Since our landlady gave me free reign over what I do with the house, I must paint. I paint rooms on a regular basis. I like the change and I like the freshness that just a coat or two of paint can bring to a space. I also make my own valances, headboards, curtains, pillows, etc. All of this must be color coordinated. Some of the rooms will have to wait until I get my sewing machine in November. Until then, my new friend Kris, has one that I can borrow for a little while.
First on the decorating block is the bedroom. It’s a fairly large room with a king bed and two nightstands but little else. I had an idea of what I wanted to do before we left the states so I went to Ikea and bought a white duvet cover. My “inspiration” for our bedroom is this.
Molas are sewn by the indigenous people who live in western Panama. They are made from many layers of fabric, each cut to reveal a color beneath to create these beautiful pictures. People frame them and make them into pillows. I bought three to use in our bedroom and they will be pillows.
On a trip to David last week, I stopped at the Do It Center, Novey and a couple of paint stores to get a supply of paint chips to coordinate colors with the molas. Nothing. Nada. I left my huge wheel of paint chips back in the states never realizing how valuable they would be here in Panama. They have paint chips – sort of. There is 1 (that’s means exactly 1) of some colors, each trapped in a plastic container and attached to the wall. There is no taking a chip home, finding complementary colors, or seeing what they might look like in the light.
This way of choosing paint is going to be a challenge. The paint stores can match any color you want – as long as you have a sample. But I can’t find any samples except lavender.