Not intending to make any of you jealous, I have to share that, it’s been so sunny around here today, and for quite a few days back, too.
ELLE DECOR Magazine has a monthly article “SHORTLIST” which features a quick update on a celebrity, and then lists 12 Things they (supposedly) can’t live without. My list would, for sure, have Sunny Days and Color on it … and probably close to the top!
Is there anyone out there, that isn’t energized and more positive on a bright, sunny day? That’s not unusual. Bright, beautiful colors have a similar affect on me. A classic room, a beautiful fabric, a big, bold painting. Just thinking about color makes my eyes light up and I sigh with pleasure! See if you’ll have as much fun as I did OVER HERE!
Spring is coming and that in itself says color; with early blossoms and
with seasonal decor and just brightening things up to phase out those winter blahs.
Colors cause definite physical reactions for many people, including both Dugger and I. Our former Princeton home was a multi-level. The lowest area had two separate wall areas, because of a ledge around the entire space, so we chose two colors (blue-green tones) for the builders to paint. The colors were very nice … most everyone said so. But the area was never comfortable to us. It literally felt COLD and unwelcoming; not good for a family room, right!? So we (I) repainted the entire area, again in bluish-green hues, but in warmer tones. Some people just thought we were nuts. A new house, freshly painted, why bother with all the extra cost and work? It looked fine … BUT NOT TO US. It didn’t feel right. Afterwards, it became one of our favorite and most used parts of the home.
We both are very happy with the color used in our recent kitchen cabinet project. So much so that we’ve decided to take it throughout the house, and change out all of our builder basic, orange oak woodwork.
No decision yet, if we’ll add extra trim details on all of our flat panel doors … as Hubs did on the inside of our bathroom door last year.
Concerning lists, topping our primary “to do” sheet is an update for the master bedroom. I’ve been pouring over color shots and paint chips. Hubs and I lean towards browns, taupes and beiges, especially in our open living areas. We’re both comfortable with warm neutrals and these work great for all the changing and rearranging I do.
For inspiration AND a perk-up, I often use the IMAGES tag on-line. Wondering about green tones, here’s what I pulled up in my research using GREEN BEDROOMS. You could literally go on forever … different color rooms, two-color or multiple color rooms. A nice time filler for a boring, in between time.
Our extra areas and bedrooms are done in brighter hues. We want these smaller, individual spaces to have a more personal look and feel, and as I said, I take “feel” quite literally. My office/studio, pictured below, is a custom color, a peachy orange. Even on cloudy days, the room is cheery. It makes me smile every time I look in there.
More on the office/studio and a PROJECT HERE.
If you’re not tired of internet articles yet, try one more here. REAL SIMPLE TIPS
We’re tackling that master bedroom very soon, so follow along for all the updates. In the meantime, don’t stress about your project, just get it started and see where it goes!
Later – Cheryl
To me, it is so important to surround yourself with colors that make you feel happy! It’s funny, for me I can’t stand having a dark house…I need it to be light filled…but on the other hand, I am happier on cloudy, even rainy or snowy days lol. I guess that’s why there are so many colors and decors…something for everyone!
Exactly! Color can get you going and keep you happy, even in winter!
I love color, Cheryl. I have tried to do the white on white thing, especially since I live at the beach, but it just doesn’t feel right. I have a green bedroom, a red kitchen and in style or not, I love them!
Know what you mean. These white & off-white homes are nice and beautifully decorated … but it would drive me nuts! Oh, Happy Blog Anniversary, Kim.
Hi Cheryl, Working away on my inspiration/idea board as per your suggestion, finding things I like and finding out things I thought I liked but realized I really don’t. This post on Green Bedrooms has been a gold mine of ideas for me. Thanks for sharing it!
Welcome, Judy! SO glad you’re with us. It’ll be fun to see your progress. My email is on the info page (just click on my photo). You can send photos through there, or just reply to our original Hometalk conversations! I’m still on a color journey and doing Spring updates so will share those soon!