Thursday, November 3, 2011

Out of the blue

Out with the old

Apparently, I'm still indulging the color blue. Not as an emotion, mind you, but more as my palette in life. I chose blue for my yarn room last year. Bathroom, too. Last week, I got a manicure and painted my fingernails in OPI's, Yoga Ta Ya Get This Blue. I've also been on a blue yarn binge since the first of the year and seem unusually drawn to any shade of this color. About a year ago, I saw the color my friend had painted her son's room and had to have the details. About two weeks later, she thoughtfully mailed me the color card that I promptly taped to the dining room wall and there it stayed for the better part of a year as I wondered if it was a color that spoke to me.

Last week, my husband asked for a to-do list while he was on a two week vacation and I told him he could paint the dining room. I didn't think he would get to it quite so quickly, but he did and I'm so thankful. I went out to lunch with a friend last week and came home to the freshly painted room all dolled up in Sherwin-Williams, Aqua Sphere. I loved it, but of course this led to me confiding that I thought the green in the living room was a mistake, and now a sore spot against the better color in the dining room.

In with the new

Today the living room harmonizes with the dining room and is all decked out in Breezy. Of course, we couldn't have that gilt mirror sticking out like a sore thumb against the cool blue colors, so while I was listening to Bob Seger last night (who, at 66 years old, was very awesome), the substantial mirror frame got a fresh coat of Martha Stewart's metallic decorative paint in the color, Thundercloud. In a word...awesome!

The foyer and hall got painted in, On the Rocks. While this was a lighter color shown with the cool blue families, it's really a lavender-gray and looks so pretty. When the light hits it a certain way, the lavender seems more prominent. I checked the can, and yep, there it is in the formula...maroon tint. I wasn't imagining things, and it really has some lavender there. I'm pleased with the way it looks and decided to indulge my hunch that what this living room needs now is a punch of color in a vibrant purple. I'm thinking pillows or an afghan. That should keep me away from blue yarn for awhile.

I'm not going to think too much about why these colors appeal to me or read too much into my mood. They make me happy and that should be enough of a reason to paint the whole place blue if that's what I want.


The Bug said...

I love blue! I don't really know why feeling sad is called being blue - it's such a soothing color. I think we should change the expression to "I'm feeling puce!" :)

sapphireblue said...

Very nice. I love blue.

SkippyMom said...

Pretty colors - WOW on the frame. Very eclectric.

Finding Pam said...

That looks so fresh with the white trim. I love blue.

Cool picture of Leo. He is so handsome.

NCmountainwoman said...

I love the color. But more important is that it makes you happy. That's what it is all about. Things that make us happy.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i know i sure have had some fun with my green fingernails!

smiles, bee

Stephanie V said...

Those blues are beautiful. I know what you mean about getting stuck on a color. I have a thing for green these days...having been a blue lover for most of my life before.
Leo looks very good in blue, i think.

Devon said...

That is a beautiful color scheme! I love the metalic color on the mirror... What a great accent! You have an awsome hubby!

Miss 376 said...

Beautiful, and that mirror frame is stunning

Brenda said...

I have blue several places in our home. I love your white molding so much better than our cherry molding. We liked it 21 yrs ago...but now would prefer the white. Those colors your picked are really awesome. I just heard on the radio that Bob Seeger did an amazing job. Apparently when singers age they can't hit the high notes anymore and they have a way of still pulling it off without the audience noticing very much. Hard to believe that so many of the artists we loved years ago are still doing concerts. Some are in their 70's.

Denise said...

I've been drawn to blue and purple forever.
Still waiting for Jimmy page to come out of retirement.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Don't think about it,just enjoy it. It looks great.

Alice said...

Excellent choice, especially since it makes you happy.
(I also, like living with color choices for a while before I choose.)
Living in my parents Condo, where everything is Shades of white --color extremely muted, it is a booster when I go to my little home with its deep tones.
Hey, the pale pastels work for my Mom and her high ceilinged condo, but NOT for me.

ari_1965 said...

Looks good.
I had my bedroom painted blue. It's very blue. It's a Benjamin Moore color called Blue Marguerite, but I bought Behr paint and had Fleet Farm mix it up.

I love the color. Very rich. Too blue for some people. I've been told it's more like something you'd paint a little boy's bedroom. Someone called it a deep periwinkle, but that's not quite the right color. I should send you a picture.

ari_1965 said...

Okay, I sent you a picture of my blue wall. I didn't clean the room first.