Last week I showed you some of my favorite rooms that incorporate the color orange, and it got me thinking. How do you know if you can live with a certain color if you've never tried it before? There are levels of commitment. Here we'll do a case study with pink.
Ah, pink. It's controversial. I think you either love it or hate it. Personally, I love it, but an entire pink wall is quite a commitment, and a pink rug
is a big investment. If you feel unsure, it's safer to add a little pop of it here and there before jumping into an all-out pink room.
You can bring a color into a room in a lot of ways. Here are some levels of commitment, from a tiny flirtation to a full on marriage:
1) Floral Arrangements: In terms of commitment, flowers require only about a week's worth.
2) Small Accessories: A tray or a pillow
can be rotated out if you tire of the color.
3) Paint: You could choose to paint a piece of furniture
(this is inexpensive; if you get bored with it, paint it another color later).
4) Upholstery: Slipcovers can be temporary
, a full on re-upholstery job can be costly, but worth it if you're sure.
5) Bigger Fabric Pieces: A little more commitment is required for a duvet cover
or curtains, though you can find bargains if you look hard enough, and if you are a sewer, you can do this inexpensively.
6) Artwork: As you get more serious, perhaps a work of art (or that ubiquitous "Like Forever" poster) will work. If you have the urge, create your own wall art
7) Rugs: While wall-to-wall is a huge commitment, throw
rugs aren't such a big deal.
8)Walls: Paint can be changed, but wallpaper
is a real pain to switch out. I suggest trying to score a yard of any paper you like, tacking it to the wall, and living with it for awhile. At the end of this ideabook, we'll dive into a full-on pink explosion - we'll work our way up to that one.