Wednesday, March 24, 2010
“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”
I was chatting with someone at church the other day about my house design. I told her that there will be no paint in my house. And no carpet. And no sheetrock. When I've mentioned this to other people they get a look of incredulity and skepticism on their face and ask what then my house will be made of. As if these are the only materials available for a house! Oh, how our typical experiences shape our sense of possibility.
But this woman was mostly disturbed by the lack of paint. She responded, "Well, I like color." And proceeded to describe the different colors she used for a recent painting project at her house.
Well, I like color too. That's why my house will have red brick, blue slate, golden pine, and silvery cypress. Here color is integral to the material, and the material is God's. One of my favorite quotes is, "Whether he uses marble or sod, the builder is hand-in-hand with God." As much as possible in this house I wanted to use materials that are closest to the way they naturally occur, instead of those heavily manipulated or processed by people. This ensures that God's designs, and God's colors, are everywhere.