28 June 2007

Ode to Orange

When I was a kid, we moved into this massive, beautiful turn-of-the-century house that my parents remodeled up until they sold it a few years ago. It was a great house to grow up in because we each had our own rooms and there were even extra rooms that we didn't use. There were also tons of trunk closets and other nooks that were great for playing in, building forts in, etc. Now my parents are not color people, especially when it comes to painting a house. Every room in every house I can remember was painted Navajo White. Which may be the most popular paint color in the history of the world. Do a google search on it and see what I mean...there is even a wikipedia page on it. Weird. Anyway, back to houses and stuff. So, everything was white...except me. I was not into white, at all. So I brought the first color to the Esp household. There was a small trunk closet off of my bedroom that was kind of my personal space. I decided that it needed some zing, so I grabbed small cans of primary colors and closed the door behind me. I proceeded to splatter the paint colors all over the inside of the closet (how very 80s) by flinging my brush around. Well, needless to say, when my dad saw it, he about died, but that closet remained in all its splattery goodness until the day they sold the house.

So all of this is a very long intro to let you know that I love COLOR! I think part of it is years of pent up rebellion to the Navojo White of my youth and the primer white of my rental days. But as soon as we closed on our little abode, we were at Lowes picking up stacks of paint swatches in every color of the rainbow. Now, I had wrongly assumed that my husband was more of a neutrals kind of guy and had picked out a nice oatmeal color for the living room. But when I showed him my ideas, his response was, 'How about orange?" What!?! An orange living room, I love it... So we grabbed swatches in every shade of orange we could find and taped them all over our wall, slowly eliminating the ones that didn't really work until finally we settled on nice pumpkin pie shade. So, to follow the theme from Decor8's Color of the Month, here are a few pictures in my own Ode to Orange.

Oh, and I wanted to add this great pillow that I found at West Elm. I think I might grab one for the brown chair in the top picture. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

It would have looked a lot better if it was Navaho White! Love, Dad


erinn said...

That's a really nice shade of orange! Love your closet organization too.

Anonymous said...

I love this orange! What paint and shade did you use?