A Note From Gretchen
To Whom It May Delight:
Welcome to my bag of wisdom, a color-liberating journey, a world beyond pretty or trendy colors.
Almost everything has been said about paint color. Almost.
Intuitively, everyone knows that paint color is the fastest and cheapest way to change an environment, only if it would be the easiest to choose. It should be, but CLEARLY, it isn't. Most people struggle with choosing paint colors. They spend hours and hours scrolling late at night through design feeds, looking at the same wall colors over and over again, splitting hairs over nuances and differences. Then they spend hours and hours at a paint store, looking at paint chips, buying quart samples to test the colors. Still, they often end up making mistakes, settling for less, or playing it safe— as if paint color was an unsure bet.
The palette you seek lives inside you.
What hasn't been stated clearly enough about paint color is that you are the color expert of your life—from the day you're born. That makes you the palette. There's the unconditional color baggage that lives inside of YOU. You are attracted to and crave your unique blend of color experiences and relationships. When you use this bag of affection to paint your home, it feels like living in a state of love-at-first-sight every day.
This is a gift that keeps on giving—reconnecting us to the world around us, especially during times of change and uncertainty when we need to grow towards our light.
This is the "color baggage" I brought with me when I moved from San Juan, Puerto Rico, To Portland, Oregon in the 1980s, which might as well have been across the Universe. I found myself homesick, swimming contrary to current trends, culture, and a rainy climate that wouldn't quit for months at a time.
In a mass-produced world of hunter greens, cobalt blues, and cranberry reds, my baggage had me craving sassy corals, lively limes, crystal aquas, and bottomless indigos.
Needless to say, I stood out like a lime-green thumb.
I made it a mission to make "myself" my home by rummaging through garage sales to find old versions of my color cravings, no longer manufactured but still loved—not to be different but as an act of self-worth.
When I created paint colors to fulfill my Universe, something remarkable happened.
There was a powerful sense of self-worth that didn't need to be excused or explained. The edges where colors met had no boundaries, making the eye travel freely from one shade to another in delightful ways. The spaces felt so personal, inclusive, and memorable; others couldn't help but want those kinds of feelings for themselves with their own color baggage. They asked for my help.
I led others down the same color liberation journey.
Here is what you need to know about yourself before you can transform a space; trends are mass-produced, but your color attractions, chemistry, and color connections are custom-made, and you can't afford to be anyone else. Paint has the illusional power to make everything in a place feel fabulous and meaningful overnight, regardless circumstances or trends. All you have to do is trust what you see and feel.
When you pick and paint your walls and ceilings with my seamless color harmonies, I promise you that the rest of your baggage will work itself out.
A state of wonder, delight, and satisfaction that never goes away.
No longer caring about what others think about wall colors.
Freedom from codependency on trends that make you feel irrelevant.
A confident ability to see what you love quickly and more clearly.
An urge to dispose of what no longer serves you.
May your home be your whole kit-and-kaboodle; reflective, colorful, eclectic, quaint, meaningful, dynamic, affectionate, expressive, inspiring, biographical, and reminiscent. May you live with a deep sense of delight and satisfaction that can only come from who you are, where you've been, and love!
And So It Is.