How Has Your Taste in Color Evolved?

I grew up in a room painted just a blush past white, but when I was 12 or 13 I decided it was time for a change. I wanted as much color as possible, and my mom's idea was to paint each wall a different color (see a sample above). Oh man.

It was great when I was a teenager, but after college I decided I didn't want to come home to visit a crazy room any more. We painted the walls a light yellow, which is much easier on the eyes and works well with the wood. I kept most of my childhood knickknacks (including a rather prodigious collection of homemade sand art bottles), but my more "grown up" way of adding bright color was with pillows and some patterned curtains.

Obviously lots of change happens in your early 20s, and I went through a big shift in color preference then too. I studied in Paris and subsequently developed a love of deep gray (and scarves), repainted that bedroom, and decided that white walls weren't all that bad.

Now I live in an apartment painted gray and "landlord white." I've always liked blue, and since buying a blue-green scarf in 2004 my favorite color has been dark teal. I still love strong colors (in the right places) and still really hate beige.

How do you feel your color preferences have changed over the years?

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Kim has been sharing creative projects and ideas as a Contributor to Apartment Therapy since 2010. Her writing highlights stylish, budget-friendly solutions to common household problems. Kim is a fluent French speaker and a houseplant enthusiast.

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