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Color Me Crazy

I’ve only been living in my current apartment for about six months, and it’s clear that I’ve got to do something about the paint color. Not to mention the radiator covers, the electrical outlets, the a/c or ceiling fan situation, and the fur accumulation (thanks to 30+ pounds of cats shedding all over everything). 

New York City Apartment

But I’m starting with the paint. The apartment now is white. Good old, boring, dreadfully dull white.

You know how for the past several years the popular colors—at least for amateur decorators like myself—have been rich reds and golden yellows? I love those colors, because they make me feel warm and happy and cared for.

But enough, already with warmth and happiness. I want something cool and modern, sleek and lively.  

So I’ve found myself a painter, who comes well-recommended and doesn’t charge so much that I won’t be able to afford the paint itself. And I’ve made my choices, after a good deal of agonizing—a pale, pale peach for the living room and, in a surprise last- minute switch, a turquoisy-blue for the front hall.  

When I stopped on the street at a dress sale recently (another advantage to living in hot, sweaty, smelly New York City is that there are frequently people selling fabulous little summer frocks, right there on the street) one of the women shopping claimed that her mother had been the first “personal shopper” and was the instigator of that particular profession. Well I don’t know about that, but she also said that turquoise is a color that looks great on anyone, as it complements any skin tone.  

I didn’t fall for it, even though I did pick up a great little brown, orange, and beige number. 

And in terms of wall color, I don’t know. Turquoise seems awfully risky. 

We’ll see how it turns out. 

Reader Comments (7)

Well I think if your looking for somthing cool and sleek and lively, turqouise would be a great color. If you want color, don't be afraid to go for it!!
I think that you will be pleasantly surprised and should enjoy the new, fresh look. Have fun, after all, no risk no gain.

September 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAleta Capel

I have painted my apartment red and yellow before. It is a really nice color match and provides a good feel to the whole apartment. At first I wasn't sure about those colors, but after painting my walls like that, it turned out to be a great decision. But that was my old apartment, I might plan to just do that for my new apartment.

Good post.

October 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Sack

We own some rental properties here in WI and always try to stay with neutral colors. It is much easier to decorate around that!

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDick
Sounds like you have made a good choice on the colour scheme for your appartment.
October 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpainter liverpool
thanks for the really good tips! -
October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRank Locally
I think its very important..
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