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Do you live with a colorphobe?

By Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows January 31, 2013

When I was growing up, my father hated the idea of anything other than white walls, which was unfortunate because our house was filled with a wife and daughters who loved the idea of putting some color in there! It required a lot of compromise when my mom painted the dining room red. (And red it remains to this day.)

If, like my mother, you live with someone who just isn’t OK with the idea of brightly colored (or any sort of colored) walls, Houzz has some ideas to bring pops of color to your home. Here are a few of our favorites. Take a look at the rest here.

  • Just do a little bit of color at a time. If a purple accent wall makes the colorphobe break out in hives, get some beautiful deep purple velvet throw pillows. Or a painting that is saturated with your color of choice (at least it is something on the walls!).
  • Houzz suggests using green, since “Green is perhaps the easiest hue for the color-shy to accept. The reason: It anchors the natural world around us, and we’re used to large doses at a time.” And there are so many shades from pale seafoam to vibrant grass to rich emerald.
  • Try it out in a seldom-seen space. A colorphobe might not want to sleep in a brightly-colored bedroom, but surely your guests wouldn’t mind? And maybe you don’t want to shower or apply makeup in a rainbow-hued room, but that half bath in the basement might be just the place for espresso walls.
  • Houzz also reminds us that there’s a whole outdoor world to get colorful with. Colorful furniture, umbrellas, etc. will all add some pop and fizz – outside the house. And if you’re in the market for new windows, Marvin’s 19 standard clad colors and unlimited custom clad color options could be just the ticket to put some color in your home!