Have you guys noticed that the design world is focused on color right now? I guess it is the changing seasons. The covers of HGTV magazine, Country Living, and Better Homes and Gardens all had stories on color. My favorite podcast (in case you couldn’t tell) 😉 Young House Love Has a Podcast, even had one of my favorite bloggers, Cassie from Hi Sugarplum, on this week to talk about her fearless use of color. She has killed it in her past One Room Challenges and her rooms have always been listed as favorites by House Beautiful.
I don’t know if my decorating style would be described as fearless, but I’ve always been unafraid of the use of color in my home. In fact, for a long time-years- I resisted white walls because I just loved color so much. In our last home, the walls on our main level, which was open concept, were at least 5 different colors, maybe even 6, in the 10 years that we lived there. At one point, I painted everything khaki because I thought that was what I was “supposed” to do (too much HGTV watching). I don’t think I’ve ever been so miserable in my home. Those khaki walls just brought me down (don’t get me wrong, khaki walls can be a gorgeous in a room- but it’s just not me). A few months later, when I painted over them with robin’s egg blue, no lie- I might have shed a tear of relief and happiness.
I tend to have these reactions to color a lot. I remember painting our master bedroom in our first home together a light, sunshiny yellow. It was such a happy color, and put a smile on my face every day. When I went to work the next day, and we were doing the usual what-did-you-do-this-weekend conversations, I told everyone about painting the room and how happy the color made me. I still remember the looks on their faces (the looks I still get now sometimes when I talk about design!)…someone said, “I’ve never had a color make me happy before”.
Doesn’t that just seem so sad? When we are surrounded by beautiful colors, every day?
It’s not just color in rooms that I react to. I have a beautiful turquoise and fuchsia scarf from Stella and Dot that brightens my mood whenever I wear it. Some pink beads given to me by my mother-in-law- the pink is just that perfect shade of pink, youthful and fun without being little girl. The shade of our knock-out roses, which is somehow perfectly both hot pink and red at the same time (if I could find a nail polish that color!). They all give me a little lift, purely based on their color.
It seems like the world (you know, mother nature and major magazine publishers) is telling us that NOW is the time to try color! Are you inspired to try color this season?