Let me define for you what a color emergency is: they often include a very stressed out and overwhelmed home owner in the middle of having painters or painting their home, with scattered furniture begging to be put back in their place back to restore order. These are common and familiar phone calls. I had a color emergency yesterday. At the time the homeowner thought painting the whole house seemed like a great idea. In this case the mission was a much needed change of pace by removing the wall paper that was outdated with busy patterns that stood out like sore thumbs and replace with a light clean color.
Often, people execute change by exchanging opposites (light for dark, serious for fun, long for short). The question to ask ourselves when we are looking to make a decor change, or add something new, is not what the opposite is but what is next.
This homeowner chose Sherwin Williams Navajo White for her walls and ceilings. She was erasing pinks and blues from her home, so thinking that this would give her a blank canvas for what was to come next, she found that, as the wall color began to spread, instead of feeling excited for a new look, she ended up feeling erased. Outdated as it was, the wall paper filled the rooms with personality and self-expression.
So I got in my car and like I have done many times and arrived in the nick of time! I hope she sends me pictures so I can post them. We went from Sherwin Williams Navajo White to this: