Monday, September 16, 2013

Colors

by Cathryn Parry

In my home, we’ve been sprucing up the bathrooms, kitchen and front entry.  Not renovating, just doing necessary repairs we’ve been avoiding, like fixing leaking plumbing and sanding peeling paint.

But…the fun part of all this work has been that I get to choose new paint colors!

When we first moved into our condo, years ago, all of the walls, trim and ceiling were painted off-white.  For several reasons, we kept them that way.  I didn’t like those walls—I found myself hungering for splashes of color.  Then one year, as a birthday present to myself, I painted an alcove of my home office a bright, harvest-moon orange. 

What a great color—and what a change it made in my mood!  Orange is the color for creativity (associated with the second chakra), and I do feel creative every time I sit down to my computer and face that alcove.

With that in mind, I’d like to extend the power of “color” into more of my living spaces.

The current project: the bathroom walls near a great soaking tub, one of my favorite places in the home.   It’s a retreat, a space with a calming beach/ocean theme.  The new paint will be a pale, misty sea green.  I’ve been living with the color sample on the wall, and I think this one will be a “go.”  The emotions it seems to bring out are calm, peace, healing.   Perfect for the soaking tub.

We’ve also been thinking ahead to the entryway, and so far, I’m envisioning a deep, rich forest green, a color that reminds me of the joy I find in nature.  A “welcoming” feeling, sort of like entering a woodland path.

Hottie baseball pitcher hero romanceWhat about you—does color affect your moods?  What paint colors do you enjoy in your home?  And if you enjoy painting projects, any particular tips you’d like to share will be much appreciated.
I have a book to give away--any one from my backlist--and I'll choose a winner at random from the comments posted.  Thanks for reading!
 
Cathryn Parry is the winner of the 2013 Bookseller’s Best Award for her Harlequin Superromance, The Long Way Home.  She lives in New England with her husband and neighbor's cat, Otis.   Her website is www.CathrynParry.com.

15 comments:

Colleen C. said...

When I painted my bedroom, I chose a wonderful forest green... I decided to paint two of the walls with it and left the other two white... love the contrast. Most of the house is white with color accents in the shades, blinds and furniture.

Jennifer Lohmann said...

I love the *idea* of new paint, but I always hate the colors I choose. My office is an avocado green and that's the only color I've been happy with so far. I'm about to paint my living room for (cough, cough) third time.

mary sullivan said...

Cathryn, all of your color choices sound excellent. I didn't know orange was the color of creativity! So great to know.

In one of my houses, where I lived about ten years ago, I painted all of my living and dining room walls a pale yellow and then ragged off a deep mustard yellow glaze over top. In the can, the glaze looked absolutely disgusting, like old dried-out mustard, and I thought I'd made a terrible, terrible mistake, but I soldiered on and the end result was stunning.

When the sun shone through the dining room window in the evening, it was liking sitting in the Mediterranean, warm, sunny, welcoming and lovely.

You are so smart to bring color into your condo! Good luck with your paint selections!

Laney4 said...

We have lived here 30 years now and only paint when "needed". My daughter moved out at the end of August, so now is the time to re-do her room into a guest room/sewing room. (She had painted all the walls and ceiling a very very very dark blue a decade ago, and that REALLY must go. I knew it made her happy so went along with it for her, but now I am eager to cover that up ASAP.)
Today we went wallpaper hunting and I brought home some burlap wallpaper samples to choose a brownish/orangish/goldish tone that would go with our hardwoods. (The wallpapers made in Italy don't show seams!)
The rest of our house is basically off-white, but I like the calming feel of the brownish tones. I have wicker accents that I'd like to display with it too, but haven't decided on a paint colour yet. I'm leaning toward a peachy colour and in fact am heading to the store in a few minutes to bring home paint chips.
To further answer your questions, I enjoy hunter green accents in my living room; since my husband wouldn't allow hunter green walls years ago, I had to make the accents that colour instead. My office has two white walls, with the other walls having peach flowers on a white background for wallpaper, which continues to make me happy 25+ years now.
Whatever you choose to do, don't forget you can get colour from the accents, and they are easier to replace than re-painting down the road!

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Colleen! I think I'm going to be using that plan, too (leaving some walls white with color on the others). Too much color might be overwhelming!

Cathryn Parry said...

Jennifer, choosing the colors isn't easy, is it? My husband was just reminding me that the last time we painted, I needed to look at the swatch on the wall for a few days before deciding that I liked it. Good luck with your living room!

Cathryn Parry said...

Mary, that wall sounds stunning--it's too bad you couldn't pick it up and take it with you when you moved! And what a great idea to try the glaze. I need to look into that...

linda s said...

I can't paint anymore. I am terrible at choosing colors. I tend to choose off whites with just a hint of color. Your colors sound glamerous

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Laney! Wow, that is interesting about the wallpaper in Italy not showing seams. We had papered a small space that now, unfortunately, needs to come down, but I really would love to paper it again.

And that is SO true about the accents! Thanks!

Cathryn Parry said...

Hi Linda! It is hard to choose colors. I've seen some beautiful off-white shades, especially when they're put together in contrast. Hope you have a great week! :-)

Mary Preston said...

Colors don't really affect my moods. I have a fairly small house, so the entire insides are painted the same. I have soft blue/green walls, teal picture rails & then above the picture rails, the ceilings & trim are all white. It suits the house & me. (Maybe I am affected after all.)

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

I painted every room in my house white and then used color for the furniture and decorations. I love cool colors the best.

CrystalGB said...

I think colors do affect my mood. Soothing colors make me feel peaceful. I like harvest colors (orange, tans, browns, yellows) and beach colors (blues, greens,) the most.
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Jo's Daughter said...

I keep things naturel, cream, beige, sand, bit of brown. The color comes from my accesories, quilts, cushions, vases... And more. Which I change as the seasons change.

Cathryn Parry said...

I just had dh choose a name out of the hat...congratulations, CrystalGB!

Thank you, everyone, for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend!

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