Did I ever mention how passionately I hate the paint color in my house? When we moved in, I had picked out a bolder color (gold) but was immediately intimidated by the chorus of horror I received from family and friends. I settled on a beige, and I knew the second it went up that I would count down the days until I could paint it again. It’s drab, lifeless, and dull. The reason I haven’t painted it is simple: I can’t find a color I love.
On top of it all, we keep buying houses with poor natural light. Great when you live near the desert and have high cooling bills, not so great when you are trying to take pictures of your home (and now you know why I rarely post pictures.) I thought that since my house was so dark, I had to stick with the lighter paint colors I don’t love. Wrong! Now I know why I am so disgruntled with my living room color (aside from the fact it’s Knit Knot Beige). I’ve been picking light colors thinking it would brighten the space, when the opposite is true!
At least that is what Maria Killam of Colour Me Happy is telling me in this fascinating post on paint color selection. This explains why my cave of a kitchen came to life when I painted it almost black a couple of weeks ago. Oh yes, I did. It was during the Red Sharpie of Death incident, so it was all very appropriate.
I feel like someone just dropped a fan deck of paint chips in my lap. Now I just need to decide on a color…
p.s. Special thanks to reader Nichole and Annie of Bossy Color Blog. Nichole referred me to Annie in the comments of this post, and Annie turned around and left a link to Colour Me Happy, which is how I found the post on painting dark rooms.