Would You Go Colorful or Conservative?

Would You Go Colorful or Conservative?

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Janel Laban
May 24, 2010

We just moved to a bigger condo and the one piece of furniture we need for our new space is a dining table. Our old place limited us to a very small-space-friendly table and one of the main reasons for making this move was the desire to be able to have a sit down dinner with more than two guests...so table shopping commenced.

Well, not so much table shopping as table ordering, because I've had my eye on the Blu Dot X-Large Strut table for quite awhile. I like the simple shape, clean lines and the size and the scale is absolutely perfect for the space we have available in our new place - it's really long and fairly narrow. So, an easy purchase? Of course not!

I had to pick a color and went back and forth about it many times - I usually can be quite decisive but this choice was throwing me off my game. My favorite color that the table comes in is Watermelon - an intense, just-right hot pink - a shot of color that my mostly neutral living/dining room needs. But, a big PINK table just felt like it might be over the top for such a major purchase so I kept saying that I was going to order the Ivory...even though I was a little sad about it.

Luckily, just before hitting "add to cart", I spent a week in NYC and popped in to the Blu Dot shop in ABC Carpet and Home, where they have a strut table in Watermelon on display. It looked delicious. They also had samples of the other finishes on hand and the Ivory, was, well, very Ivory. It wasn't a bad color, but it felt too soft for the look I want.

So, feeling confident, I ordered the Watermelon and it will be delivered tomorrow - I can't wait. But on the eve of this color plunge, I thought I'd ask...when it comes to furniture purchases, have you ever gone colorful rather conservative? Have you followed your heart and hoped for the best or does the more stable choice usually win out?

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