After much deliberation, we actually tossed a coin! I’d found a Craig & Rose 1829 paint called Chalk White
which was both true to the era & style, and also a lovely match for the marbleing within the fireplace. It was super sophisticated, and, within the Northern light in the room, a beautiful dove grey, BUT was it too cool and stylish for what is also to be a family room? We ummed and ahhed, and deliberated over more sandy colours, whittling them down to one from the Fired Earth range; so it was between the two, they were neck and neck right up the the finish style-line.
What do we go for? A paint which is warmer , comfier, easier but then dictates the room scheme and isn’t true to the fireplace, or one which perfectly matched the marble and the 30’s style but is a bit more formal and elegant.
We tossed a coin, and I must admit to punching the air when tails landed and the latter won the day: