I am generally a decisive person. I chose the College of Charleston with such conviction I never even mailed off any other applications. When I decided to buy a house I did it in a matter of a week. I decided I wanted to be a writer and I wrote, the stories just pouring out of me. When faced with major life altering decisions, I will weigh the pros and cons of each option, but then I commit to one, never second guessing. So I am in a bit of a quandary as to why selecting a new color for my front door has led to months of mulling and waffling.
My house is a warm gray with white trim and black shutters. The door is currently black as well and I have always found it to be a bit boring. I have a natural penchant for things red and it is a classic door color, but it is also somewhat predictable. I am all for tradition and love classic design, but I loathe being cookie cutter or expected. On a trip to Dublin Ireland I was taken by the charm of the door colors around the city and was particularly drawn to the green ones. Green would be a bit unexpected, but not too out there, like say purple ( I like purple, just not as a door color on my gray house).
So I originally brought home about twenty paint chips, about two-thirds green and one third red. I agonized and culled it down to five, interestingly only one is red. Then I began to overthink it. What does the color say about me? What message would it send? In my mind red tells a visitor you are welcome, this is a cheerful home with a traditional and confident homemaker. Green on the other hand, while also welcoming, says this homemaker is a bit unpredictable and likes a modern twist on a classic. Pardon me while I scream my frustration with myself, IT’S ONLY A PAINT COLOR!
Somehow this minor decision has become a major statement on who I am. Can I be summed up in a paint color? I think not, I am a bit more complicated and I would dare say multi-colored than that. Besides, I can change my mind quite easily and just repaint if I find I don’t want to live long-term with my decision, much easier to switch then say the purchase of a car or major appliance. So why the angst? I bet a psychiatrist could have a lot of fun with this.
So what is an indecisive girl to do? Well, I have not finalized my decision, but I have committed to a deadline for a decision. I will make my choice by December 31st so that my first weekend project of the new year will be to paint my door. If there is one thing I have learned to do well is to make a plan and commit to it.
Just like a book is revealed in its pages, not its cover, a home is revealed by its atmosphere not its door color. So with a new year I will have a new door color and regardless of what that color might be I know my house will say you are welcome and this is a place to feel at home.