Imagining my Writing Space
On December 30th my son leaves for the Army. Off to Missouri for bootcamp. I’m proud of him, to say the least.
I’m also happy about getting my ‘writing room” back. I’ll finally have an actual writing space again. No more being pushed into the corner, no more worrying about how the clicking of my keyboard might be irritating at 3AM, and no more bookcases and other writing things scattered around the house. Everything will be in one room. I’ll have my own personal writing space again. WOO HOO!.
The first thing I want to do before I move my stuff in there is paint the walls. Do I paint the walls a vibrant color for energy, inspiration, and productivity, or do I choose a more calming color to make me feel relaxed and comfortable. From what I’ve researched blue is one of the best colors to paint an office because it’s the most productive color, whereas red, for example, encourages appetite, and green promotes tranquility and health, or lavender calms the nerves and allows relaxation. And my husband would love it if I painted it a dark blue (his favorite color) but I’m more of a Red or dark Purple kind of woman.
“Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.”
Once I saw the pictures on the color website I realized I would have to go with what felt right for me and “eggplant” with white and a light shade of purple, with a few blueberry, and red colored accents would be right for me. Vibrant colors with a few light colors thrown in to help bring a well rounded mix of creativity, relaxation, tranquility, and productivity would make it my room.
I’d paint my desk and the bookcases in various colors and shades. New handles for the desk (perhaps I might find a few pencil or pen shaped handles). A new lamp (maybe one of those lamps that looks like stacked books). A writer’s clock, a sign for the door, a few trinkets to place on the bookshelves and window sill. And just think, this time next year I’ll have my very own writing room for NaNo.
I imagine a vibrant, cozy, and inspirational room. One that looks like me, that embodies my personality and is functional. Since our guest bedroom/my daughter/ my step-daughter/my grandson’s room needs to be neutral I have yet to figure out what to do with it in regard to color. My step-daughter’s favorite color is purple. My daughter’s favorite color is red. My grandson is too little to have a favorite color yet. And my husband’s favorite color is dark blue. Yet if it were up to me that room would at least have some purple in it. And, since our bedroom has pale lavender with a grey undertone drapes and comforter I’d have to, of course, paint our walls a pale lavender grey. Thus, at least 2/3 rooms in our house would be some shade or other of purple. The dining room will be a shade of red…Which leaves the living room–no way the husband will allow purple in there. 🙁
Back to my writing room…I’ve considered various ways: white walls with purple furniture, lavender walls with white, red, and some shade of blue furniture and accents… I have ideas. And now, while I’m (
patiently) waiting for December to get here, I have time to figure things out. I’ll start hunting flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, etc soon to find another bookcase, some shelves (or things to make shelves and/or bookcases out of)… I’ll figure it all out sooner or later. My husband is more conservative than I am when it comes to color, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m just so excited because by the time I’m able to put it all together I’ll have time to find accessories, time to paint the bookshelves I already have, time to find more shelving, time to re-do my desk and find creative handles, etc. The idea of having a purple chair, a chaise lounge… artwork, bookshelves galore…Just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.