For as long as I can remember, my friends have strongly encouraged me to bring my color palette down a notch. They insisted, bright, bold colors should be reserved for accents or special occasions only. My colors were just too much “there there”. Frankly, I had no idea what they were talking about. What’s not to love about an orange wall, and a red couch?! I loved my major colors! My parents were and are variously partial to bright Caribbean motifs, 1960s Scandinavian splashes and energetic quilted landscapes. My sister, Kathy, is a keen collector of vivid artifacts. Clearly I am in good company, right?
And then my daughter was born.
Austen is a “minor” color gal. She loves her heathered browns, greys, and burgundies. She has more than once suggested that my color selections are “too poppy outie” for her. Apparently we are born with certain color preferences, because I certainly never pushed a particular palette on her. Austen has taught me a great deal about how to combine the neutrals of our world into pleasing arrangements that still leave room for the fantastic (if only occasional) “pop”.
I’ve learned to temper my predilection in our furniture designs. While we do offer some very “bouncy” washi paper screen colors, we also offer a soothing palette of colors that can serve as accents in a neutral-based homescape.
My unrelenting affection for my “major” colors is not truly an impeachable offense in the feng shui of color. It’s just what I like. May you too discover the colors of your heart and never waver in their expression. :-)
Ruminations (and the occasional rambling) from Sharon Kirk, designer at auleigh home.