, and it makes me feel happy and rather accomplished.