Sunday, February 1, 2009

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.” - John Barrymore

I still seem to be on this "home-of-my-own" kick from last week... Today I'm obsessing over painted front doors - not your typical white or brown (or dare I say BEIGE), but cheery entrances that stand out from the other houses on the block.

I spent nearly five months in northeastern India in 2007 and absolutely fell in love with all of the brightly painted buildings - pink, green, blue, purple... Strict studio art teachers would have probably shuddered at the hodgepodge of paint, the lack of proper color wheel relationships; however, the fact that everything was mismatched brought these otherwise dissimilar color pairings together. The colorful collage against the green, jungle-covered foothills brought a smile to my face every day.

It would be nice if more people in the Western world (specifically McMansion-wearied America) followed suit and painted their homes brighter colors. It seems home-owners are only brave enough to paint their front doors; however, I think it is a fantastic start for those intimidated by color. Even if the entire house isn't painted a brilliant tone, painting the lone front door - generally the focal point of a home - creates a fantastic contrast and truly makes the house stand out in the best of ways.



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