I'd been pining for white walls since we moved into our flat at the end of March! I found the cream and maroon colour combo in the sitting room a little hard to take and the purple and grey floral wallpaper in the hall was oppressive to say the least! I just love the purity and simplicity of white walls and the fact that they act as a base that you can jazz up with different colours. Unfortunately, Alessandro doesn't share my view and so we were at loggerheads about it! He said that he finds white a bit clinical and prefers warmer colours that have a cosier feel. I could see his point but I had my heart set on redecorating! I have to admit that I did go on at him a bit but he chivalrously gave in and so I spent the weekend up a ladder with a paintbrush and roller!
- to pine for (phrasal verb)
To want something very much (it can also mean to miss someone and want to be with them)
- maroon (adj.)
A dark red colour
- colour combo (noun - slang)
- hard to take (phrase)
Difficult to accept
- oppressive (adj.)
An oppressive colour is too strong and overwhelming.
- to say the least (phrase)
Used for saying that you are not exaggerating and could say something in a stronger way.
- to jazz up (phrasal verb)
To make something more interesting or exciting
- at loggerheads (phrase)
A situation in which people have very different opinions.
- clinical (adj.)
Cold and lacking emotion
- to have your heart set on smth (phrase)
To really want something
- to go on at someone (phrase)
To continue asking or telling someone something
- chivalrously (adverb)
If a man is chivalrous he behaves in a way that is kind and polite, showing respect to women.
- to give in (phrasal verb)
To agree to something
- a roller (noun)
A cylinder attached to a handle that you use to apply paint.