Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took on two interior painting projects that I had been meaning to do for some time. Sam hates to paint. HATES.TO.PAINT. I actually like painting. Something about the repetitive processes, the fact that it is always the same - you tape, you trim, you paint, you paint, you remove tape... it puts the lotion in the basket, it does this whenever.... Oh shit, whatever. I just like to paint.
We have a finished basement and on one side of it is the "man cave" while on the other side is my "gym" area. A long time ago the entire room had beige carpet and white walls. Oh, the horror.... About 8 years ago I decided to have a redo, or at least a portion of a full makeover. We replaced the carpet with wood floor and painted, upgraded the furniture... We picked a lovely color called "witchhazel" for the man cave portion. Sam wanted the gym area to be vibrant and inspire us to work out. He got stuck on the idea of yellow. Gods, I hate that color. I grew up in a house with faded yellow siding. My mom's kitchen was yellow - that 1970's Tupperware looking yellow.... ewwwwww. Yellow is probably my least favorite color in general. Sorry yellow, I just can't warm up to you. We did finally "agree" (I gave in because I was sick of the discussion) on a shade and up went the new paint.
Fast forward almost a decade. I have used the yellow gym well and even put up artwork that fostered a sense of accepting it. But, the whole room is in need of a serious overhaul and we have discussed options for that. Meanwhile, my training practices have changed somewhat and I am incorporating more yoga, spending more time stretching, meditating, etc. in my space. I need some Zen of color and yellow is not giving it to me!
So, I thought about the feeling I wanted to create, a feeling that will be even more enveloping when we do the full renovation because I will actually have an additional wall in my space, making it more closed off from the man cave portion of the room. Don't worry - I promise pictures of that when the time comes!
The color I chose was a very cool green called "Contented" and although you can't tell very well in the picture above, it compliments the chair rail paneling really nicely.
Half a day and loads of work later I had a lovely, calming space with lots of room to stretch, work and contemplate the physical (and inner) self. I have art work up now, although it is not in the picture because the paint was still drying. I moved the equipment around too so that I could accommodate the need to make the area feel more open and inviting. When we get the wall in I believe it will actually add to this because it will be in the space where I am taking that picture from and I plan to have a row of mirrors and a handrail for assisting with stretching and other exercises. To accommodate yoga, I can face the direction of the window if I do not want to bring the mirrors into my practice.
It is a multi-functional space and now it actually feels inviting!
Next up.....the dining room!