Colour Sensibilities

May 15, 2009

Recently I was invited to Carey House in Burlington (ON) to select colours for a whole- home make over.   Carey House is a supportive housing project providing affordable, accessible housing to 10 adults with physical disabilities. 


This home, in the heart of historic old Burlington, was purchased in the 70’s for the same purpose that it continues to serve today, and with the financial and building assistance of community groups, over the years, has almost doubled in size.  A prodigious addition in the late 80’s gave the residents the space they required to prepare meals in the kitchen and sit comfortably together at an oversized table.  There is also a parlour, four bathrooms, laundry facilities,  and a bedroom for each resident.


On this evening I was introduced to several of the Carey House residents, but I worked closely with just one, Brenda.     I learned that Brenda has been continuing her education at McMaster, and has written two books, one of which she had published last summer,  and now she can add colour consultant to her list of notables.  It was my pleasure to spend the next couple of hours with Brenda, exploring the rainbow of paint colour options.   With Brenda’s refined eye for colour we were able to narrow the selection down to a powerfully earthy brown and intense grassy green, deep masculine blue and a complementary hearty burnt orange, all tamed by the soft creamy version of white to be used as an accent.


I think, all who call Carey House home will be both impressed and honoured by the love that Brenda invested in choosing this medley of paint colours for the common areas of their home.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.