When I was much younger, 90 percent of my wardrobe was black. I still think black is a lovely color to wear -- it's sophisticated, slimming, timeless, and easy to pair with just about anything. But I've managed to branch out. And now I recognize that I look lovely in turquoise, aqua, and a whole range of, well, blues. Hmm...
Sounds a lot like our condo.
While I am proud of myself for embracing color in our home (a blue sofa! blue leather chair and cubes! and green dining chairs, too!)... let's be honest.
I'm a color wimp.
To put it more charitably, I just like colors that are more mellow and soothing, and shy away from colors that are more (for me) stress-inducing, like reds, oranges and yellows. Fair enough. But you're also unlikely to see any saturated or bright hues in our home.
Now that we have a blank canvas in our new home, I want to try something a little brighter, or a little more saturated. Something that takes some cajones. But naturally I don't want to try anything crazy in the main areas of our house. The two best candidates: my loft office, and the attic. (I know, I know. But if they go well, maybe we'll be open to something more bold elsewhere in the house.)
Thanks to Sherwin Williams color visualizer, I got to try out a whole range of options without lifting a paintbrush.
Potential colors for the office, ranging from safe to scary:
(I would have listed the SW colors, but after comparing the on-screen results to the paint chips, the hues are actually pretty different, so I'm going based on color idea, and not actual color name.)
Okay, so that orange is so way out there for me that I laugh when I look at it. Yeah, not gonna happen. As you probably guessed from the preponderance of images, I'm leaning in the rich, jewel-tone turquoise or teal direction. I've been wanting to do something in that color family ever since seeing this stunning closet on Russet Street Reno.
Here's another use of a similarly rich blue, from Apartment Therapy, viewable on Pinterest. This one shows how delightful the rich blue would look against a white L-shaped desk, like the one I built for myself.
I first mentioned using a bold color like this for one of the closets in our condo, back before we knew for sure that we were buying a house in Truckee this year, though I was being a weenie for wanting to use bright color only in a small, hidden space. I think the turquoise is ready to come out of the closet.
As for the attic, I'd like to do something that feels very cozy, since there's no hiding the fact that it's a fairly small space, most of which has a low ceiling. You get up to the attic via a pulldown ladder, so a treehouse feel would be perfect. Or something that feels like you're sleeping under the stars. But, Mark is debating whether he wants to use the attic as his office, so demands nothing too (in his words) "depressing." (Dark apparently equals depressing.)
Some options for the attic, from safe to playful:
That last one is a little too Peewee's Playhouse, methinks, but any of the others could be great. I'd vote to go even darker, so we'll see if I get my way. I'm huge on office feng shui, though, so if Mark ends up working in the attic, he should be 100 percent happy with the wall color. Unless he wants red, of course.
Anybody else struggling with color, aspiring to go brighter but lacking the guts? Any tips for getting over the trepidation? I think I'm 99 percent of the way there, but can always use a friendly nudge!
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