So, remember when I said I was worried about getting the paint colour wrong?
I played it cool when choosing. I didn’t come home with 27 choices from 7 different colour families. I know my colours. I was looking for that magically periwinkle blue – pure, inspiring, beautiful. I looked at my options in the daytime, at dusk, be lamplight. I looked at them against the colour-blocked wall.
I felt sure when I settled on Lavender Twilight.
This was it.
Justin picked up the paint and we were ready to roll. We didn’t dive right in but decided to really do it right. I spackled any cracks and holes. Justin sanded. Then the moment came. Justin put that Lavender Twilight on the wall with one sure and swift stroke.
And I hated it.
His shoulders slumped.
“Let’s wait until it’s dry to be sure,” I said, trying to be reassuring but both of us knowing there was no point. I thought, “Could I just live with this colour?” Just exactly the question I asked myself when my precious desk arrived and one of the pieces was not what I’d wanted, “Could I just live with it?”
I looked at the paint chips, my confidence rattled by the “fail”. How many cans of paint would it take to get it right?
So I walked into the paint store with an idea. I asked them if they could tell me the make-up of the colour. Maybe if I could hear the component pieces I could figure out what it was I didn’t like. It seemed to me there was something a little too pink, a little taupy, something that dulled the colour out. Maybe I could choose something else without the problematic pigment.
I explained my idea to the paint expert and he checked the formula: magenta, blue and black.
Now there was magic. The last time my life transformed and I moved into an entirely new space I picked a colour I adored for the walls: entanglement. What was it made up of? magenta, blue and black.
So what was the problem?
The paint expert said, “You know, it’s probably a bit too much magenta. Why don’t we do this. I’ll put all the blue and black in and then we can add a few drops of magenta, another few, another few, as slow as you like, and you can decide when it’s right for you. We’ll save the formula for you and put it on the can so you can get more if you ever need it.”
“You mean…. it would be my very own colour?”
“Yep, you could name it if you want, anything you like. We’ll print that on the label.”
And that’s how I’m going to get my very own Studio Blue!