A Change of Color

© shoutingforha
My kitchen has been red for what seems like forever.  I loved the color when the paint was new; Bee Balm Red it was called.  Unfortunately it had long been discontinued and I could never quite find a perfect match to cover the scrapes and scratches that dot the walls over time.

My love had slowly turned to indifference, then to dislike and finally to hate. I could hardly stand to look at the red walls anymore.  As a result, I didn't enjoy being in my kitchen.

I was in Home Depot on Sunday and decided that enough was enough.  I walked into the paint section and scanned at the dozens of paint swatches waiting for my eyes to settle on the one that felt "right."

© shoutingforha
There it was, the perfect color amidst a sea of swatches. Impulsively, I bought a gallon of a dark, rich brown called Roasted Nuts.  I didn't tell my guys about my purchase.  I tucked the can into the laundry room and went about the rest of the day. 

As soon as I dropped my boy off at school yesterday I started painting, secretly hoping that I hadn't made the wrong choice.  It was tedious work making sure every detail of the embossed wallpaper was covered in a nice thick coat.  But when it was finished, my heart felt at home. 

It's funny how something as simple as changing the color of a room can have such an effect.  I find myself wanting to hang out in my kitchen again.  In fact, I'm sitting there now, sipping coffee while I type these words.  I'm also daydreaming about the meals that I will cook and the memories yet to be made in this freshly painted room.  


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kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! Looks warm and cozy.

gretchen from lifenut said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooh! Great choice! It's like a sweet, rich, complex chocolate. Love that you painted over embossed wallpaper. The texture is perfect for a color like that.

Justine said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooh...I love how rich and inviting it is. And a great backdrop to the pattern on your curtains! Great choice.

helen said... Best Blogger Tips

imagine it looks great in that white kitchen...can't wait to see it in person.
nice job, mrs. ha!

Adrienne said... Best Blogger Tips

ooohhh...bold, rich choice. Very, very pretty. And I'm so glad it makes you feel at home!

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great choice, I want to do something rich and different in our home too. First time visiting, such a gorgeous blog you have!

Kelly Quinones Miller said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, you painted your entire kitchen in a day all by yourself? You're my hero (and the color is awesome)!

shoutingforha said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kelly Quinones Miller Speed painting is one of my many completely useless talents. :)

So glad you stopped by my blog!

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Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm with Kelly, way to speed paint! And I totally agree with you that sometime a color change can change everything. The brown is lovely and I love those curtains!


CJ said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! Sometimes a new coat of paint can make anything seem new!

Chelle said... Best Blogger Tips

You are my hero. Seriously, looks awesome, but then, you are awesome so I am not surprised.

Susan Silver said... Best Blogger Tips

Color has a huge impact on how we feel. Oranges & Yellows tend to be happy colors, Blues are more calming, reds are more aggressive.

There have been hundreds of studies on color and cognition. It all makes for interesting reads.

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