A splash of colour - and lots of de-cluttering!Some days ago, the painting of our home was finally done. When it started, although our flat is small, it did seem like it would never end and we just couldn't wait to get our house back! When finally it was done, we were thrilled. We selected different colours for each room and even one wall in a contrasting colour which would be different from the colour on the other three walls. The painting supervisor with a serious frown commented that most people chose one colour only and that would it not look odd to have varied hues in a room and also different in each room? We grinned and assured him that we were sure of our choices, that we were "odd" people, that we did not do what everyone else generally did! He laughed at that and, in the end, admitted that the home did look nice with a splash of colour. The same reaction was emitted by the seniormost painter Jayprakash. With 30 years of experience, seemed to think of us as very strange people and, from his expression, did look as though his sense of colour aesthetics had been affronted, but resigned himself to making the customer happy, as that was his aim, after all. He was a cheerful person and very sincere, did not waste a single minute at any time. Hats off to him!
The selection of colours was exciting and huge fun. We visited the online visualizer website of Asian Paints and played around with the shades, trying them out on the given room images there as well as on uploaded photos of our rooms (though the former feature was far better). It was wonderful to discover the wide range and the unique names of the shades, such as sunkissed yellow, lotus pond, sugar nut, etc. It was good we visited the site as we were initially given a four-page standard shade card and only after we saw the site and requested for more options that we got a nice big stack of shades to select from. So remember that when you paint your home - ask for the full range and not just the small shade foldable card.
It was, of course, a long-winding experience of a month and a lot of adjustments needed to be made, moving to one room when the other was done and vice-versa, but by the end of it all, it was well worth it. The biggest plus point was the de-cluttering which took place. We decided to be very firm and remove things which had been kept for various reasons and thinking "we may need this someday". We have also made a neat pile of children's books which we plan to donate to a nearby school. Just letting go of things can be sometimes really tough, but it is better to do so now than leave behind a legacy of clutter for somebody to clear up when that special invite comes from above!
Have any of you been through a similar experience of redoing your home, the adjustments, the relief when it is over, the happiness at the final outcome, the de-cluttering...do share your wonderful, maybe funny moments.