Special Edition Author Christine Rimmer reveals her not-so-secret passion for a house of many colors...and she has a giveaway too!
First off, I have a confession. When it comes to my clothing, I can be color-challenged. I’ve been known to wear black almost as often as a native New Yorker. And gray and white, as well.
But if you’re talking about living spaces—my home, in particular—give me color! Lots and lots of color! At my house, color really does tempt me. And it also satisfies me. There’s nothing like a great color on the walls of any given room to brighten my day. Or make me feel cozy and warm. Or to soothe me. Or to inspire.
Last year about this time, my husband and I and our two cats, Tom and Ed, took on a major relocation: from Norman, Oklahoma to Portland, Oregon. I loved our new house here in Oregon on sight. But when it came to colors…there weren’t any. Except for the two smaller bedrooms, which were yellow and pink, everything else was off-white. And yet more off-white. As always, I had a book to write and I was already running behind due to the time-suck of the move itself.
I told my husband we would just move in and live in the off-white house for at least a year. And then slowwwwly tackle putting color on the walls room by room. My husband smiled. And then proceeded to explain to me that in the long run, if we put the whole house together and then took it apart to paint later, we would be doing twice the work.
I didn’t argue with him. Partly because he’s the painter—and he’s an expert at it. He’s wonderful with a roller or a brush. I’m not even allowed near a can of paint. Which is just fine with me. What I am pretty good at is picking wall colors.
And so the fun began….
For a couple of months, I spent a good portion of every Saturday at the local Sherwin Williams paint store, studying samples until my eyes crossed, choosing just the right color for each of the rooms. My darling husband did the rest. And beautifully, as always.
For the entry and living/formal dining room, I chose a lovely, soothing green: Koi Pond. For the family room and kitchen, we went darker than many would have. But we like it cozy. And if we want more light, we just turn on a lamp. So for the heart of the house: Plantation Brown. For the powder room: Grapy. Hey, why not a purple powder room? And for my office: White Raisin above the chair rail, Old World Gold below. We painted the guest bath a yellow-brown: Meadowlark. And our master bedroom and bath are now Haymarket (which is a deep, rich gold). The yellow bedroom we left the original color. And the pink became Tempting Teal. Yep. There’s that word again. I love all the colors I chose. And I love the names of them, too.
Next week, we’ll be hosting our first big family holiday here. I can’t wait to sit at my dining room table in my Koi Pond living area with all the people I love the most for our first Thanksgiving in Portland. It’s good to be home. And I’m so glad I let my husband tempt me with color as soon as we moved in.
Do you like color in the rooms of your house? Or do you prefer the soothing background of a nice off-white? Leave a comment for a chance to win Christine’s current holiday release, A BRAVO HOMECOMING. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, everyone!
A USA TODAY- bestselling author, Christine Rimmer has written eighty contemporary romances for Harlequin Books. Christine has won the Romantic Times BOOKreviews Reviewers Choice Award and has been nominated three times for the RITA Award. She lives in Oregon with her family. Visit Christine at christinerimmer.com