If you had asked me at any given time, during most of my life, what my least favorite color is, I would tell you without any hesitation ... orange.
Given the fact that I have a fairly quiet and calm personality, orange always seemed to grate on my senses. Too loud. Too brash. Just so...not me.
So why am I considering painting my kitchen a luscious shade of this formerly abhored color? I just cannot seem to get enough of the lovely shades of pumpkin... cinnamon... curry... paprika.... I am feeling the need to be enveloped by it. It now offers me a feeling of warmth, coziness and happiness. My kitchen has a large bay window looking out over the back woods and receives all of the morning sun. There is no better place to curl up with a good book and a warm dog.
This dichotomy also extends to my artwork. My prefered palette when working with paper and found objects is subtle, aged, sage and sepia-toned. I find these colors warm and reassuring. However, when working with fabric, I am usually drawn towards bright and colorful pinks, mauves, raspberry and yellows. What extremes!
What are your preferred palettes?


Blogger Holly Stinnett said...

One of my favorite colors is orange. I use it quite often in my work and wear it too. I'm a natural blonde and always wanted to be a redhead, so several years ago I did that too. I love firey colors! My studio is painted in a subdued pumpkin color and I can tell you that it's so invigorating and comfortable. Go for it! You'll love the look!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 2:36:00 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

Hmmm Interesting!! My least favorite is orange, too -- you've made me think here....

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 3:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find myself drawn to deep green and deep blue colors. I always have to keep a good supply of paints in various intense hues of green and blue.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 6:01:00 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

How funny, Deb. I say this because I used to be a creamy blue, wine-red person. Now I steer clear of blue at every opportunity & I sooooo into the earthy tones...
With that said, you must KNOW how I adore the idea of your painting your kitchen one of those luscious shades... Those speak to me of fall - of the earth - of being centered and grounded - and oh, so artistic! Go for it, and then post a pic!
Happy Turkey day, sweetie.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006 1:35:00 AM  
Blogger kerrip said...

Hi Deb,
Thanks for visiting my blog. My palette on paper has always been ocre, wine & olive green - even when I try to deviate I end up with some variation of these colors, but this year I am drawn to bright pink & orange. I love orange for a kitchen. Very warm & foody!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 9:18:00 AM  
Blogger Shari Beaubien said...

It's funny you should post this, Deb. My house is painted quite a rainbow of colors, depending on the room. After trying 3 different colors in our retreat off the master bedroom, we (I) settled on orange. It is my absolute, hands-down favorite room in the house and I'd never have expected it. You go girl! Hugs, Shari

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Hi Deb, thanks for visiting my blog, and for your kind comments xo.
My kitchen is a linen colour right now..a sort of greyed beige..BORING!
Until I went 'bland' I had a gorgeous terra cotta colour, and I felt happy every time I walked into the room. AND I cooked more ..Those warm colours are the way to go for a kitchen..go for it. You won't regret it..and when you're finished painting..pop over and do mine would you..??

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 5:26:00 PM  
Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

the colors you are going with for your kitchen are great background colors for art on the wall or other kitchen accessories - but will also lend themselves to such warmth. I did mine at one time in shades of a goldish yellow that I fauxed over with a terracotta..it looked very Tuscan. I hope you will take pics when you are done.
My preferred palette runs the gamut depending on the project. My faves being shades of blue and green.

Thursday, November 23, 2006 1:38:00 AM  
Blogger AnnieElf said...

Like you, Deb, orange just makes me cringe. I never use it unless I absolutely must. I love earthy Tuscan colors, soft colors of the garden overwhelmed by fog, and just an occasional punch of color to liven things up - rubies and sapphires and emeralds.

Saturday, November 25, 2006 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger Patti Gramza said...

Deb, this makes me giggle, because my Mom tells me that as long as she can remember, when asked what my favorite color is.....I would say orange! I think orange and those tones, are alive and vibrant, yet comforting and warm! I hope you find just the right shade and I think you will love it!!!!Yes yes! Hugs,Patti

Saturday, November 25, 2006 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Kristen R said...

Okay what happened to Ms Sepia goddess. I love the idea of the color in your kitchen!!!!!!

Sunday, November 26, 2006 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

That is a hard question. I am a color person. Neutrals just don't do it for me in my personal spaces...however, when I see rooms in magazines that are neutral...I think they are lovely. But I need more stimulation. It depends on my mood, the project, the time of year....so many things. Red seems to be a constant though. Right now I am loving aquas and pinks...soft sagey colors...bright ceery colors....oh dear..I just can't choose!

Sunday, November 26, 2006 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger cinderelly said...

i too, feel the same way about orange, and recently found myself considering a color in the orange 'spice' range for my work area. i went with a different color in the end though. you can take a peek at it if you like, as i did it recently, and posted it on my blog. your blog is really nice!

Sunday, November 26, 2006 5:46:00 PM  
Blogger One Crabapple said...

oh ! it is my hair color ! laughing

I can come into your kitchen and blend right in !

I can't be an appliance tho !

But I would certainly camoflague right into the wall.

Love, S.

ps you are right ! we are so lucky to be able to redo ourselves like this.

Monday, November 27, 2006 7:59:00 PM  
Blogger One Crabapple said...

ops I had not finished reading the post !

Actually I love your choice of colors for your kitchen...that pallette ... beautiful and warm and it gives me insight to you !

Well after years away from blues...I seem to be gettng back into BLUE.

Monday, November 27, 2006 8:03:00 PM  
Blogger kathywas said...

Well, Deb..I would say that your tastes are alike like mine! I've never been much into orange, either, or yellow; BUT, I'm probably going to repaint my kitchen in a goldish-yellow. Go figure!

Saturday, December 02, 2006 5:39:00 PM  

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