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Paint and more paint

On the wall above the pool are painted five large squares of color. Husband says it looks like modern art, sort of Cubist. It isn’t a mural in the making but rather my attempts to live with some colors before we paint the wall. I’m a sucker for a good paint name. So we have verde agave, rojo hacienda, rojo tomate, mostaza, and turquesa. The turquoise is the hands down favorite of everyone that I have polled. The agave green which is a grayish green tone was my choice until BK pointed out that while flowers would certainly look good against it, foliage would probably blend. The hacienda red looked more like a dark peach than terracotta. The mustard yellow which was applied with a watery brush was too close to resembling an equally watery substance familiar to new mothers. The effect that the tomato red created when reflected in the pool was not good, maybe it’s fun to swim in wine dark waters when you are in a mangrove, but not in a dipping pool.
The turquoise meets all my requirements. It looks good reflected in the water, the water looks even more inviting. While it’s tropical in feeling the color isn’t garish like orange or hot pink might be. The slightly lighter shade of turquoise on the paint color chart is even named tropical! Flowers, foliage and pots look good set against it as a background and cemento blanco looks clean and modern alongside it.
I’m pretty sure that we’ll paint the wall turquoise, but right now, I am waiting because what if I find another better color? A sky blue or maybe the color of the deep Aegean Sea sounds interesting. The new pavers around the pool give it all a very Mediterranean feel. The contractor over estimated and there is a large stack of left over ado-creto pavers which would make some pretty planters. Husband wisely says that we should finish doing any construction before we paint the wall.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Debi, we hope to finally be done with construction and on to maintenance. Unless we’re planning a Winchester Mystery House we can’t imagine doing anything else to our house. Of course we never imagined wanting a pool either.

  2. Lovely – Congrats – One flaw in husbands assertion, when does the construction ever end???


  3. Cheryl, I am painting the interior of the house more neutral colors right now. We did have some pink and red before but the problem is that it limits you in what colors you can use to accessorize. Also we don’t have really bright light indoors so lighter colors look better.
    I will post a photo of the finished outside wall when it actually gets painted maybe in August. It isn’t a prioriy.

    Steve, you are spot on!


  4. Nothing like new paint to keep us believing things can be renewed.

  5. Oh Theresa, please post pictures, this is killing me. I have a friend that lives in Tucson and almost every wall in her house is painted a different color. It is so perfect for her location. Not sure I would know how to do it and make it look right. I love color and am looking forward to having a house in Mexico that I can paint turquiose if I want to.

    Cheryl (aka Yucatan Hopeful)

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