8.30.2010

Color Without Commitment

Hello, hello, hello, my friends!  I hope you are enjoying these fleeting days of summer!

I have been trying to pack in lots of activities into these last few days before the kids go back to school.  Since we moved at the beginning of August, we haven't done much that is noteworthy and the Mama Guilt started kicking in.  So...a trip to the beach, another to Canobie Lake Park (an amusement park) and lots of swimming later, the kids step onto the school bus tomorrow morning and the mom gets back into a routine - including blogging on a more frequent basis! 
Thank you for tuning in despite lack of activity over here at Shine Your Light!

If you saw our new family room that we painted, you might think that I am a neutral girl and hold a grudge against color.  This isn't so!  Color, you did nothing to offend me! 

We are on our fourth house as a married couple and over the past thirteen years I have had rooms of almost ever color of the rainbow (except for orange, until we moved here to walls of burnt orange with peach trim!  Lovely.)  Our last two houses were colonials, and I was constantly seeking a balance between traditional decor, which I felt was appropriate for the style of the house, and some creative and eclectic elements that I lean toward.  This time, while we are again in a colonial-style house, we are pursuing a different vibe, not so traditional, more beachy, airy and comfortable.  No rooms that are off-limits for our children.  A place where guests can put their feet up in rooms that we actually use more than twice a year.

And so, we start by neutralizing this space.  After the painting, the fun will begin when I can interject color in bits and pieces to the space. 

This room is my favorite inspiration - I adore vintage travel posters, and these colorful accents!  It's cheerful and happy, and how easily interchangeable are pillows for the seasons or when you tire of them?
Photo:  Traditional Home

I love the neutral backdrop in these next few photos, accented with punches of color. 
Photo:  Southern Living

Photo:  Erica Georges Dines/Southern Living

 
Photo:  DecorPad

Photo:  Country Living

Photo:  Candace Olson/HGTV

My first contribution to the color palette of our new home is the Serafina roman shade from PB (on sale as it's discontinued.)  The shade will go in our first floor bathroom which I've been busy as a bee giving a facelift to.  Now I am stalking ebay looking for some more of this fabric to make pillows for the family room!

Here's a sneak peek of the bathroom before it's makeover in, as you guessed, all it's PEACH glory!:
I'll be showing you the after of this little bathroom very soon!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

2 comments:

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

The second pic is my favorite!

I get the guilt thing, sometime when I haven't done anything outside of the house I feel bad for the kids :)

Thanks for you super sweet words on Sat post. I hope your enjoying your day!
XO

Holly said...

Gorgeous photos. Our family room is getting a very slow facelift - the rest of our house has lots of color and this is just white - not a good white - just white (when we moved in, I said please paint the ugly paneling and white was better than what it was). I remember when peach was "in fashion." Can't wait to see the updates!