Radical paint selection? Trust me you wonderful followers, it was not a random decision as you will understand reading my post.

As you check out this before fireplace photo, doesn’t it lack any personality whatsoever? This fireplace could become a focal point of this small kitchen hearth room.

And please, before you suggest that I could have painted the walls instead of the fireplace, if you have seen any of my original posts of moving to our new downsized home, a top priority was to lighten the kitchen with painted cabinets and add this hand-made beautiful white tile backsplash.  Therefore, why would I want to add any darker coloring to the walls when my goal was to lighten and brighten this kitchen hearth room area?

Our kitchen with new darker flooring throughout first floor. What an amazing difference.

For many of us, we are all about lightening up our interior spaces. Research continues to affirms the direct link of our home life to the potential of our enhanced wellbeing. The chapter in my book titled, “Healthy Home=Healthy Life” goes into great detail explaining this home- health connection.

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So in this stage of life, not being inspired and enriched within my own home with lighter spaces and a few bold color statements was not an option. Thank goodness BobBob has been an exceptional design student…even as an engineer! He has learned the justification of all I do design wise that embraces my upgrading goals.

How timely and delightful it was for me to learn of Pantone’s color choice of the year. Since I had already chosen my paint samples, I thought that I was in pretty “Design Smart” company.  But for those of you who follow me, you know that I have always been a blue and white interiors lover forever.

“The Pantone Color of the Year 2020, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a timeless and enduring blue hue, elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of Classic Blue offers the promise of protection. Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, instilling calm and confidence and offering refuge. Stimulating us to look beyond the obvious, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

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Additionally, blue is a classic color dating back to the period of Chinese antiquity. Since blue and white will never ever go out of style, this works perfectly with my design philosophy of classic, timeless interiors.

Now I grant you painting my fireplace blue may be a bit over the top, but why not? It is only paint, probably costs me less than $120.00 plus my time. But how satisfying it was to do something with instant results.

Here are a few of the after photos!

Using such a bold statement color as this blue in a light neutral background requires restraint in the amount use in this very small hearth room area. The adage that too much of a good thing is well, just too much definitely applies to calculating how much is the right amount of color. Larger spaces can handle more color but for us, this was just right.

Look around your home or at least those rooms where you spend a lot of your time. Ask yourself what could be done to kick this room up a notch? Let your imagination have free reign. Who knows what fun exciting upgrades could be made for you!

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