A couple of weeks ago, we had our downstairs redecorated whilst we were on holiday.
Great care had been taken with the colours, the main colour was one I had used in another property & loved but had still bought a tester to ensure it looked the same in other situation etc. And so all was set.
When we returned and saw the rooms in daylight, my heart sank. I didn’t like it. I was so upset as it was actually the colour I had used before that I didn’t like. But I bit my lip and whilst I told Dom that it wasn’t what I was expecting but that I would surely get used to it, I knew deep down I really didn’t like it & I wasn’t going to change my mind.
I’m very specific about colour and just subtle differences have a big effect on me. I’m aware there are people that can look at a chart of off white neutrals and just think any of those will be lovely. I am not one of those people.
Still. We had spent a lot of money on expensive paint and a good decorator to do the job.
Now I must admit, an older version of me would have pretended it was fine. To myself I would say, you’ve made an expensive mistake and you’re going to have to suck it up. I would have been pretty irritated with myself. I would have definitely felt the need to keep the mistake to myself too.
But I realised I’ve come a long way.
Firstly, I told myself the mistake really couldn’t have been avoided. I had made several samples of the colour, comparing them with things already in the room, sticking them on walls where the light was different, looking in day and evening light. I really didn’t choose this colour on a whim.
Secondly, I didn’t feel the need to suck it up for the sake of money. Yes it’s cost us more money to have it re done. But it’s worth it. I’m done with settling if I don’t have to. Some things you can’t change but those you can you should. Why put up with something for the sake of money if you can afford to rectify it?
Thirdly, I didn’t care about being ‘wrong’. So what if the mistake was mine? It’s better to let go of being perfect to get what you want.
The decorator obviously thought I was mad as to him there’s so little difference. I didn’t care about that either!!
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