Friday, December 3, 2010

Color Crave: The Dilemma

Somewhere along the road, I went from a girl who was desirous of a pink dining room, to a girl living in Neutral Land. It's ironic that the blue walls, which ultimately save me, are the very walls that I daydream about painting white...or light gray. To illustrate my angst with the overabundance of gray in my life, I've opted to strip the very word of the trendier spelling - grey - that I used to employ. I showed you, GRAY!


Very recently I woke up bleary-eyed from my beige-induced stupor and realized that I miss color. I crave it. It makes me happy.

I think it may have started with this.


Of course, as these things normally go, I didn't come to this epiphany until after I painted the old armoire black, and yes, I did so nearly two years ago, but it feels like yesterday and that's what matters.


I am thankful for my home and I truly do love most everything in it. It's got a look, that's for sure. I'm just not sure that the look reflects me - at least not at this stage of the game.

And perhaps it is true that I am currently wearing 1) blue jeans 2) gray tank top 3) black sweater, but I feel that this is really here nor there. ;)

The point is, I'm on mission to spice things up. I'm not buying anything new or researching paint swatches. I'm simply choosing to focus on the happy in a different sort of way.

I'm on a full-on color hunt. It's gotta be around here, somewhere.


This is a start, but I think I can do even better.

Stay tuned...

51 comments:

  1. I'm eager to see! I'm a color person, myself, but your neutral house looks pretty gorgeous to me. Looking forward to the inspiration.

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  2. Maybe all of the color fled to your blog. =) I love the layout and beautiful pictures. But even without tons of color I think your living room is beautiful as well. Since I see the blog I think of you as full of color. Just saying. =)

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  3. oooh, I love color too! I also love the look of neutrals though, so I'm thoroughly torn.

    :) I can't wait to move so we can really make our home what we want!!

    We DO have the same couch, by golly!

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  4. I love the mallets! I am very safe when it comes to color, too. I branched out of my box a month ago and bought Fiestaware in six colors. I love them!

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  5. i shudder to think how a vase full of wooden mallets would be used in my house. shudder.

    (but they are adorable.)

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  6. Oh...I can not wait to join you on this journey. As you have probably seen...I am the princess of neutral. :)

    Cheers~
    e

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  7. This makes me laugh. I have a bed in my garage right now that I fully intend to paint RED. And some of my first thoughts were of how this would make you shudder. But we live in a very beige home with very beige walls and the Bug needs some SPICE in her big girl bedroom. Anyway, good to know that perhaps my red bed won't permanently damage our friendship. ;) In fact, I'll even let you have any left over paint.

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  8. I totally understand your dilemma! I love color too yet yearn for the neutral when the chaos of life gets to me...you know...screaming kids, COLORFUL toys everywhere, crafts bits on every conceivable surface. But your house is SO beautiful. I love the fun personality of all the details. And I like neutral walls and furniture and punch it up with accessories because I am FICKLE. I am no expert but I have found that works for me. And my couch and chair are grey...ahem...gray. :)

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  9. I like your house! But the thing about adding color to neutral backgrounds is that when you need to plain-ness and the calm of no color, then you can subtract it again. I'm all for neutral backgrounds...they work hard to make what you put in the room stand out!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  10. I can't wait to see what you do. I do the same thing...when things get too neutral I crave color.

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  11. The croquet things make me happy. I'm glad you wanted them and could use them! I think you need some red. Some 'colah' - pops of it - nothing major - cause knowing you - you would obsess over it being too much. This could possibly be the most boring comment I've ever left on a blog. Amen.

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  12. and another thing - I'm enjoying my blog break - but do feel a tad disconnected - ergo the question - "I blog, therefore I am - or I am, therefore I blog?" Ponder that FPFG. Ponder that.

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  13. love my greys too.....SO that i can add pops of color! have fun:) oh, and i never told you how cute your new blog layout is...love it!

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  14. I tend to have colour in things I can change easily - without the need for paint strippers or ladders! Bxx

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  15. Yes, Yes, Yes! You know how this junkin girl feels about color. Color that is muted and worn down with time, that is the best. I find these colors in vintage school maps. Yes! Ok enough said. Can't wait to see.
    ~G~

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  16. Oh what a fun post! DO show us more!

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  17. Design is such a fickle thing that way. I think if you have the love of design, then you are never going to be "happy" with one look for any period of time. I spend so much time getting everything just how I want it and then a few months later, I am itching for something new. Now I have basically two sets of everything: all white and bright colors and I mix and match as I get the urge. I am looking forward to seeing what you do!

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  18. I am currently undergoing the same process. I also bought some bright, fun artwork, but I need to the neutral backdrop to enjoy it all. So difficult to figure out what to do. What colour should I paint my wood chairs? That is a difficult life question.
    Dana

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  19. Can't wait to see how you bring out some color - although personally your home is gorgeous as it is.

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  20. You could always opt for color-shaded glasses ;-) Seriously, change out your all hangings, find a picture (gasp! one that perhaps is in your digital camera) and splash color on the wall that way. Pillows and throws are fun too. You will laugh at me for telling you this when I post about my newly painted sun room, a nice creamy beige, but I DO plan on adding A LOT of color in the ways I mentioned above. BTW I LOVE purple with greys! ;-)

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  21. yeah, what they said in all the comments above :)

    color/neutrals.... bi-polar decorating at its finest!

