It flopped almost from the get go. When we bought the house, I took one look at the kitchen cabinets and knew I would paint them. White. Well, one thing led to another, and I ended up with very deep chocolate brown maple cabinetry--the polar opposite of white-- and I love them.
My living room started out neutral enough. I had an old white Ikea Klippan loveseat standing in for awhile. I had my black and white chair. I had my vintage slipper chair reupholstered in taupe linen.
Then ... well I couldn't walk away from this lovely...like a tall glass of green limeaid....my new sofa and chair from Lazyboy. I did have some buyers remorse at first. I thought I'd made a mistake, because I realized after it was delivered, that my neutral scheme was gone gone gone! But after living with it now, 4 months or so, I love it and am looking at more possibilities for color.
|Here you see I couldn't help myself adding in green...|
|the Green Hornet arrives....|
|My original color scheme|
I learned one thing: It's easy to love a picture of a room, but less easy to live in it. This rooms we swoon over have to be lived in, eaten in, host parties, and most of all, they need to provide some sense of the people living there. That vase my aunt left me? Its not white. The painting I bought because it reminded me of my honeymoon? Not white. Most of my art pottery collection? Not white.That antique desk I have lugged to twenty-odd apartments, rented homes, and 3 states? Not white. Never to be white. I have accepted that most of the material things I love are just not white.
An epiphany: I need color! Crave it! Flavor! Something to make my eyes happy.
I am now working on a new color-story: Lime green, plum accents, touch of gray, mustard, ivory and chocolate brown. Maybe some ice blue. But the walls (most of them anyway) are staying white. For now.
|From The Lennox website|
Here are some great color resource blogs I found:
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