a colour for each season {of life}…

kirra jamison

when i first saw the home of australian artist kirra jamison featured on sf girl by bay yesterday {check the rest out here} it made me smile: a lot…

not just because the colours used throughout are happy, smily colours, but because it reminded me of my last home as a single gal {& the decade leading up to that}…

back then, in my early 30s, my pad was a light & airy one bedroom flat on the third floor of a 70s block with a balcony & a garden view…

i had a huge carved wooden daybed as a sofa, a faded pink vintage garden bench & chairs as dining room seating & soft, playful girly colours throughout which made me happy every time i looked at them…

happy florals

moreover, my decorating style reflected where i was at in life {carefree & spirited} & the colours i incorporated reinforced that: from saffron yellows to soft pinks, warm bursts of orange, peaches & reds…

but as fond as my memories of that time are, it’s not a look i could wholly embrace now, nearly ten years later…

indeed, i’ve been through a few colour phases since then & it makes me curious as to whether the colours we gravitate towards represent, at any given time, a certain phase or season of our life that we’re at…

modern calm

by my mid 30s i found myself moving more towards a sea of soft greens: from seaglass & sage, to the grey-green of the eucalyptus leaf…

this came at a time in my life when i was striving to find balance between being the independent single girl i once was & being half of a firmly-ensconced twosome: i sought & needed the calm & cleansing that this palette promised…

leaf

it turns out it was just the tonic i needed to help me transition from my old life to the new: a rebirth, of sorts…

fast track to a few years later & i was shifting gear yet again, this time to an even simpler palette: natural linens & crisp porcelain whites etched with jet black…

back to basics

looking back, it’s obvious this neutral backdrop has always existed in my life, it had just played second fiddle to the lastest colour craving overlaid upon it…

but then, with a career change afoot & the ill health & subsequent passing of my father, this pared down look came to the forefront & represented a serious need to get back to basics…

white blossom

such starkness was, to a large degree, indicative of the loss of my girlhood innocence & a need to strip away the layers i had neither the time nor the energy to deal with: a need for clarity in a time of questioning…

& now, two & a half years later i’m finally emerging from that dark place in my life: slowly & with tentative steps…

abigail ahern

&, ironically, it’s now a deeper, moodier palette that seduces me: rich berry tones graduating into sludgy, inky hues of charcoal, indigo & aubergine…

colours so deep that you can get lost in them for hours…

inky sky

colours that represent a confidence & knowing that comes, i think, only with age or having endured some of the rigours that life throws at you…

& this palette that is so often accused of being oppressive is, to me at least, liberating…

maybe because these are the colours that represent the ashes from which my phoenix will surely arise…

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6 thoughts on “a colour for each season {of life}…

  1. How wonderful to be taken through the colour palettes of your life, I’m glad to hear you have come out of the difficult times and feeling positive. You’ve got me thinking about the colours of my homes over the years, and I’ve definitely experienced something similar cumulating in inky, moody darks. Decorating decisions were so much easier in the single days, I’m still trying to convince the other half to buy into the dark side… xx

    • hiya kelly… i think a lot of people subconsciously do the same you know… it’s quite fascinating when you delve into it all! and decorating when i was single/younger was distinctly easier… i just went for it without over thinking or analysing! happy days!!! 😉

  2. I love this. I’m amazed you can clearly differentiate times in your life with your surroundings and color palettes. Perhaps it’s because I’ve only been out of college for a few years and only now have a “big girl apartment” not entirely furnished with IKEA furniture or the ubiquitous Christmas twinkle lights my old roommate and I kept up year round (along with a Spice Girls poster tacked to the wall, which we said we hung “ironically” but really, we loved them and needed an excuse to hang the poster) that I’m only now coming into my own sense of “style” when it comes to the home. I’m interested to see how it evolves in the next few chapters of my life, and thanks to your exercise I’ll be keeping an eye out to see if and how radically I change in the next 10 years in the things I keep in my home and the colors I gravitate towards. Right now, and this has actually been pervasive my entire life, I like grays and white with touches of Provence-chic. Loved this post. It was like getting to know you on a whole new level!

    • thank you erin, that’s such a lovely thing to say! if you’re anything like me, your wardrobe will often mirror what’s happening style-wise in the home too, so that’s another way to keep track! 😉

  3. Hi Sue, what a wonderful post and how genius to define the phases of your life through colour! I would say that the older I get, the bolder I get with colour, this translates in my clothing too whereas when I was younger, it was about neutrals and earthy colours that we much more muted (perhaps to blend in with the crowd) now I don’t feel the need to so much and am the better for it. xD

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