Our home is our haven, our nest, our fortress, our foxhole… And though paint colors and decor may not matter much in the long run, I believe that they can contribute to bringing peace into your home.
And who wouldn’t want that?
That’s why I did an entire series last summer on DIY painting. A wall color sets the mood for a space, and I know I want to be in a good mood. Don’t you?
So I’m pleased to say that after over a year and a half in our current home, I’ve found a color I LOVE in my office. The office poses a few tricky features:
- it’s really a former parlor, and acts as a pass through from the entry to the kitchen (translation: LOTS of traffic and visible from many rooms)
- it’s paneled
- it has two good windows and lots of white molding (bookshelves, doors, and a fireplace), but it doesn’t actually receive much direct sunlight because it’s on the north side of the house
- I’ve filled my bookcases with gorgeous, old books, complete with rich, warm, tattered leather covers and gold filagree… but I’m really drawn to cool colors instinctively
Those features caused me to choose a warm, dark, golden color when we first moved in. Did it complement the greige we have on the rest of the main floor? Yes. Did it contrast enough to set off the paneling in that room? Yes. Did it bring out the beautiful warm tones of the old, leather-bound books and the antique brass chandelier? Absolutely.
Did I love it? No.
(If you have a good eye, you’ll see that we’ve also done some work on the bookshelves… more on that to come next week.)
It was fine. just fine. NOT great. When I chose the color, I knew, “I don’t really like this color. I would never pick it out of a line up as a color that makes me happy… I just think it coordinates well with everything else in the room.” Not a winner. But this…
I love the juxtaposition of the cool, crisp walls and the rustic red box. It’s pretty gorgeous with my new cowhide (my Christmas present from Mr. Pax!) and my vintage file cabinet, too, isn’t it? I even like how it balances with the antique chandelier…
And the old books.
In my choosing color post of my DIY painting series, I suggested looking to your closet for colors you love. I wish I’d done that originally. Best part, though? It only took one afternoon and a $25 can of paint. Yay for transformation.