I like to think that I have a solid head on my shoulders and a good sense of reality, but when it comes to certain things, I think that making a hasty decision is the most effective option. In particular, PAINT. I know that my last few house projects have involved this. When the study was still contractor’s beige, I thought that it was fine but that a warm, darker color would really bring the room together, creating the cozy, eclectic look that I desired. However, amongst all of the brown paint samples laid one that I later decided did not belong. This, of course, ended up being the color that I chose to paint the study only a few weeks ago. At first, it seemed brown until the next few days when I really noticed the purple undertones and realized that instead of a warm brown, I had chosen a cool plum.
While friends and family said that it looked good yet understood my dilemma, I insisted that I needed to take action. Paint is such a great product. I have said before that simply adding a color to a room can completely change the atmosphere. Needless to say, I took a trip to home depot on Saturday with my dad to grab a few of those actual mini-paint samples. Being unsure of the color, I did not want to make the same mistake and spend hours of effort painting the room only to decide that I changed my mind. I brought home 2 samples: a warm, reddish pumpernickle brown and a very basic, straight brown. I had a fun time painting these on various walls and making a mess of the room. Both colors seemed appealing but I decided to take a chance and go with the warmer of the two.
I am happy to say that the color turned out spectacularly; it is exactly what I had imagined in the first place. I am getting a little bit better at painting. At least,
I have figured out the importance of excellent prepping since it saves so much time and grief in the end. Some good tunes certainly help the process along, so I recommend turning up that stereo before you start. As usual, I moved all of the furniture by myself.