As a first time homeowner I have been deep in a paint chip frenzy. The future colors of my abode has suddenly become a major concern of mine. Is my kitchen a spanish red or more of a chili pepper red? Which color defines me as a person and reflects my personal style best?
I had originally decided to paint the outside of my house lagoon; a phenomenal shade from our Spring 10 line. If I could marry a color it would be this one. It’s like prussian blue and cerulean had a baby and named it lagoon. A more perfect shade has never existed as far as I am concerned.
But then I read an article that changed my perception of color entirely. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently said that whitening the world’s roofs and roads would have the same effect on global warming as removing all the world’s cars for 11 years. White roofs can also cut air conditioning costs by 20 percent, according to California’s Energy Commissioner. Even though this sounds too good to be true, recent research has discovered that this “whitewashing” may have more impact than originally thought. It amazes me that the simple act of painting your roof white could create such positive results. Maybe I am going about this color thing all wrong. To think that color can have such a huge influence on climate control is absolutely incredible. Looks like I will be painting my roof a lovely satin white this summer. I will keep you posted.