Sunday, September 4, 2011

Parakeet Pete

So there are 5 paint samples on the wall behind the nursery door. I've been chasing a certain color for a few weeks and could never quite get it. After yet another trip to Lowe's and one more trip through the paint section, I found it. I went home and put a swatch on the wall. It was exactly the color I'd been chasing-- the perfect mix of blue and green. But it was DARK. It was BOLD. I specialize in neutrals so this was different for me. I was scared. Hold me! :)

So I called P upstairs to try to talk me through it. Should we or shouldn't we? Would our khakis and our whites still work with our newly chosen paint, Parakeet Pete? We talked and went back and forth. Should we go with lighter or darker? Do we want subtle or "kick ass", as Poncho said. Then I called mom. She helped. She pointed out that the contrast in dark walls and light furniture would really make the room pop-- and after all, paint is temporary. If we get it up and hate it, we can fix it.

Then out of the corner of my eye, I noticed an antique rose print I currently have hanging on the wall in the room. My parents bought the print on a trip to Paris back in the early nineties and somehow it found its way to my house. The mat is exactly the color of the Parakeet Pete paint. The frame is a dark gold. And much of the print itself is white. My color palette has been hanging on the wall this whole time and I hadn't even noticed.

So the dark, bold blue/green paint is what we're going with. And the crib is getting painted white today. I'm going out on a limb here for this room and I want it to be good! So I'm crossing my fingers that it's going to be as great as I think it is!

Parakeet Pete (Notice the color of the bird.)


tomorrowsmemoriesphotography said...

Oh girl, that IS bold... but bold is good! I know you will pull it off beautifully! I'm just like you... neutral is my game because it's "safe". Color terrifies me... LOL!!! I can't wait to see it on the walls!

I'm so excited for you!!!