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  • Shasta says

    I love “a vibrant life is a heart fulfilled” it leaves room for vibrant to be interpreted in multiple ways. Color, pattern, texture, experience, and more.

    I love color. I wear color. I have a house full of color and pattern. I always love what you share because it is vibrant in many ways even if not everything is exactly what I want. It’s always inspiring.

    It’s true brands seem to be more neutral these days or latch on to only a couple specific colors for a couple of years. It’s very hard to find colorful basics. Shopping vintage has been a nice way for me to put color in my wardrobe or seeking out smaller brands taking more sartorial risks with color and pattern.

    Excited to see where the focus of a new mission statement takes you.

  • Morgan Jepson says

    Yes, yes! Absolutely love this! I’m looking forward to being inspired by all that you and your team will share– the world needs it.

  • SAllie says

    Love this! So sad to see babies being brought into the world with these boring beige nurseries! Bad for development and bad for vibes. Thank you!!

  • Camryn Scott says

    Amen, amen, AMEN!

    I follow your blog for a whole host of reasons, but one of them has always been the vibrancy and joy I feel from your creative and adventurous use of color! Colorful interiors, clothes, and crafts absolutely speak to my soul and I agree with everything you said! Something about the disappearance of color that I don’t understand is how it’s not like it requires a certain level of money or status to enjoy in your life—paint comes in every shade of the rainbow (not just white and beige!), clothes come in nearly as many, and it’s just as easy to acquire decor for your home in beautiful shades as it is to get uninspired, neutral, lifeless ones. Anyone can do it—anyone can have it in their lives—it’s just not the norm for some reason, which is why I’m excited to hear that you’re planning to focus on this more in the future.

    (Related tangent—have you or your staff ever looked into finding out your colors? Like your seasons? I did a bunch of research into this out of curiosity earlier this year and it’s fascinating how wearing colors that enhance and blend with your natural coloring make you feel! Look into the TCI 12 tone method and I have a feeling you’ll go down the rabbit hole too. Their whole mission is about showing people they can wear every color of the rainbow and bring color and joy into their life and confidence into their appearance so it’s right up your alley! There’s a TCI consultant in Salt Lake I’m so tempted to go to to have mine done—they give you a fan of your colors you can take with you for the rest of your life to shop for clothes and home decor and everything and I think it would be amazing to have. Anyway!)

    Just thought I’d write to let you know you have at least one more person thoroughly on board with your crusade—and happy to help shout it on the rooftops with you.

  • Allison says

    I love this! I guess for me the most intimidating thing is that adding more color feels too complicated. Like if I don’t do it right it will be awful. So choosing room wall colors that compliment the furniture and decor and etc is harder when I have no clue what I’m doing. (Also I can’t buy a $60 decorative pillow.) so maybe ideas on budget friendly color schemes for the wannabe vibrant home?

  • Iris says

    Hi Lars, Im just having a good time in our holidays at Denmark. A country I love. I embrace the beach and the sea, but the holiday homes for rent – a visual catastrophe. While readying your post, I fully undetstoid why I am thinking of leaving earlier than planned: the holiday home depresses me: no colours, all functional, no eye catcher, nothing here that speaks to my heart.
    Your post speaks right out of my heart: I am a sensitive person that feels all by herself with a sorrounding of colour and lovely little things that make me smile.
    I was wondering what was wrong with me the last days when I was not in a good mood although I am on holiday. Now I understand that I am only lacking the visuals that make me feel good. Waking up in an all white and beige sleeping room with no „unneccessary“ colorful stuff cannot make me feel happy because this is not me!
    So thanks for giving me an explaination and letting go the feeling of guilt why I cannot fully enjoy holidays 🙂
    All the best for your creative journey. Be sure, I will follow 🙂
    Iris from Germany, NOW feeling happy while on holidays in Denmark

  • Ashley says

    As long as there are artists, there will be color. Unconscious consumers may always opt for grey floors, but there’s still a lot of us out here that have our own style and are not lusting after West Elm’s. Mwah! Ashley

  • Sarah Keyarts says

    You said this is not a novel, but what a great book idea to bring to life all the ways to bring color into all areas of life – like Design Mom did with creative spaces everywhere.

  • Lynda Cobb says

    I think embracing a vibrant life is an excellent mission statement for Lars. Even when folks choose color, much of it is muted… after Covid, I think people are more about living how they want to— being freer to choose color. I don’t know who the arbiters of taste are that make people less willing to “risk” color (and think it may be more about cost and hassle of changing things if they don’t work out and years of decor advice saying to choose neutral upholstery)— so giving people confidence by training their eye or seeing lots of examples with explanations about why it works may allow people to give themselves permission to take a plunge into a rainbow of colors. Also remember to start where people are… if they have a neutral sofa, how do they make it more colorful?

  • Jerilynn Lijewski says

    This is a perfect new direction, although I believe this has always been here….permission to create using ALL 64 colors in the box. Thank you!

  • Donna Monson says

    As much as I like some trends…they need to involve real color…Roygbiv or colors of the rainbow.
    Black and White and Grey are not colors…they are neutrals…and when added to colors…become shades and tints! I have always embraced color in both my wardrobe and decor….color makes me happy and gives me joy!
    Although my car is a metallic neutral…my car cell charger…beverage container and grocery bag organizer are very colorful!
    We need to continue to support the concept of color in our World and environment!

  • Allison Yearsley says

    I think that color is going away. I’m hopeful that neutrals are trend that will swing out of popularity soon!!! I’m so tired of neutrals in clothing, interior design etc. (that’s why I love you and your feed!!!!❤️)

    I think this is great shift at the House that Lars Built. It is definitely needed!! People go to neutrals, especially in clothing, because they think it hides their body the best, it’s easy and they don’t understand how to figure out which colors will bring out their natural beauty. I’ve been studying this on myself and have figured out “my colors”. And I feel so much more beautiful and alive in them. (I also get a lot more compliments 😊!). If you can help educate people how to figure out in a simple way what their colors are I think that would be AMAZING!!! The resources I used to figure out my colors are “The Cardigan Empire” blog and Carol Tuttle’s “Dress Your Truth”. I am not a Carol Tuttle devotee or part of her “cult” (anyone else feel this way?) but I took from her books and website the things that worked for me and used them. Hence, I don’t follow everything she says but the knowledge gave me a good base for figuring my colors out.

    Good luck with this and THANK YOU!!

  • Vanessa says

    I’ve thought about this post so many times since reading it! Many times I’ve seen your Inspiration for the week and thought, wow! I love that! But quickly dismiss it as something I could never do.
    I really want to start being more intentional with my purchases and creativity. Am I shying away from color and if so, why? Do I like those reasons? Is there a way I could add more of what’s sparking inspiration?
    I love the direction you’re thinking!
    I think just giving me this awareness is a huge start!
    Thank you!