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Help Me Overcome My Color Commitment Phobia

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I'll admit it. I can't commit.

Now before you judge me you have to know I've really tried to pick just one to sleep with. But just like clockwork, every time it gets too serious, I get nervous and start questioning: Is this what I really want?

It never is.

I feel horrible about it, really. I'm constantly wasting time and money. I get people excited and then have to let them down. And every time I look at one, I throw around the "L" word but it never lasts.

I spoke to an expert about it. She says it's best to start from the beginning and see where it all went wrong.

Well, it all happened one afternoon when I found out my roommate was moving out and I was going to take over her bedroom -- her very spacious, airy bedroom. I couldn't have been more excited since I had been sleeping in a room that was really a dining room and had little to no privacy.

She left on a Saturday and after moving all of her unwanted furniture out, the room was mine! Unfortunately, it wasn't move-in condition. She had painted her room this awful sea foam green color that just would not work with my dreams of a country-vintage setting.

So, the first thing to do was repaint the room. Piece of cake, I thought. I knew I definitely wanted a nice, warm yellow color.

I headed to Home Depot the Sunday after she moved out and straight for the paint section, and after a few minutes of looking I found my color!. I handed the store employee the color code and watched happily as he mixed the paint. Until, all of a sudden, I saw the yellow color actually coming to light and I yelled "Stop!" Everyone in the store looked at me. I couldn't do it. I couldn't commit to two gallons of that color. "Maybe I'll just take a sample."

I left behind an angry worker when I walked out the store, but feeling like I made the right decision. Why should I rush into something? It's only been a day. I should take my time.

I went home that night and painted a strip of the color on the wall. It was beautiful. It was perfect. I was silly to have questioned it.

I had even made plans to go back to Home Depot and buy those two gallons I had intended to buy when all of a sudden I woke up the next day and I saw the color for what it really was -- a mustard mess.

What was I thinking? How could I have been so wrong? I was not going to sleep with that!

Sad isn't it?

What's even worse is this has happened seven more times and I still can't choose a color. I've even tried different colors: grey, brown, off-white. I've tried warms, cools, darks, lights -- they're all great, in their own ways, but just not right for me.

I know what you're thinking: A Stylelist Home editor who can give out great tips to others can't even pick a color herself! Well, you're right... and that's why I need your help.

I'm asking YOU to submit the colors of your bedrooms and explain why they are perfect for a color commitment phobic like me.

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