This post is dedicated to my friend Lisa who wants to know why everything in Arizona is beige! Well she’s right…there’s a lot of beige here, and yes, as she also pointed out, the mountains do look like they’re from Mars…until you reach the higher altitudes of the state, like around Flagstaff.
Sooo…the answer! There’s a couple of reasons, but mainly due to the high temperatures we have in the summer. When it tops 115 degrees (46 C for you folks across the pond) it’s like the difference of wearing white versus black…lighter colors reflect light whereas black (darker) absorbs it. Yes, beige may be boring, but it sure beats the impact of the heat. After almost 30 years of living in Arizona, the good news is the palette has expanded to include some beautiful desert greens and other earthy tones besides beige. (Such as the colors taos and gingerbread here at my home.) The other reason is that many building codes require colors to be natural earth tones to blend with the desert, as well as home owner associations trying to keep people from painting some crazy wild color that screams look at me!
So what do all of us color lovers do with all that beige? We utilize the two growing seasons we have to plant flowers to bring color all year long. (Just like the cottage home of my friends pictured here.) Also, no one says you can’t paint accent colors within the confines of your walled backyard. Trust me, I love color as you can see from this glimpse of my backyard!
So Lisa that’s the answer to a great question! Later…there’s a hammock calling my name!