The Rainbow Decorating Coalition

Add some diversity to your color range.

With the Presidential race heating up and candidates like Michele Bachmann showing her true colors, I thought it would be refreshing to reflect on a pallet that champions the marvelous diversity that is integral to our national character.

Rainbows might not be for everyone. I get it. Some people prefer monochromatic color schemes; others don’t like color at all. But I think we can all agree that every time we stop and gaze at the kaleidoscope of a rainbow, we recall that tiny remembrance within: there is a pot of gold, a treasure, on the other side.

The wooden rainbow shown above is made from sustainably harvested wood, and finished with non-toxic paint and a homemade natural wood polish of beeswax, jojoba oil, and essential oils. From Imagination Kids.

Below is what it would be like if My Little Pony or Speed Racer moved in. The Rainbow House (well, 830-square-foot apartment) was created by Hong Kong designer Max Lam of Moderne.

It features a rainbow that runs continuously from the living room to the bedroom, streaking through the kitchen all the way to the golden commode.

San Franciscans know the Rainbow House on Clipper Street, seen here. If only some other people we know would embrace the same spirit of diversity and inclusion. Just saying…the world would be a much prettier place.

What is a Free Printable? Here’s one…

It’s a curious crowd-sourced phenomenon of circulating inspirational quotes or vintage images. It’s also an efficient way to print, frame and decorate your home or cube with messages that inspire you, like the one above sourced from Simple As That. Another printable maven worth checking out is The Graphics Fairy.

Also worth a gander are these crayon-drip paintings by JK Create’s Jessica Kerbawy. No two pieces are ever alike and the color combinations are endless.

Jen Stark’s construction paper sculptures, meanwhile, have me aching for a less complicated time and place: art class, where we all mused on rainbows – Michele, too – because we believed in that pot of gold.


Images: The Art of Intuition; FreshHome;; Imagination Kids; We Heart It; PJLighthouse, Vendoluzes;

K. Emily Bond

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in southern Spain, reporting on trends in art, design, sustainable living and lifestyle.