You Do Not Have to Change Everything
|Changing or updating your living space can feel like an insult to your past decorating skills; as if you are, all of a sudden, questioning the judgment of your beloved collectibles. Even if you live in a truly fabulous old Victorian home, honestly, living out "everyday life" in a Victorian Parlor can become, well, a bit of a downer. Things may have been top-to-bottom perfect ten years ago, but now it is time to consider breathing in some new life and excitement to your area. I think that this decision is healthy not only the house but also for its occupant. Are you ready to introduce some new spice and interest into your tired space? GREAT! Let me just come out and say it: CHANGE IS GOOD!|
I will use myself as an example. Ten years or so ago I loved what I commonly referred to as "Red-on-Red." "All Reds go together!" I would preach it because I was passionate about it. Those reds just looked so rich and regal to me. Flashing forward to present day, I have to say that I STILL LOVE red. Always will. I'm not getting rid of my red Victorian pieces, or saying out with all the reds and in with a brand-new color! I am just infusing my existing decor with some new colors and fresh ideas that I have discovered while helping others decorate their beloved spaces. You DO NOT have to give up your love for Victorian feel. YOU DO, however, have the power to create new interest and intrigue in your tired surroundings. How exciting! How FUN! My point is simple: Even those timeless and picture-perfect rooms need, and deserve, jazzing up every now and again.
I am now LOVING the warm mangos and coppery passion fruit tones layered in with my beloved reds. These unexpected color pops are what I call "transition colors." The clinical term for them is "tertiary colors," but I will get to that in a second. These vibrant, and unexpected colors, flirt with the eyes; they make you catch your breath and sigh, ahhhh! These quirky little pops of color perk your interest and tease you toward so many exciting new possibilities! I am LOVING experimenting with these blends because they create exciting "visual textures" that are not achievable with just red-on-red, or tone-on-tone.
Cynthia, how on earth do I find my perfect transitional color to blend in with my existing scheme?
I'm so happy that you asked! Please check The Gipson Girl's Honest Blog next month for MORE tips and instruction on exactly how to experiment with this technique. I will share my secrets to selecting those perfect secondary and tertiary colors. HINT: No, it is not just a lucky-good guess; it is learning how to read the color wheel. So get excited, ladies! More information (and possibly a FUN workshop?) Let me know what you think on our Face Book page.
As always -- BE BRAVE! ~ Cynthia