Color psychic…

The previous post about artwork and my friend Tobie in Wyoming got me thinking about color.  Tobie is a fan of crazy colors on the wall – same as me.  I once spent a weekend – in Wyoming – picking colors and painting accent walls at her house. I also think it was Tobie who once mentioned that professional sports teams do color coordinating the best.  For example, Tobie’s favorite NFL team, the Miami Dolphins, with their turquoise and orange.  I think her observation was a good one.  I have this combination in my own house – as mentioned in the previous post.  It works.


In 2010, turquoise was the color of the year.  The description of turquoise that year — it “inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.”  I chose turquoise for our laundry room in 2010 – not because it was the color of the year – though that description sounds pretty nice for a laundry room.  I chose it because it felt like a good transition between the sea green bathroom and the orange sunroom.  When I found out turquoise was the color of the year, I was worried about our laundry room color being trendy.  3 years later, I still like the turquoise and am no longer worried about it being trendy.  Officially, our turquoise color is Millspring Blue HC-137 by Benjamin Moore – just to keep it all accurate.


A number of people have walked through our house and asked “Why orange – in the sunroom – full of windows and bright light?”  I work at home.  My old workspace used to be in the purple room, our future master bedroom.


Purple is my favorite color.  I thought I would love working in a cool, calm, quiet environment.   It made me sleepy – very sleepy.  So, when I had the opportunity to relocate my workspace I opted for a vibrant, energetic color that would keep me awake.  Thus, the orange.  It helps to wake me up in the morning – I have never been, am not currently, and will likely never be a morning person. It helps to get and keep the creativity flowing.  It minimizes the sleepy afternoon lull.  It makes me optimistic.  It sounds a little odd, but I feel like all the windows and outside views keep it from becoming overstimulating.  I also chose 2 different oranges for the room because I was initially nervous that the bright orange might be too much for me.  The brighter orange is Billiant Amber 161 by Benjamin Moore and is painted on all the window walls in the sunroom and mudroom.  The darker orange is Pumpkin Spice 126 by Benjamin Moore and is painted on the 2 walls opposite the window walls in the sunroom.  My thought on this was that the darker orange might absorb a little of the glare from all that sunshine pouring in.  I don’t know if my theory has officially been proven, but I feel like it has worked out like I had hoped/planned.  Anyway, I chose these colors in 2010.  In 2012 Tangerine Tango was the color of the year.  I felt like I was kind of on a roll with color picking.  First, the turquoise.  Then, the orange.

This is the view from my desk.  I get energized just thinking about it.


2014 color of the year is Radiant Orchid – a fuchsia purple with pink undertones.

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I searched my house high and low for anything close to this color.  The only thing I could find – in the entire house – was my laptop envelope.


You might be wondering why I am mentioning this color then – because it doesn’t really support the “I’m a color psychic” thing?  Oh, but it does – here is the deal.  I know someone with an accent wall in their living room that is very similar to this fuchsia color.  The thing is that I actually helped them pick it out!  I wish I had a picture for proof – or something.  I don’t.  Anyway,  you would be hard pressed to find this color in professional sports.  So, I had to look to my second favorite place for color coordination – nature and the garden.  These fuchsia wall people have orange leather chairs and we went with a pale green paint on the other walls in the room.  This fuchsia, orange, and green combo is surprisingly unexpected and lovely – and I was a part of it…


Seriously, I think I might be a color psychic.