We've tossed around the idea of making the guest room a pale, soft, pink (my late mother's favorite color and she would have SO loved this house), the master a sunny yellow, the kitchen a pale blue, etc.
But then the other night we were watching a TV show, can't remember which one, but the rooms in this particular house were all white. The walls, the trim around doors and windows, and the ceilings. And then each room was decorated with different color themes. We realized how genius this idea actually was. You use the pillows, the accessories, the bedspreads, the curtains, etc, for the color in a room. Even the fabric on the couch can be used as the color palette.
Then I started my favorite activity, googling, and found that this is quite popular with cottages and small homes. Of course the first thing, it makes the room feel bigger. Secondly, it lets in more light. Since we live in the city and don't often open our curtains, for security/privacy reasons mainly, it will be nice to have open curtains and tons of light flowing in. The white will definitely add to that feeling as well.
Here are some random pictures I found on the Internet of various rooms done in a white background with the furniture/decor as the "color" in the room...
These two are white with blue and black as the colors. Actually love the blue in the bedroom....
When we were thinking of painting the rooms a color, we were going to go with Martha Stewart Living line of paint that's sold at Home Depot. We been on a quite a few home tours in Houston and that paint is very popular. Not only is the variety of unusual colors nice, but it's also low odor and low VOC's, and that drew us to it initially.
Of course, without diffferent colors, we figured we'll still need to find a white. So I checked Martha's paint line and she has white............19 different shades of white! Of course, looking at some of them, they are called white but I can see pink or gray or blue or other colors in them.
This one is kind of cool because it combines some usnusual colors, the pinks and rose colors from the curtains and then the yellow/green of the striped chair.
The blue and white is nice, and again, the decorations, the fabric, the furniture, is where all the color comes from and the walls stay simply white. I think this will be a fun way to decorate.
Now in some of these rooms, I realize they painted the floor, we are not going to do that, our floors will look great left as they are, the original chocolate brown wood. But that doesn't mean we can't put down a bunch of rugs for splashes of color, but more on that in a future post.