It has been a wicked winter across the country. Unprecedented snow in Hawaii, Arizona and the city of Seattle. Avalanches and flooding. Shaking off the February Funk was difficult. This post was planned as a winter color inspo, but hey, February Funk…and now we’re on the cusp of spring, regardless of the inconsistent weather.
While some may tout hygge naturals, farmhouse whites, rustic weathered wood, color is always needed. Especially during the dark gray winters in the places where nature is sleeping. Because humans do not hibernate. Color helps stimulate.
Did you ever notice how many art supply sales there are during the winter months? You needn’t be a Rembrandt, Van Gogh or Monet to paint. For an instant lift, paint an easel. I had this one which I decided to paint pink (custom-made chalk paint).
Instant lift. And a fun color. This is great to display just about anything, just about anywhere. Use it to hold a chalkboard, display your children’s artwork, bring it outside to hold a garage sale sign. (It will get the attention of every driver.) Paint a tabletop easel you might use in the kitchen for your cookbooks or tablet and get cooking. Many childrens’ easels are made in primary colors, so express your own inner child and have some fun.
Customize all those framed photos and artwork around the house. Garage sales and thrift stores are great places to buy frames cheaply. Buy for size and then paint them.
I decided to highlight one of the colors in this map print that was in a dull wood frame. Didn’t prime and used craft paint for a deliberate imperfect look. My apologies for the blurry photo.
For this photo, I painted one thin coat of aqua to enhance the tropical feel of a plain white frame.
And for this photo print, I used a grey wash on the wood to complement the beach scene.
There’s no need to make yourself crazy trying to find the perfect frame, when all you need to do is add a little paint. If you have black and white prints or photos, a glossy red frame would really pop. So before you start spending all day outside, or go shopping for colorful accessories, add some color to what you already have with a little paint. You can always paint over it.