We has a slight hiccup when we went to choose our bedroom colour paint and I was unable to pick the colour I'd originally wanted, which was a dusky French purple! Instead we made a rash risky decision and went with a midnight blue called Ballgown. As it turned out I love the colour the down side is I'm having trouble finding accessories in that shade of blue. Obviously being armed with a sewing machine I decided to create my own scatter cushions.
They were dead simple to sew, I ordered raw silk in midnight blue and the colour turned out to be perfect. I used ribbon from my stash to create a contrast and bought pop-pom trim to add interest. I didn't mess with a zip or flap either, I just left a small opening at the one end and stuffed the cushions in before hand stitching it closed.
A note about paint;
The Ballgown paint we used was a dead flat matt finish from the period colours range. It's the first time we've used Dead Flat Matt.......and possibly the last!
The dead flat has a chalky finish to the paint, which because of this make the colour look different depending on the lighting, it can go from a midnight blue to dark purple which is quite cool i must admit.
The downside is that it marks and scuff so easily due to the chalky finish, you practically only have to breath on it and it marks, honestly it's that bad! Wiping the mark only makes it worse and retouching the paint is a big no no, to retouch means painting the whole wall again!!
We must have spent the first two months playing 'don't touch the wall' which is about as easy as sticking pins in your eyes especially when your trying to move into a new house! After a few months the paint does settle and becomes 'normal', unfortunately ours now has some lovely scuff marks right in the centre of the wall and to the one side. hopefully a picture will help to disguise it.
So my experience of using dead flat matt, is to avoid touching it at all costs and is probably best used on a chimney breast or in a room you never use!
What's your experience with dead flat matt, have you used it, are there any tips you would suggest?