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Monday, October 30, 2006

A friend brought his camera.


People often come in, look around and ask me if I'll help them choose colors for their houses. I absolutely would, but when they get home they come to their senses. I've probably heard that a couple dozen times, and no one has ever followed through.














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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love homes with colors. It makes it warm, and comfortable. Nothing worse than a biege home. I'll have to look into flying you over to do mine, once I get a condo!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Noel said...

The doors look like they bend. Is this effect due to the painting? If so, that's pretty cool.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous justus said...

I hate white walls. Being able to have color was actually one of the main reasons I bought my house. But you're right, most people are terrified of color. Sissies.

I went with an Empire theme for my dining room with deep red walls and a lighter, pinkish ceiling. The walls are covered with prints of British painters from the same era -- Turner, Constable, Blake, etc. The halls are the same color.

I've painted a few other rooms but I've discovered two things: I hate painting and I'm not very good at it.

That and I have that damned popcorn ceiling bullshit that I want to get rid.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the way that Megan's house is painted. However, I had to ask when I saw it is person... The wood was all painted white when she moved in. *whew*

While I hate white walls, all wood molding/paneling (kitchen cabinets excepted) in a craftsman home should be finished not painted. If you're changing the color, that's ok, but painting finished wood should be a crime.

Megan's home is warm and inviting, and she achieved that much more easily than stripping alot of wood. :)

Cheers,
Tim.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reminds me of something out of Dr. Seuss

Justin

10:00 AM  
Blogger Pandax said...

Wow! That's really cool. I don't have that kind of creativity. So glad you shared some photos.

I'm with Tim about the wood finish. Everything else is fair game. I haven't painted because I'm too lazy to move the furniture and scared of splattering.

11:34 AM  
Blogger SydneyDawn said...

It's definitely interesting. I think I'm more of a beige gal though.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bright and pretty-- though I'm with Justus in not being fond of painting. A door at a time would probably be much more reasonable than rooms/the house... but just making a cat tree has proven to be a months long project.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous scottb said...

It's all about trust, you know. We have a friend who is a comic book artist (really, he's done a series of 8 or so, and a graphic novel) and my wife wanted him to pick colors for our (new, then) son's room. He sat down with a bunch of gouache and asked us how we wanted him to feel in his room. So, you know, we answered the questions, and he mixed up some colors and said "this for the top (a rich peach) and this for the bottom (an even richer red with hints of purple)". And I looked at him and my wife and said "uh, yeah, OK". Completely convinced that we'd do his bidding and it would look really weird. Naturally, I was dead wrong, the colors _totally_ went well together, changed the feel of the room, and I loved them once they were on the walls. Lesson about colors: I should trust others and no one should trust me. So, yeah, I'd let you pick colors for our walls. But I think my cool wife has dibs...

Other note about white: There's _nothing_ wrong with white, since it leaves you mostly unconstrained when hanging art. Other colors may flatter or detract from different colors in the piece, but white is always good...

8:34 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Noel:
No, that's not an effect of the painting. I am not that skilled.

Justus:
I'm sure I would love your colors. I don't mind the painting (obviously). The trick that made the project bearable was to listen to books on tape while I painted.

Justin:
Yes, little kids feel right at home in my house.

Scott M.:
The doors take me longer than the whole rest of the room.

Scott B.:
I have to be extremely careful about both art and flowers in my house. Mixed bouquets look awful, as do any pinks or purples. Anything Mexican/Spanish looking is fine; my ex used to call my house decor "nouveau cantina".

10:05 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

I have mixed feelings about colors in homes. Your photos are fabulous, and I love that stuff--the more the colors vibrate against each other (i.e. clash) the happier I am. But I have another side that equally adores the ultra simple, clean lines, white walls, bare wood floors, etc. Sort of anabaptist/puritain.

Maybe when I have a house with enough rooms, I can do both!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Or you could decorate your summer house, winter cabin and regular house in different styles to match the locale. I'm looking forward to doing that.

3:18 PM  

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