Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Color Explosion

Bits of color are invading my life and I don't seem to be able to do anything about it. Everywhere I look here in Florida there are bright and bold colors and they are slowing taking over my life. This amaryllis was growing in a neighbors yard. I've seen them in red but never this coral color, what a beauty.

The color affliction started out innocent enough by my painting the guest bedroom what's called "deco coral". Well actually I tried to paint the exterior of our home a coral color but it just didn't work, so I moved inside with the coral color.

Meanwhile I made this vase. You may not be able to see the texture since it is very subtle, I used cheesecloth for the texture. The sprigs are meant to look like broken pieces of shell that might be found on a beach. Wouldn't the vase look nice in a creamy coral color?

I painted the entry, dining and living areas this cool aqua blue color called "seacrest spray". This happens to be one of my very favorite colors. After I painted those rooms, I thought is so beautiful, that I painted the utility and master bedroom that color.

I know I asked your advice about a color to paint my studio but somehow the advice fell like a piece of paper which floats unseen to the floor. I loved the aqua color so much I painted the hallway and the studio that color too. Then I realized I had painted most of the house the same color and started to doubt my choice, so I asked my color consultant what he thought.

Gary was stripping the wallpaper off the walls in the kitchen and the second bathroom. I asked Gary what he thought of all the color and he said he loved the colors and wanted more bright colors. We went out for lunch one day and as we walked up to the restaurant, Gary said that's the color for the kitchen, the lime green. I said that's a little bright, he said no it's perfect.

So here's the color of the kitchen, it's called "celery stick". This photo makes it look darker than it really is. I still need to paint a second coat which will even up the color. See the pool in the background, doesn't it look inviting? It's been in the middle 90s and perfect swimming weather.

Do you think this birdhouse will look good in the kitchen color? That's what I think! I put holes in the side of the birdhouse as vents and a couple in the floor too. I also put a hole in the top and thought I'd string a copper wire through and underneath the house so I can hang the birdhouse from a tree branch.

Yes there's more color explosion coming up, but I've run out of daylight and steam today. I've picked out the color for the guest bathroom; what color do you think I picked? Oh, and I still have to pick the color for the lanai, but I can't make up my mind, any suggestions? Comments and suggestions are welcome.


  1. In case you're wondering, yes, that's a lawn chair in the dining room and those are concrete floors you see in the photos, someone from craigslist actually came and took all the carpet and pad from all the rooms, which saved us a ton of time and effort. Once the painting is done we'll do something about the floors and decorating, lol.

  2. Isn't it great fun to turn that house into your home? Coral is my favorite color so splash on. How wonderful that you have such a lovely pool to cool off in after a day of painting.
    Love that vase.

  3. LOVE the green in the kitchen!

  4. Oh you are having so much fun with color! I love all the bright colors and where you live now-perfect!!!!!
    You go Linda! What a great home you have chosen.
    Bring on more!

  5. I llove Benjamin Moore Marigold.. yummy, JT

  6. Looove your colors, Linda, especially the coral and the lime green. You and Gary paint like pros. Everything's looking great. And how clever of you to offer up the carpeting on craig's list. Hadn't thought of that. Love your vase as is, especially with the broken shell motif, but think the birdcage is adorable in any color or as is.

  7. love, love, love the "celery stick" color...that is the beauty of being in florida... you can play with so much more bright colors than you can in other regions.
    ...the vase is a beauty and yes i can see it in a coral color. have fun incorporating your new environment into your work!

  8. Hi Patti, thanks, I am having fun and happy I can take advantage of using brighter colors than I normally would, ha.

    Hi Kim, thanks, it looks more green in the photo than real life I think.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, I'm breaking out of my color phobia box. he he.

    Hi Joan, thanks, I'll check out that color.

    Hi Kittie, thanks, I'm finding craigslist is a wealth of opportunity both buying and selling.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I'm definitely having fun with color, I just hope I don't change my mind because I don't want to repaint, lol.


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