Monday, October 6, 2008
Joyous Tropical Colors
I have one room in my new house painted - the living room. It was a lovely mossy green but that is just not my personal color palette. I'm not sure why, but I LOVE bright, tropical colors on my walls. I figured this out in my last house, in Pittsburgh. I think I tried it there because it was fall/winter and there was snow outside *gasp!* I was longing for my warm, sunny, South Carolina home and I think the tropical colors made me feel a little bit better. Or maybe it was the Jimmy Buffett I listened to incessantly while painting... Anyway, I never did get that house decorated, but when I looked at my mango, lemon and lime walls, it made me smile. And when you find what works for you, keep doing it! So my new living room is mango.
It is bright, I can't deny, but the paint can says "Fluorescent!" Don't believe them....it's not THAT bright. I was smart enough to paint an index card with the color I had made in Pittsburgh, which the paint store was so kind to tweak until I was happy with it. The lovely folks at my neighborhood ACE store scanned it and perfectly recreated my custom mango color.
Did I mention my new house is 101 years old? There are so many beautiful details like the door knobs and key holes. I think most of the woodwork in the house is original, too. The last folks stripped it and restained it. I can't believe we were so lucky to find a home where all of that laborious work was done already. We did a lot of that in our Pittsburgh home, which was not nearly as historic or pretty and it was absolutely exhausting. I'm a bright white trim sort of girl, but this woodwork is so gorgeous there's no way I'd ever paint over it.