I've always loved houses with character, whether it be old houses with odd nooks and crannies and interesting shaped walls, or houses where you walk in and are deluged with a clear sense of the owner's personality, from the furniture, the art on the walls, the color of the rooms.
My new house, like most houses we looked at, was pretty generic -- rectangular rooms, neutral colors on the floors and walls. The past week has been spent making it ours-- the kitchen is now ivory and mauve, the dining room a glorious golden organge, the living room a joyful aqua blue. My youngest picked a bright, happy lavendar and my oldest picked a calm apricot for their rooms. My twins didn't get a choice, as their room had wallpaper on one wall and I had no interest in stripping it, but it's a nice mushroomy color, with lines of roses on the wallpaper that remind me of their all-time favorite book series -- RedWall, by Brian Jacques -- a fitting room indeed. My living room is still nuetral, but it's topped with cheerful sunflower border. I'm planning on painting one hall a soft, minty green and I'm still debating on what color to choose for my office -- maybe tones of cerulean.
I think my hubby is still in shock over the blue living room, but I adore it. One those dull winter days when it seems the whole world has been sapped of color, I plan to lie on my living room floor and breathe deeply!