Color CodePosted: July 1, 2011
One of the fun but pressure filled things about getting das Haus ready for our move in is painting it. Our other projects are bigger: putting in a deck, replacing the heat system (how the heck do you live without heat upstairs?), even plastering over the gaudy peach stucco in the living room (actually the first thing we got done!)…seriously, what is this, Florida? But painting is a way of claiming space.
It’s also really hard. Not the labor part, because we’re hiring someone to do that. Huzzah! But the color picking part.
So first of all, when we were house hunting, I fell in love with this blue dining room in a house that we otherwise didn’t want.
But then, not one, but two trusted friends independently tell me that blue curbs appetite, so I shouldn’t have a blue dining room.
And the red accent wall I was considering for the bedroom? All wrong, I am told. Red makes you hungry (which is why everyone and their mother has a red dining room, a lovely look, true, but I wanted something different).
Then there’s the living room. We don’t want to buy a new couch because a) we’re too poor after Haus buying b) it seems wasteful and environmentally unfriendly and totally out of tune with my new obsession with reclaimed furniture and c) that big beige couch may not be so attractive, but man, is it comfortable (those of you who’ve sat/slept/passed out on it know just what I mean). But because the couch is beige, I’ve decided the room has to be a color. I had fantasies of a purple, green and grey room, which are now dashed because grey walls and a beige couch sound horrible. But the purple and green can stay. So the room will be green. Our old living room in JP was green, a far brighter green than we had intended, in fact, but because we painted ourselves and it took days and was exhausting, we decided to embrace it.
This time, I test drove EIGHT greens before deciding: Asparagus, Spring Meadow, Spring Valley, Tea Light, Sagely, Guilford Green, Mellowed Ivory and Saybrook Sage. (I wish naming paint colors were my job, btw.And I find the names greatly influence my opinion of the color because I am far more language oriented than visual). Several looked dangerously close to seafoam once they were up on the wall, which again conjured my fear of looking like old Floridians. One was painfully bright, and two were too dark. So it appears that Guilford Green is the winner–a sort of light sagey, yellowy, grey green. And the dining room, which has to match the living room because you look through an arch from one to the other, will be Lost Atlantis, which is a dark, purplish blue. The effect of the two together should be sort of hydrangeaish.
So that’s two rooms down. Anyone have favorite paint colors for a baby room? Our bedroom? A favorite yellow for the kitchen? Because if there’s one thing I’m sure of, a kitchen should be yellow, even if you tell me yellow will do something funky, like make people horny.
Because I don’t see what’s wrong with a house where people are uninterested in food in the dining room, horny in the kitchen, and hungry in the bedroom. Sounds like home to me.