Tell me if this sounds familiar: I got one idea, then realized it would be the perfect time to do this other thing, and if I was doing that, then I should do this thing too. Conclusion: re-do entire bedroom.
After the tiles I wrote about in my last post, but prior to having the carpet installed, I realized it’s a great time to repaint the walls which I have always wanted to repaint since I moved here. Tara gave me a great idea for the longest wall of the master bedroom, by using two colours of paint. You start with a light colour, then add a tiny bit of the darker colour and paint a mountain. Then add a tiny bit more and paint another mountain in front of the first one, and keep going till it looks like a landscape.
I wanted a blue room, so I chose a light blue for the sky and a dark blue for the hills. I painted a sample patch on the wall to see if it matched the furniture. When I’m getting ready to paint a wall inside my house, I do this. If I paint a big patch on the wall, then walk past it ten times a day for a few days, I get a sense of whether I like it or not.
To avoid gaudiness, my idea was to do mountains on only the largest wall, but do all the other walls in the light colour, whatever that colour ended up being. So I had to really like the colour. I kept staring at the light blue on the wall and each day liked it a little less. Pedro had long ago suggested a light greyish-brown, but originally I didn’t think it was a good idea. After staring at the baby blue for two weeks, I changed my mind and bought two more sample paints.
I took a photo of the three patches on the wall and sent the image to friends, asking for a vote. Everyone picked the middle one. The light taupe. Everyone except one artist friend of mine. He and I liked the dark taupe best. Tara mentioned how much time I spend in this room, and suggested I keep it light and bright. In the meantime, I had noticed the walls in Pedro’s house were a similar colour, and I thought his place was very tasteful. He had a paint sample from his and brought it over. We painted it between the two taupes. Even darker! Reluctantly, I decided for the light colour in the end. Not sure if it was the choice that I like the best, but I think it turned out great and it’s too late now.
You might have noticed the carpet pad on the floor, sans carpet. Yes, well. Try as I might, at first I could not make the time to paint before the day to install the carpet. When the new carpet was laid out, we saw that it had a flaw in the weave. A bumped line, right through the middle, totally obvious. I had to reject it. Argh. And it took three weeks to get another order in from the factory. The good news: now I had time to paint!
Ok so the next big question is: what is this going to look like with furniture and pictures on the walls? Don’t worry. I’ve got photos for that, too. Coming soon to a blog post near you.