Ode to Chromatic Dare Devils
I respectfully acknowledge the quiet strength of barely there whispers of color that cast their spell effortlessly without making a ruckus--the muted palette that has no ego and lets all other room elements take the lead. There is, after all, a certain power in restraint. This post is not about them.
This post is devoted to color that announces itself boldly, playfully, and undisguised. Solid saturated fields of it, exciting patterns, unexpected hits that quicken the pulse. I'm talking about the kind of OMG wow that catches the eye as soon as you enter a room and expresses the sheer joy of decoration.
The overly color cautious, who dwell in a land of same value beige, are starting to feel uncomfortable now. They're scrolling down this post wondering, "What’s in it for me?" To that I smile and reply, "If you're open to it . . . a whole new world!"
To work up an appetite for color, flip through magazines, Google your imagination away, and visit lots of shops. Stores, as you know, use color to capture your attention. On a recent jaunt to some of my favorite West Palm Beach antique and consignment shops, I was excited by pure lovin' color. From dabs to gobs, I felt compelled to share.
I started my inspiration trek at Nettie's Thrift & Consignment, just south of Antique Row along Dixie Highway. This shop always has a good supply of fun and inexpensive painted pieces. Owner Annette Stephens elevates small, bland wicker and wood pieces to new juicy heights. For the tonally timid, a quick inexpensive takeaway item--a painted basket or side table, a throw or painting--is an easy way to enter into the relationship with color. If something attracts you, honor your instinct. Bring the happy piece home, and don't over think it!
More inspiration thanks to Gardenhouse, up in the Northwood section of West Palm. Prices get a bit more serious here where photographer and furniture re-styler Cheryl Maeder uses fresh coats of paint and zippy upholstery fabrics to reanimate pieces with great bones. Smitten am I with this funky French fauteuil. Lucky is the woman who sits upon it in her glamorous gray bedroom as she laces her gladiator sandals or the man who places it in the corner of his tobacco brown dressing room. Happy furniture deserves a place in your home.
I walk one block north to Circa Who, a resale store packed with 20th century furnishings, lamps and mirrors, where the prices are fair and the stuff moves. I enter and I want! It's that simple. It's that appetizing. Owner Tracy DeRamus created a juicy backdrop that accentuates the shapely curves and angles of the items she sells. "I love color," she says, "and could not decide which one would pop best, so I picked them all!" Random stripes line one accent wall and a brocade stencil motif floats upon the two largest expanses of 18 foot high wall. Same colors show up in different patterns in one big room. Applicable in a home? For sure! Think entrance foyer graduating into a hallway. Think bedroom into dressing area.
The shopping tour is over. After multiple color punches in the course of an hour, my head is spinning. Saturated with the desire to redecorate, it's time to go home, contemplate, make little sketches, and stare at the walls. Thinking about change feels hopeful. Creating it is satisfying!
At Circa Who, Tracy says, "I have been inspired by others to do what I do and I love to inspire others." With that in mind, I recreated the Circa Who color palette. . . .