Saturday, August 28, 2010
Yesterday I stopped into the Miller Paint store and picked up some paint color samples to bring home. Aren't they pretty? I love paint swatches. I love choosing colors to paint with, colors for quilts, for artwork. The strips, above, are Millers' regular paints. The individual swatch is from the Devine Color line, a thicker, supposedly superior grade of paint. The regular Miller paint is very good, in my opinion. My favorite brand to use.
The color is for our little entry area. I originally painted it quite a dark teal blue, actually the same color the entry in our old house was. I loved the color, but it is too dark in the new house, where there is no natural light in that area and only a small wall fixture to light it at all. The fact that there is also a big scratch in the paint there is yet another reason to repaint the area.
blue/green/turquoise/gray that I love.
I have some friends that are repainting the outside of their house and have been stewing on the colors for more than a month. At one point I was called in as a consultant and I prepared several possible color schemes that I thought would work nicely with the brick part of their house, which is a given. My suggestions didn't speak to them. It is the husband, especially, who is having the hardest time making a decision about the color. Many years ago I had a job in interior design and put together whole house color schemes, inside and out. For me it was great fun and really creatively rewarding. But I see that it is not that enjoyable for a lot of people. I used to teach color classes to quiltmakers and met women who agonized over choosing fabrics for a quilt. I think it is that thing of practice. And confidence. I make color decisions nearly every day . I think when you only choose a house paint color every 20 years or so, it doesn't come easily.
I drove by our friends' house a couple days ago. He had started painting a nice creamy, golden color and seemed quite pleased. Can't wait to see the finished job. I just love that feeling of newness that a change in color around the house gives you. And I am probably weird, but I love the smell of fresh paint.