After living in my place for nearly two years, I’m ready to take the next step of commitment – paint the walls something other than insipid off-white. A few visits to paint stores, fistfuls of color palettes… and I’m nearly paralyzed with the choices. I think I can figure out what the main color is that I like mood-wise; I bought some samplers and painted sample swatches on the walls. But what about accent colors? Will it go with the furniture? Is it “right?”
Is it “right?”
Am I the only one who occasionally has a collision between gut preference and a little voice that worries about “getting it right?” I have virtually no formal training in color theory or color arts (even my original photographic work was almost exclusively in black and white). I rarely stain my wood projects, prefering to use nature’s palette. And (*blush*) I was one of those kids whose mothers picked out matching clothes to wear to school. I never really learned what colors went with what. I still get cold sweats when going clothes shopping.
And yet, there are clearly some colors I’m drawn to right now. Something in the earthy brick/terra cotta genre. It’s homey and soothing. (But will it go with the dining set? Is it too dark? Will someone laugh because I picked what was supposed to be an accent color as my wall color?) I might paint the kitchen a brighter color, something in the golden yellows (will it go with the dining room?)
This is crazy. There are plenty of web sites that will show you pre-defined color palettes – most of the major paint companies in the U.S. have them. It’s the interior decorating version of having my Mom choose my clothes for me. Doesn’t help that I haven’t seen many where my favorite, deep color is the primary wall color…
I’m going to treat this as an exercise in trusting my preference. Sitting with that conflict between what I respond to aethetically and that demonic Greek chorus that’s enumerating all the ways I can screw this up. Maybe I’ll learn something about deeper feears by listening to the individual voices in the chorus.
(Yawn) I’m close to the right color. When I’m out tomorrow I may pick up another sampler or two, just to home in on the right shade. The good news is that by painting splotches on my wall, I’ve more or less committed to a paint job. 😉