Saturday, February 9, 2013

Who are we...Switzerland??

I notice that a lot of folks right now are decorating in varying tones of white.

Now, I love looking at all the pictures of your houses, blogpeeps, and there are some stand-outs among you. But lately, the ones who really stand out are the ones who are thinking outside the big white (or off-white, or greige) box.

The ones who dabble in color.

from Pinterest
Folks who paint their doors like this.

pic courtesy of Ethan Allen via pinterest
And paint their beds a snazzy color.

Those who believe that wallpaper can, indeed, be their friend.

This is from Rhoda's
Anyway, back in my first house, there was a lot of Harvest Gold.  You remember Harvest Gold, don't you?  Harvest Gold was one of those iconic colors of the late 1960s-early 1970s, along with Avocado. 

 We weren't in the house long enough to make a lot of changes, but we did change the 1970s-era carpet to one of the later trends--Wedgewood Blue...which brings me to my next house.

Our second house was a study in grayed pastels--mauve, sage green, and the aformentioned blue. 

Found this at Vintage Goodness
 All of my rooms were perfectly complemented by my Laura Ashley wardrobe.

(We sold this house while 'country' was still in style, so we lucked out.)

Our next house was beige.  Lots and lots of beige.  It probably says something about that house that I never really did anything to it.  I guess we never really felt at home there.

Our "family house" was early 1990s jewel tones when we moved in--lots of Navy and Cranberry and Jade Green.  Over the dozen or so years we were there, we went back to the future, and decorated with a lot of very saturated colors, autumnal in hue. (aka Harvest Gold and Avocado...along with Pumpkin Spice.)

I guess I believe that color helps put my stamp on a house, even if it's the wrong color.  (One time I tried what I believed would be a nice, cocoa brown that actually was reminiscent of the inside of a baby's diaper.)  Now, having a house that has a somewhat odd provenance as well as a large number of quirks, we are taking the selections in this abode slowly with some thought as to maintaining the character, not just for resale.

I hope that the fact that there are so many neutral rooms right now will be a passing trend, just like the Harvest Gold, Wedgewood Blue, and Cranberry.  Maybe in the future we will walk into a house and think "Hmmm...white and gray.  That was back in the teens.  It might be time to redecorate."

Meanwhile, some of us will use color.
(This post brought to you courtesy of the baby blue bowfront in my living room.)


Laura Janning said...

Oh that ever evolving color wheel. I love it!! I am on a quest to advocate that brighter doesn't necessarily mean whiter!
Have a great day!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What about brick lol - that was in when harvest gold ( my first fridge and stove were harvest gold ) was in.
And then everyone had ALMOND - lol
I try so hard to go with color - but my true love is black and white ( with lots of grey ) boring, I know.
Great post!

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

I couldn't agree more!!! I'm a girl who loves colour and uses it in my decor. Always have. It may be because we live with so much white outside in the winter. My home needs to feel warm, cozy, happy, and fun. And only bright colours can do that for me. Although I can see the beauty in them there will never be any grey, beige, or white rooms for me. I absolutely love that Ethan Allen bed!!!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

I once painted our dining room orange. It wasn't supposed to be quite so orange, but I felt like I was inside a pumpkin. So then I mixed the paint with equal parts of white and repainted and got the warm glow I was looking for without fearing I would step in pumpkin goo.

Art and Sand said...

You always make me laugh.

I received 3 avocado green fondue pots as wedding presents.

And, the cranberry and navy - the first home we owned was filled with it.

Actually, I guess I am just in different shade of red and blue now with my primary colors.

Love your spring banner.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

As I work to eradicate jewel tones from my home and prepare to slap some navy paint on the walls this afternoon, clearly I can never be accused of going white!

Now I'm just a bit scared of what I'll think of the board and batten white walls with navy up top in 10 years times ....?

Oh well. I thought the Pottery Barn jewel toned rug and red couch would be a keeper too! And the hunter green couch was gonna be a keeper too. The dog didn't think so, though. He shredded it to piece. Oh, and that floral and striped sleeper couch. Let's not forget THAT purchase. Green & pink to boot. What was I thinking? Damn that Laura Ashley!!!!

:) Linda

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

My Nana's places which hasn't been redone since the 60's has loads of green and avocado LOL I love colour but I like it to be on a white back drop so I can change it when I want

Andrea said...

Uh mean colors go out of style (sheepishly glances around house)

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Ah, yes, cycling out of the golds of 1999, as we speak. :) Yay for lighter and brighter and a pop of color, too.
xo Heidi

karen@somewhatquirky said...

well you know I agree with you...those rooms washed in white look awfully pretty to me, but I just don't have the discipline to do an all white room. There are too many cool colors out there.

Jean @ said...

I heard some good advice once and that was to buy your upholstered furniture in neutral tones. That way you could throw any color on them or under them and change the room up complete. I'm trying to go all neutral with the expensive stuff and color on the cheap paint and pillows. I have stainless steel appliances in my kitchen, because they were there when we bought the house, but I look at them and think they will soon be the "avocado green" we all dislike in a few years. :-)

Lisa said...

This made me smile so big! I went thru that silly "greige" Switzerland...white, white and more white stage...SILLY! I have discovered lately that I LOVE color! I am with you...add more! It makes me happy! LOL!

Marianne said...

HARVEST GOLD! My entire childhood was harvest gold! I think I blocked it all out.

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