When we moved into our home, five years ago now, the entire decor was magnolia. With a newborn, one, two, and ten year old, our big ideas to inject a little colour into our home were cast aside and over time decorating our home moved further and further down the list of ever growing priorities. Finally this year, with the children that little bit older, we decided this was our time to get our house looking exactly as we wanted it to and yet there was just one big issue stopping us – Lewis.
Lewis has had asthma since being a baby, going through stages where it seems to settle and others where it flares with one asthma attack after another. In the past, painting our home has meant shipping Lewis off to his Dads for a few days, just to be safe whilst the smell of paint clears, and yet this year, having been in hospital on two separate occasions with severe asthma attacks, I just couldn’t take any risks.
But it turns out that Crown don’t think that allergies should stop you from enjoying a stunning interior, which is why they have announced that their breatheasy® matt and silk emulsion range is now certified asthma and allergy friendly®.
With low VOC and 99% solvent free, this scientifically proven formula helps limit exposure to airborne triggers of asthma and allergies, and we couldn’t wait to put them to the test.
The first decision was where to start and for us we decided that our front room was our priority: abandoned for the best part of a year, and simply used as a walkway through to the rest of the house. As it is the first room you enter into the house, it’s the one which will make the biggest impression and we wanted to inject some colour and personality into our home with calming, cool colours we can sit back and enjoy.
The breatheasy® range has some gorgeous colours, ranging right across the spectrum, but it was the blues which caught my eye. After much deliberation we went with Stepping stone and Clay White, two complimentary colours which certainly created a bigger statement than magnolia, without being too far out of our comfort zone to make our home feel completely alien.
When it comes to decorating we don’t do things by halves and so we decided to get someone in to remove our old gas fire, plaster over it, rip out our light fittings on the ceiling and walls, and install spots lights in the ceiling instead. I had to keep reminding myself that things always look worse before they look a whole lot better!
The next step was the difficult part – painting our room! Gaz and I aren’t very clued up when it comes to DIY but I love that Crown have all kinds of advice on their website, including step by step videos, to help novices like us get the best out of their products.
I was really impressed with the coverage our breatheasy® paint provided, easily gliding over our existing walls and the colour was true to the shade shown on the tin. I think that’s always my biggest worry when we choose a paint colour, especially after the disaster of Lewis’s grey bedroom coming out a lovely shade of lavender, so it was good to know we had got exactly what we expected and Clay White was such a lovely muted tone, perfect for accenting our feature colour.
For someone who has always been a little afraid of using bright colours, the moment I poured Stepping Stone into the paint tray I knew I was going to love it. It is such a fresh and uplifting colour and that’s exactly what we wanted to achieve in our home.
I was worried that using a bolder colour would be harder to get right, especially for amateurs like ourselves, and yet once I had cut in with the brush (check me out knowing the lingo!) we were able to use the roller to do the bulk of the painting and the finish was really impressive. Rather than finding the whole thing stressful as I had imagined, I actually found it really therapeutic!
But the thing which surprised me the most was the smell, or more specifically, the lack of smell! Unlike other paint there was no strong smell of solvent, no headache at the end of the day, no stinging eyes or tight chest, and Lewis was home the entire day and didn’t make so much as a wheeze. It was so refreshing not to have all of the windows and doors open to clear the smell and, although it wasn’t entirely odourless, it was in no way a strong or unpleasant smell. In fact I was so confident in the breatheasy® range I even allowed the kids to step in and help us out.
Our room is far from finished, we still need to lay the replacement carpet, add in our furniture, decorate the walls with a photo gallery of our travels, and finish with all of the soft furnishings which make a house a home. But with the decorating done I am so impressed with the quality of the breatheasy® paint, the vibrance of the colours, and that we are able to decorate our home without worrying about triggering Lewis’s asthma and allergies.
It has made such a big difference to us embracing colour into our lives and I was surprised at just how much that can impact on our moods in general. Before our room was very bland and cold and when I stepped through the front door I felt very uninspired by our home. Now I am greeted by all of that colour it instantly makes me feel uplifted and happy and I want to experience the same in every room of our house.
I can’t wait to make a start on the next room, and the next, and the next, infact I’ve already chosen the paints I want from the Crown breatheasy® range! For more details about the Crown breatheasy® range, or any of their products, visit the website here and watch this space for our living room makeover reveal in a few weeks time!
** We are working with Crown to share the breatheasy® range. We have been provided with paint for the purpose of our review and compensated for our time. All words and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated **