Don’t Be Afraid of Colors

The outside of a home in London's Kensington Borough. I love the complementing colors.

The outside of a home in London’s Kensington Borough. I love the complementing colors.

I love shades of white.  I am in the middle of repainting our master bedroom’s furniture that is black to a creamy white.

BUT, if everything is white, or if everything is ANY one color, it can become uninteresting.

Complementary CONTRAST makes you APPRECIATE things. 

Sometimes I think people in America are either TOO afraid of color OR they use TOO many colors.  Striking a balance is a delicate process. The Europeans, in particular the British, have mastered the art of color. The exterior of homes in Kensington and Chelsea are a beautiful crisp white with a contrasting aqua door, or are a muted, greyish navy with a matte red door.

The interiors are rich with trim, touches of gilded gold mirrors, and beautifully paired colors. This extends to the interior doors as well. Take a look inside of Kensington Palace; the walls are painted a pale pink, yet the doors are a muted seaspray turquoise. The colors are different, but are of the same tone. They are pleasing to the eye and extend beyond one room.

In Kensington Palace, pale pink walls are accented with muted aqua doors, detailed with gold paint.

In Kensington Palace, pale pink walls are accented with muted aqua doors, detailed with gold paint.

The doors of Kensington Palace

The doors of Kensington Palace

Contrast in Kensington

Contrast in Kensington

Traveling opens your world and shows you how to pair colors and bring “the traditional” into “the present.” Traveling doesn’t always take money, but it takes time.

Use Pinterest, Instagram, or google…  get ideas…  “travel” across the country or the ocean through these virtual inspiration boards; print out pictures of rooms that are pleasing to you…  and pick some rooms with a little color!  White walls are beautiful, but if your whole house is one note…or if every room is playing a competing song…  it will fall flat or be a disaster.

Don’t be afraid; it’s just paint.  If it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted,  don’t worry, you can always paint over it.

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Travel around your home… Is there a room that could use some color?  Are there rooms that have colors that are too jarring?

There should be a complementing flow from room to room.

Make some time and make it better~ it is worth it. Your home is worth it~ you live your life in it. 

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