Choosing a paint color can be tricky for anyone. Not all of us have the designer gene, but if we are lucky, we know what we like, how we want our home to represent us and what brings us joy. My husband is color blind and I don’t really see color except for some shades of blue. I probably would have done this even if we both could identify all the parts of the rainbow: I asked friends and family for their opinions. The options were a light blue, a light tan and a darker tan. We have a lot of cherry-stained wood in our home and I googled what colors would best compliment the brown/red trim. Ice blue was suggested and we had a similar shade from our recently painted bedroom. The other two colors were also leftovers and both seemed like they would work. Sample areas were brushed on, pictures taken and sent to nine people.
Surprisingly, the votes were cast equally; three colors and nine people. Many of us are cautious about color on our walls, preferring to go more neural and add color as accents in the form of pillows, rugs and artwork. Three people chose the light tan, I expected more would do the same. Two of the three men asked liked the darker tan, my husband and I and another opting for the blue. I had thought there might be some obvious correlation between who picked which color and their personality, but this amateur psychiatrist should stick with amateur interior design; there wasn’t.
The real test here is how long the people in my life will put up with me dissecting my experiences, in which they are a part, for essay material. I’m sure they’d rather be fashioned into fictional characters in a New York Times Best Seller, becoming a real cowboy or a femme fatale climbing the corporate ladder within its pages, the story set in Nantucket or California (because aren’t they all?), with some hot and heavy scenes appearing throughout. Instead they are subjected to play a role in my foolish ponderings on SisterRain.net.
We went with the blue, by the way. The color of the bluest eyes in Texas, a beautiful sky over the sparkling blue ocean, and the garter worn when the guy gets the girl.