Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Colors of Nature

My husband decided to take the week off of work to paint the basement. Good times! :)

We tossed around a lot of color ideas. Do we go with a golden yellow? (No, the wood floors had too much yellow. Not enough contrast.) How about something taupe? (No, we're tired of taupe. The great room is already that color.) Maybe a high contrast color like a terra cotta? (Naw. Just didn't feel right.)

Finally, I found this paint swatch and realized what the real problem was. Our basement needed not one but two colors.

Harmonic Tan would work well for the stairway, main walls, and adjoining bathroom. But for drama, the darker River Bank would make a nice accent color for the small hallway, television wall, and back wall.

As the color went on the walls, I realized why I loved the color combination so much. It's a dead ringer for Stampin' Up's River Rock and Always Artichoke! When SU brought back River Rock this year, I was so happy! River Rock is a nice neutral with just a hint of a green undertone.

Greens always give a soothing feeling of nature and balance. Our walkout basement has lovely views of the backyard, woods, and nature preserve beyond. These colors manage to bring the outdoors in. I'm really lovin' it! (Of course, I'll love it more when the work is done and the painter's tape is removed!)

Todays' card uses this simple color scheme.

{recipe: Nature Walk (SU), Happy Harmony (SU), river rock card stock and ink, always artichoke card stock and ink, black ink}

Thanks for stopping by today! Blessings on your weekend!


  1. Love this card! One of my favorite new sets.

  2. The card colors are my kitchen colors. No wonder I love it!