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  22. I love me some great color punches as well!

    We have a pretty neutral base for furniture so that I can change out the colors on pillow and extras as the mood strikes.

    I love that you're on the hunt for what you already have - can't wait to see what you uncover!

    Cheers!
    ~h

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  23. i went from a very neutral, beigey home to 12 colors of paint on the walls in this house. yes, 12! it was a huge step out of what i would normally have chosen for me, but for the look i wanted, i had to do it... i am so glad i did:)

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  24. Hey our living rooms have similar color schemes. :)

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  25. the croquet "flowers" is such a great idea. i love how they look in the vase!!

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  26. Oh lady color is my best girlfriend! I am the opposite of you, my walls are all bright colors and my favorite curtains then all my big furniture is neutral - lots of greys actually which I love. I collect old funky stuff so it's mainly industrial and rusty metals too - oh dear my house sounds so kid friend!! Easy switchups come in throws and throw pillows - find some old sweaters at a thrift store for cheap and stitch up some new throw pillows by hand - super easy and cute for the winter :) I do love your house though, everything you show is cute cute and cozy!

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  27. Sure looks good to me...I know you hear this alot but I do love your blog...Toni

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  28. Do it girl...go get you some color! ;) Really though, I think your home is BEAUTIFUL just like it is!

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  29. Funny how our taste changes from time to time, keeps life interesting!
    Tracey

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  30. welcome to the other side ;)
    I think your house looks fab but I know the need for change in different stages of life. You can do it on the cheap. That's how I always roll!

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  31. Love your beautiful home. I know you'll come up with the color in lots of fun ways!

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  32. Sort of my life, without the gray/grey. I just can't embrace grey for some reason. Love the vintage croquet set, but did you super glue it down? I know you have 3 cute kids and I know what mine would have done to that vase when they were their ages ;) Or even at their current ages hehe.

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  33. I've been craving color too. There's a whole trendy white/beige/gray thing still happening, but I figure it's a lot like the skinny jean. Eventually it will run it's course and we'll all get back to good old bootcuts. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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  34. A bouquette of crochette mallets?! Genious! Pretty and rhymey. Doesn't get much better! Happy color hunting.

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  35. Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway...I jumped right on! I have never thought of your house as being void of color Shan, especially during the spring and summer with all your flowers.

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  36. I'm wondering ... do you like neutrals better in the summer ? Do you prefer the brights when the days are shorter and darker ? I know I do that! ~ Christie

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  37. Neutrals look so clean and crisp. But there's something about color that just makes my heart happy :)

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  38. This was a great post! I am not a beige girl either. I am still that girl that wants pink. In our new home I started thinking I wanted whites and soft pinks and pastels. I have been adding hot pink . I am hoping it is a happy and cozy place to be when I am done!
    I can't wait to see what you come up with for us to see!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  39. So glad you are coming over to the other side! If you want to see happy come see me...it's like an easter egg basket at my house. But in a very tactful way;)

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  40. What is with these early in the day posts, Farmgirl? I'm a creature of habit, and you're messing with me.
    I actually think color when I think of your house...your desk/table, your island, awesome enamel pieces that I can't remember the specifics on, but I know you have awesome enameled pieces. I'm sure of it.
    Your style is the Bee's Knees, and I want to copy it all....starting with the bouquet of croquet mallets.

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  41. Have you considered a kelly green Notre Dame theme?

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  42. I like I am a little like that too... I strip the color, then I want it... I have color... I want the neutrals. There has to be a happy medium, right?

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  43. I meant, I think I am a little like that...

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  44. I've always loved a lot of neutral with SOME color added. I love those door plates hung on your wall!

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  45. I was just talking about this the other day except it was about my clothes and not my house. I think I wear grey waaayyy too much ;)

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  46. K, first of all, I LOVE that display of croquet bats in the big glass vase! Genius.
    Next, my middle name is Gray, with an A. I humbly think of it as the 'right' way to spell it, like colour with the U. Microsoft Word can underline it in red all it wants, that's just the way I'm going to spell it. Apparently I'm related to Lady Jane Gray, aka, the nine days queen of England.
    Enjoy your quest for colour in your life and in your home this Christmas.

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  47. I've had colorful and I've done neutral, and now I love neutral with little punches of happy color here and there. So much easier to change out throws and pillows than big pieces of colorful furniture, or red walls. And fun to switch out per season.

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  48. I'm a neutral gal, my hub is a color fan. Living in military housing and knowing we'd be moving in just about a year....we opted not to paint walls. Instead we have colored drapes and bedding in the spare room, a red rug and couch and tons of colored throws/pillows in the living room. Red was always the color I most disliked and now I love it.....I don't know what has happened in the last few years!

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  49. Can;t wait!! Color is so fun when other people do it well. I am just a big wimp!

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  50. I also waffle between those two camps: color and neutral. My husband is so patient. We got Fiestaware for our wedding. Then I started seeing white white white dishes all over the Internet, and I wanted to buy all white dishes. I didn't...I probably won't...Aaron is always telling me to use what I like and not copy off other people's pictures. Do I like color or neutral? UM...can I answer BOTH?

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  51. Well, the good news is that all your white, gray, beige and black are a good drop for lots of pops of color!

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