A friend once said, ‘I see you’ve coordinated with the dog!’ as she looked around one of my then newly decorated rooms. Little did I know that on a subconscious level the warm tone of Monty’s coat had been the source of my chosen colour palette.
Interestingly, there may be a strong truth that lies behind this once innocent comment. Perhaps we are all inspired by the things we adore and, for me, Monty was certainly up there. For more than twelve years he showed me what a joy it is to share your life with a Weimeraner.
This warm shade of taupe, is now a very popular choice for neutrals in the home. It was to become my inspiration long before seeing it on a paint chart. He was a little bundle of joy we selected from a litter of puppies, and whose lustrous coat happened to colour my taste in décor.
Faced with the impossible task of selecting only one from so many little gorgeous faces, we had to find a defining feature that separated the puppies from each other. We wanted it to be a deeper choice than simply deciding on a boy or a girl. And then we spotted him—the pup with no markings and whose coat was one solid colour all over. He looked us in the eye and we whisked him off to a new life.
Over the years, Monty became synonymous with my style of interiors, his sumptuous colour penetrating my psyche without my knowledge. To this day, the phrase ‘Monty Colour’ falls from friends lips when they comment on my use of taupe colours.
So Monty lives on through those who have followed; Ruby, Theo and our most recent addition, Skye. The palette is growing in varying shades as no two Weimeraners are the same colour, but the complimentary shades can be likened to the colour scales embraced by many of the leading paint companies, such as Little Green, Paint Library and Marston and Langinger to name but a few.
No matter what you call this taupe palette choice, for me it will always invoke the love and calmness I affectionately call ‘The Monty effect’.