After 4 years of living in this house, I think I’m finally beginning to figure out what color combinations make me happiest in my home. This may sound like a small victory, but to me it’s a huge leap! You see, I’ve made my fair share of decorating missteps over the years – not necessarily mistakes (although I’ve made those, too) but choices that just didn’t make me love a particular space.
When we first renovated our house I had to make decisions about paint colors for the entire house in just a few days. My mom can attest that this was ridiculously stressful for me and resulted in a number of minor meltdowns. Ridiculous, I know. :) Anyway, after testing a jillion paint swatches I had about half of our house painted a pale blue – the laundry room, two bathrooms, and a bedroom.
It is a beautiful color (the one at the top), but I’ve never been able to make it work in my home. It just doesn’t sing to me, and any attempts I’ve made to work with that wall color have fallen flat.
However, there’s a room in our house that does work for me – our den.
I love it, and by analyzing what I like about the den I’ve been able to figure out why the pale blue paint isn’t working for me – it doesn’t fit into my favorite design combination!
Yesss, that’s the stuff!
I feel a little better about the pale blue I originally picked, though – it turns out that I just didn’t go bold enough! Further down the same paint swatch are Brigade and Shimmering Sea, two shades that would have fit right into my favorite combination. I actually painted our powder room a similar shade awhile back and I really love it.
I’m hoping that keeping this combination in mind can keep me from buying / painting random things in the future that just won’t work. What about you – have you figured out what combination floats your boat, or are you still struggling to figure it out like I was until about 5 minutes ago?