The Imperative Month by Barbara Boothe Loyd
March is an imperative month,
like a bossy teacher putting students
in line for a graduation ceremony.
March 1st, the Valedictorian's place,
second is the Salutatorian, on through
the ranks until the last grad, the 31st.
Perhaps a C student, the Ides is average,
those following plug along in line,
giddy that their school years are complete.
The brassy lions and humble lambs often
put the line out of order, with gale force
or balmy temperaments,and tussles between
bullies and door mats.
"March forth!" shouts the determined director,
"Keep the line moving in an orderly fashion."
If the economy stabilizes, homeowners begin investing more money into their homes, particularly the aesthetics. During difficult economic times, design influence returns to holistic, spiritual and simplistic elements that reflect the richness of life that abounds in nature, relationships, and spirituality.
Dutch Boy brand paint categorizes four different palette personalities and trends:
PURIST = Nature rules with colors of branches, grass and dark earth underneath the feet. It's a soothing relief, a retreat from the hectic, it's terra firma brought indoors. Purists are concerned about their impact on the world and care deeply about finding balance. Purist colors are natural shades of herbal teas, the stones in the stream as the water rushes over them and the yellow-green of buds pushing up through the springtime earth.
SEEKER=A seeker goes beyond the ordinary to showcase shades influenced by history and architecture. Rich, complex hues give this color palette personality. The important things to a seeker are creating meaning, spirituality and beauty in life. Colorful objects made of precise, hexagonal tiles to stylized, architectural furniture are quintessential to the seeker.
MUSE=Creating a palette that's all about feeling and experiencing turns on a muse. They prefer colors that swaddle and soothe the soul. It's a color style that reflects the need for sanctuary. Attention to design details and just the right sensory colors bring muse to life. This palette is infused with rich details, fine fabrics and soft twilight shades of blush pinks, rosy peach and lilac.
STORYTELLER=The storyteller shows off colors that reflect a life well lived through travel and varied interests. Furniture and colors from afar add a vibrant touch to the home and bring life to tales from foreign lands. Everything a storyteller sees during her travels inspires her home design and color choices. The storyteller is brave explorer.
Many people will combine and blend more than one of the four palettes into spaces that reflect distinctiveness. For instance, an airy, light-filled room might be held to earth by chunky furniture or given flight with watercolor prints. Blending personalities could have a muse kitchen, storyteller family room , and a combined purist and seeker dining room.
However you decorate, don't be afraid to express yourself. You can check out various palettes at www.DutchBoy.com. Sears and Wal-Mart carry their paints.