I once heard someone say, “There’s more to life than linen white.” I wasn’t sure what that meant until I took a closer look at my home and the blah, lifeless look I’d called decorating. Yep, you got it, I had become linen white! Well, actually I’d become Bloomington Beige. So how did I get here? One way was my fear that I couldn’t match colors or pick the accent color that wouldn’t ultimately scare the neighbor kids. So how does my neighbor pick that beautiful green melon color for their kitchen with sunset orange as an accent color? How is it my aunt and uncle can put that burgundy sofa in a room painted soft gunmetal gray? Well, there are ways to inspire yourself to try new things and you can learn which colors work together and which don’t.
Try social media sites such as Facebook or Pinterest. Check out the web for creative ideas. Click on our Interior Inspiration tab for interior ideas and try the Exterior Inspiration tab for outdoor ideas that will amaze you. Remember, color is all about trial and error. Try purchasing sample jars from Don Smith Paint to try a color before you commit to it. View the color for 24 hours so you’ll see its true look in daylight and at night. If you like your colors after this trial, you may have found what you’re looking for. Either way, don’t be afraid to take a leap into the world of color. Have you seen the movie “Pleasantville”? It depicts a simple time, a simple life set in the fifties. But what happens when the world of color infiltrates an ordinary life of black and white? Initially it’s scary because it’s different, but once the characters realized the use of color makes them feel alive… life as they knew would never be the same.
Inspire yourself! Knock down the boundaries of the ordinary! The world of color awaits you!