My fiancé Justin and I purchased our first house together because of its gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and forest. We knew it was a “fixer-upper,” but the nearest cities with decent selections of home improvement, department, and hardware stores are 200 miles away. Living where we do, online shopping is a necessity–Amazon, Overstock, and any websites offering free shipping have become our best friends!
For the most part, we have similar taste in design, and we agreed the biggest decorating flaw in the house is that the entire interior is painted beige–walls, trim, shelving, and even the huge rough-cut beams. Changing this became our mission.
We can spend hours planning upcoming projects, and when it comes to things like choosing a bedspread, Justin will do his best to act interested… for a while. Then, after inevitable disagreement, he tells me “Whatever you pick will be fine, honey.”
I could spend DAYS shopping online to find the exact design, color, and price I want — and I would happily do the same thing in the store if given the chance. But when the only time you have for actually visiting these stores is a weekend trip, with the fiancé tagging along trying to be patient (when really all he wants to do is go to Buffalo Wild Wings), then online shopping is the best option!
Battle of the Beige
We decided to tackle the bedrooms first in our beige-removal quest. After much discussion about wall colors, I convinced Justin that other colors besides gray are acceptable–dusty blue for the spare bedroom and sage green for the master.
In the meantime, I finally chose a comforter set online: solid blocks of color, with scattered leaves, clearly described on the website as ‘blue and brown,’ and looked grayish-blue in the photo. I persuaded Justin to swap the bedroom colors and put blue in the master to match.
While awaiting the arrival of the comforter, we got busy painting. It was all freshly painted, and looking much cheerier than the beige.
Then, the comforter arrived — GREEN and brown. As if mocking us, the shade of green nearly exactly matches the green we decided NOT to use in the master bedroom. Justin had not been thrilled with my insistence on changing the colors in the first place — and with cathedral ceilings, repainting will not be happening anytime soon.
Learned the Hard Way
I urge all ‘online-interior-decorators’ to be cautious of product photos on websites. Double-check product descriptions with real, live people before purchasing anything you need in a specific color. If you love the product anyway, go for it–but wait to paint the room until after it arrives! It is much easier to match paint to a comforter, than a comforter to paint!
To be honest, I hardly notice the mismatching colors anymore. But I do wonder if people think we were planning the cheesy, outdoor scene our master bedroom became: the brown half of the comforter as dirt, the background and leaves as grass and trees, and the blue walls as the sky.
I learned my lesson about making interior decorating purchases from a website. Maybe someday we’ll spend another Saturday repainting the rooms with our original color scheme, but for now, the ‘outdoor scene’ is a fun memory of our first decorating project together.