Mad guessed it: my new obsession with paint chips means that I am no longer obsessed with blogging. It turns out that my mind runs on two tracks at a time: on one track, I shop for groceries, grade exams, and pick up my kids from day-care; on the other track, which runs alongside the first one, I simultaneously do one other thing. Until recently, that other thing was blogging: I crafted posts in my head, thought about posts I had read, brooded over traffic, and relished the various kudos that came my way. Then I discovered paint chips. And now I find myself flipping through a mental fandeck as I go about my business, trying to combine the bits of conflicting advice I've received about paint into some kind of coherent whole.
For instance. Here is what I've learned about the science of paint-colour selection:
- The colours people love the most on their walls are usually ones they hated on the chip. This means that when you go to the paint store, you should especially seek out the colours that give you a visceral reaction of nausea.
- A good, safe choice is to use several shades of a single colour so that the rooms of your house flow together. Of course, what that means is that you may end up with a house in which every single room is yellow.
- It's best to choose a palette of soft, neutral colours so that you can bring vivid colour into the room through fabrics and accents.
- Don't be influenced by trends: pick the colours you love, the ones that make you feel good. If four shades of beige is not going to bring you joy, ignore the experts and go with what you like.
- If you like a colour on the chip, go two shades lighter (unless it's a bright colour - then go two shades darker).
- If you Google the name of the colour you're interested in, you can find plenty of people on message boards describing what it looks like on the walls (often with photos).
- If a colour is popular and well-liked, that means everybody will be sick of it in ten years' time.
I've done my best to moderate my paint-colour obsession with other home decor related interests (especially ones that allow me to spruce up the house I actually live in so we can put it on the market). I've redecorated my bedroom:
and purchased a new credenza:
...but so detached have I become from my blogging identity that I didn't even take any "before" pictures to demonstrate the hideousness of my old Canadian-Tire entertainment unit before we dismantled it and put it in the basement. The best I could come up with was this:
If you look into the background at the right of that photo, you'll see me in my former incarnation, blogging away at the kitchen table. The most relevant "after" photo may not be the one of the new credenza but rather this one:
My new front-runners: Whitall Brown, Hiking Trail, Moccasin (thanks for the suggestion, Janet!), and Semolina (a step down from the more vivid Nacho Cheese). The red is for the accents, not the walls, though I may do the front door in Sangria if I have the choice.
What's the best cure for a one-track mind? New episodes of Lost? A good book? Finding ways to work the word "credenza" into polite conversation? Help a poor (former?) blogger out.