Have you ever stopped to take notice of how many homes are splattered with white washed walls? Maybe even your own? The living room, dining room, family room, den, three and half bathrooms, four bedrooms, and-even-ironically the mudroom. They are crisp, they are clean, they are efficient, but they can be equally boring.
I will not diagnose this dilemma as lack of imagination but rather the fear of embracing the millions of shades that surround us, both those of nature imparted origins and those generated by man (like tickle me pink!) This palette offered to us in many shades comes in the form of paint, throw pillows, area rugs, frames, lampshades, and the list goes on. Spoiler alert: Your pot of gold that mythically waits at the bottom of the rainbow is the rainbow itself. The colors that stretch across the sky after the rain can be just as beautiful in your home. The foremost bit of advice I can offer is GO FOR IT!
Every color has a story. Every color signifies something much more than its respective place in the crayon box. We frequently adopt colors as part of our personality dossier and from an early age our new classmate verbal interrogation begins with, “What’s your favorite color?” Over the years our tastes mature, expand, change until we find perfection in the colors that speak most vividly to us. But only you can know what color means to you.
Red is symbolic to intense emotions. Emotions of love, energy, desire, power, danger and strength. It is derived from blood and fire yet the differentiating shades depict another story. Light red can represent joy while pink speaks of romance and friendship. Brown denotes masculine qualities and reddish brown is the color of harvest and fall.
Orange is a combination of red and yellow and therefore borrows the energetic vibe from red and happiness from yellow. Orange is a color that embodies heat, enthusiasm, creativity, determination, encouragement and stimulation. Its counterpart gold arouses prestige and high quality.