The foremost reason that my husband hated our house and resisted the idea of buying it was because of the paint colors. Forget neutrals, our house was on the dramatic end of the color wheel. The oddest thing of all was that after the renters moved out, the owners repainted it these colors. On purpose. It would have been one thing if it was just a creative person’s odd taste. But to consider lavender and lime green as selling points is another issue entirely.
I suppose it helped us out. The house had been on the market for a while and the sellers were ready to bargain. As I peered at the house through my giant rose colored glasses, I thought, “Painting will be fun.” It isn’t. I don’t care what HGTV says, it isn’t fun.
I chose to paint most of the house white, December Starlight to be exact. I could tell on the faces of my friends that they couldn’t believe it. “White?” asked Matt, “But that is pretty plain.” But I love it. My whole life I have wanted to live in an ocean cottage somewhere, white walls, white sheers flowing in open windows. In addition, after years of living in neutral apartments and rent houses, I had amassed a very colorful blend of artwork and furnishings. So choosing a color would have been impossible.
Here are some of my before and after pictures.