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.
|pic courtesy of Ethan Allen via pinterest|
Those who believe that wallpaper can, indeed, be their friend.
|This is from Rhoda's|
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|
(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.)