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My Schizoid Bathroom

It is now to the point of the comic. G-Dude begins painting tomorrow and I'm still contemplating colors. Well, I think I've decided. Weatherdude helped me yesterday as blues were not cutting it at all and gray-scale colors are too cold. The browns we picked match the tiles around the bathtub and OMG, that's NOT a color I want to see everywhere! The Dude said "repaint it if it doesn't work out." Which was really nice of him.


New ceiling light (with heater and fan) is a bit too harsh...Weatherdude will swap out the bulb for one in a warmer spectrum like most of our energy-saving bulbs.


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jjschwabach
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
OMG. Yes, you have to laugh, or you'd be throwing paint samples all over. Where'd the chartreuse come from?

Thought. Can't lick 'em, join 'em? Go with something pinkish?

gah.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Where did the chartreuse come from? Desperation, I suspect. It's actually winning right now. It's hilarious as a process. The light in the house is so indirect that most colors one sees on paint chips look totally different on the walls. Almost all of these were immediate "oh noes!" the instant they were put up. The thing is, there are so many alternatives, eliminating a few just doesn't seem to help much. But I think we're just about ready to commit to something.
julieandrews
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Go with wallpaper. Dazzle the eye with a confusing pattern, so it forgets all about the pink.

For a more serious idea, have you tried the sponge-dabbing technique? Some of those colors might look better with some texture added to them.
jjschwabach
Jan. 24th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I think that's a good idea; I had actually thought of suggesting a textured roller --doing an undercoat in one color, and a pattern in another.
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shaolingrrl
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
How about a nice plaid?
birdhousefrog
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ah. Or better, a clan tartan! Of course, my clan's tartan (I'm a generation too low to be entitled to wear it) is more hideous than the pink fixtures. It's primarily red and it's clear that if I put that up, NO ONE would be able to notice the pink.
lowly_scribe
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
It's hard to judge colors when you've got so many next to each other. Get a large white poster board from the art supplies store and cut into halves or quarters. Paint one entire board piece with a paint choice. You can use the backside for a different color.

Now you can tape this board to the white wall (anywhere you want, it's movable) and see if works.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, it would be difficult to judge colors with them all jumbled like this and normally I don't have more than a couple up to choose from. But this process was a painful "nope" each time I tried something because I was outside my normal comfort zone of colors. I knew for certain that each color was wrong as soon as a stripe went up. Thanks for the really cool suggestion. It makes a great deal of sense and I could need it. What I really want are more sample colors available. Even pints were just a waste of paint.

Oz
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elarasophia
Jan. 24th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
You could also do what we've done in our bathroom, which is to use masking tape to split the wall into two at the level of the tiles of the mirror and paint the top half one shade, and the lower another. It looks tidy once the tape is removed and gives the room a different look than just one colour all over.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. G-Dude is going to LOVE that suggestion! (not) I might actually go to that idea at some point. A light color like we're contemplating will show where the cats missed the box just a little too easily! A nice brown might hide it.
tcastleb
Jan. 24th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Um. Wow, that's hard to find a good color. Any input from Miss E?
birdhousefrog
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Not much, no. She likes Yosemite Sand, the beige in the middle over the toilet. Once she heard I was looking at 'browns' she gave up on me. She doesn't do brown.
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patesden
Jan. 24th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
My husband decided to go on a painting binge and I let him do what he wanted--heck he was doing the work :)

I now have a bittersweet red/orange study--which was totally startling until I got used to it. And I have a pale green bathroom--which is going to have two papered walls . . . Yeah, I might not have choosen the same colors, but it is so much better than it was.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
I like your attitude. I think I'm happier changing it to SOMETHING. Right now the pear green and pueblo brown are winning out. Which will be interesting. And then I need to find a new shower curtain with ferns or bamboo on it. I used to have one.

And my very wonderful Weatherdude has said that I can always have it repainted if this is too difficult to live with.

Oz
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barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
You know, if you keep up with the color samples, you could just call it the "Rothko Bathroom," and leave it at that.

And the pink would be guaranteed to fade into the background.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
Weatherdude wants to know if we could then remove the bathroom altogether and have it placed somewhere ELSE as an art installation? That would certainly solve the pink fixture problem.

But yes, I do agree, keep it up and no one will even notice the pinks, not even me.
merriehaskell
Jan. 25th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
You have a really pinky beige bathroom tile, and that's hard to deal with. Are you going for more sophisticated or more fun?

I've been reading the Colour Me Happy blog, and she's got a lot to say about dealing with beige (http://colourmehappyblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-everyone-should-know-about-beige.html). Also, the Bossy Color Blog has recs for dealing with weird tile--maybe you don't have to let the tile dictate your choices. (http://bossycolorblog.blogspot.com/)

birdhousefrog
Jan. 25th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Yes, that tile only looks pink next to the tub. When I put that beige/brown paint up against it, I knew for sure. And I also knew I didn't want to increase the beige/pink look. I was going for 'different.' And there's nothing at all sophisticated about my house, so fun would be closer to the truth. Comfort is big here. The lived-in look. And toning down the previous owners' tendencies to go for 'country' decor and pink. We've worked around the raw cedar door frames. I've stripped the 'early american' and 'country' wallpapers and painted instead. And we've replaced ancient beige carpets with bamboo floors in 3 rooms now. We still have the 70's slate foyer, but that's because we kind of like it. We have wood stoves and we use them. But a lot of my furniture comes from places like Ikea in terms of style.

Thanks for those links. They should be helpful.

Oz
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kelly_yoyo
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
This is very cool. I love seeing this!

Personally, I dig the green under the window, and all of the reds.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I am so goofy about this project. Weatherdude picked the green under the window and the other greens. The one to the side (either side) is winning, a pear green. And the reddish brown on the left side of the frame is also winning, it's a pueblo brown. The brown on the right side of the frame is what I thought I wanted in a brown, but is too 'flat' against all that pink stuff. I have now decided the room shall look like trees in green and brown and the heck with the pink. Because the pink tile on the right around the tub is actually a beige pink once I matched the paint to it. And I don't want beige. Since I don't have to use a mirror in this space, it can be just about any color combination. So why not pear green?
annpendragon
Jan. 27th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
*shaking head*
You guys are a really colorful and brave bunch.
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