Bring the Colors of Spring Into Your Lake House
Interior painting for the perfect lake cottage setting
Whether you’re a native northerner or a transplant, eventually the winter weather takes its toll. Dirty gray snow and lack of color can wear on a person’s eyes and just because ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ predicts an early spring, what does a groundhog really know about weather patterns? To keep yourself plugging along until you can return to your beloved Lake Cottage, plan now for ways to infuse your getaway with the colors of spring.
What is it about lake living that you love? Sunlight streaming in through the windows and open doors is one of the great joys of lake living. If the soft yellow of the sun reflecting off of the water is a color you hope to duplicate on your walls, Benjamin Moore’s luscious lemon hue may strike the exact chord in your family room or kitchen.
Blues and greens reflect spring’s rebirth – not only that, they echo the water and surrounding outdoors and are simply inspired for lake homes. These friendly and relaxing colors work flawlessly with the shabby chic look and nautical themes favored in lake and beach getaways.
Lake Cottages are often loaded with rustic charm like wooden beams, wood floors and stonework, so this is an occasion where your paint contractor may suggest white as your dominant color. But you can still infuse the flowering colors of spring with pops of color in your trim work, doors, cabinets, ceilings, and even floors. White creates a clean, bright canvas to show off your local treasures and cover the walls with photographs of your many happy memories on the lake.
Spring showers us with soft, hushed hues along with deep, vibrant shades. Don’t limit yourself to pastels when choosing your interior paint colors. As your paint consultant will advise you, darker, more intense colors will work with the same casual, breezy results that are just as soothing and inviting.
Painted vertical planking on walls provides great texture. If your home has beautiful architectural ceiling features, carry that painted planking all the way up for a dramatic effect. As in any home, a painted ceiling, architectural feature or not, creates the illusion of height and space so consider a pale blue or lavender for your fifth wall.
The bare feet of spring may be the best place to find your next paint canvas. Painted floors are fun, they’re an easy way to brighten up a room, and better yet, they’re easy to maintain. A little soap and water is all it takes. If they get scuffed and scratched … big deal! Its like a vintage piece of furniture, it gives it character.
Shaking off the winter doldrums is never easy, but if you visualize what springtime colors can do for your Lake House getaway you may get through the days with a bit more pep in your step. Paint your vacation getaway the colors of a glorious spring day.
A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable. ~William Wordsworth