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My Colortopia: Conquer Your Fear of Color

Okay, I have a secret! When I first started decorating my own home, I was afraid of color—sounds crazy, but it’s true. Still, I always had color envy when I spotted a well-painted room, so over time, I finally had to overcome my fear and take the plunge into the world of color.

Because of my past phobia, I can understand how people get scared away by the process and end up with white walls. After all, where do you start? Is it really necessary to have fifty different shades of gray (and no, I’m not referring to the ever-popular book everyone is talking about)? I used to get lost somewhere between charcoal and smoke and would end up landing in the safe space of beige. So here is the question, how do you overcome your fear of using color? Meet My Colortopia!

My Colortopia is a website that was created by the folks at Glidden Paint to help make the process of adding color to your life easy and fun. Now I have to be honest, during my first introduction to the site, I had my guard up. I’ve tried many “Pick Your Color” tools, but I’ve always landed back at square one. This time it was different. They have a Design Team blogging and answering questions—REAL people to answer REAL questions! Their “My Image Inspiration” tool is a great starting point.

If you have an image or an object that you want to base the room around, you can upload it to the site, and the tool will automatically generate a color palette for you—genius, right? This is a great solution for moms looking for the right color scheme to fit their nursery. This will help give you the power to discover the nursery color that you and your baby will love with Baby Room Colors from Glidden® Paint, as seen in What to Expect When You’re Expecting (only in theaters).

You can also use My Colortopia to select a color based on your personality, your baby and your design sense by using “My Baby’s Place.” Answer the questions below to uncover your color scheme. We’d love to hear what color palette your personality revealed, so let us know in a comment below.

Glidden is giving one lucky person the chance to win a $2,500 Walmart gift card to use towards a dream nursery—to buy items such as a crib, bedding and Glidden® Brilliance Collection™ Paint. Visit Circle of Moms to enter the giveaway. You can also visit My Colortopia’s blog post for more info. Contest runs May 17, 2012 to June 7, 2012. The winner will be announced on MyColotopia.com the week of June 18, 2012.

This post has been sponsored by Glidden brand paint, but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Dandelion

    This is really a nifty tool. I usually have problems identifying colors that I see in images and the site was a really big help for me.

  • hawahawa

    That gift card would surely be appreciated! I just joined :)

  • Recreate

    I think most of us are afraid to be adventurous when it comes to using various colors. How to play with colors and how to mix and match different hues and achieve a nice, cohesive or harmonious look is something we learn along the way. Just as long as we experiment despite the fear.

  • BriskRain

    Very well-said, recreate. I was like that, too. I always went with the safe and subtle colors, mostly earth tones. Anything bright and colorful scared me. But little by little, I have learned to overcome that. Moms these days are lucky they have tools like this to see what works and what doesn’t.

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