When we moved into this house two years ago (my goodness, time flies!), the walls were a dingy, rental white with chipped grey trim. I have never been a fan of white. I rarely utilize white. I adore color!
I have kept a notebook of magazine clippings of loved décor for the past fifteen years or so. As I flipped through the worn pages I discovered something; every single room had white/cream walls. All of them.
“I’m surprised you are painting the walls white,” Shyanne responded on text after I sent her the first wall completed.
As soon as we moved in two years ago, I painted the walls warm yellow with a library brown trim and they were lovely. This house is nearly one hundred years old, adobe, build in a proper style where the windows and eves are set just right so that in the summer the sun is above the house and in the winter, the sun floods through the windows. I can touch the ceilings. This house wasn’t built by tall people, y’all. The result is that it feels almost cave-like sometimes and remarkably cozy. With all my bright colors and plants though, it felt cluttered.
So, what the heck, right? I went and chose a crisp with a touch of cream, white paint and set to work New Year’s Eve. It is amazing how dirty walls get over the years and the white paint was like a cleansing. All of the colors of my southwestern things just pop against the new gallery walls and the space feels bright and wintery. Cool and enlivening. New and fresh.
Finances and a very large puppy mean that we aren’t getting new furniture very soon but these pieces, dingy and a bit torn as they may be, become transformed with a few bright blankets.
“What do I want to devote space to?” A very good question for the new year. For me, it is my work. With all my beautiful items at the ready, I don’t have to be digging through closets and bags to find what I need for ceremony!
Next to it I placed a table with my curiosities. My bird nests and feathers.
With the house nice and bright and filled with southwestern color and all my bright paintings displayed, I feel light and calm, happy and inspired. So white was the right color for me all along!
With a bit of paint, some blankets to use as throws, and a rearrangement of furniture, you can have a whole new living space designed for what you want to make space for.
Happy New Year everyone!