The fugliness abounds

14 Jan



The fugliness abounds

Originally uploaded by thordora

Since I’m terrible at ever knowing what should go where (I swear, I failed the girl class or something) I need advice. I hate this color. I have ALWAYS hated this color, and will likely ALWAYS hate this color.

Unless you manage to find me grape ice cream. In which case I will love you for finding ice cream I haven’t had since I was 8.

I want this space to REALLY be my space-I’ve got a cornflower-esq blue in the room adjacent, so I don’t want to do blue-images of smurf porn would then abound. And I don’t want to go too too light I don’t think.

See? I don’t know…

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19 Responses to “The fugliness abounds”

  1. Quadelle January 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    Well, if it were me I would…
    – look at some magazines to get inspiration about the sort of vibe that grabs my fancy most
    – go look at colours, picking several I like (maybe with a couple of sets – similar tones that go together but are in different colours. If this is hard for you there are colour charts to help, just ask for them)
    – play with the paint chips back home and dream a bit
    – get sample pots in the colours I think I like most
    – paint several pieces of cardboard and put them up in the appropriate areas
    – figure out what works/doesn’t
    – make my purchase
    – paint (ideally with help, lots of help)

    This process has worked for me a couple of times and saved me from making some really bad colour choices (especially the painting cardboard part). Sometimes it’s not clear that a gorgeous colour doesn’t work until you’ve got a large enough sample of it.

    By the way, it is so cool that you’re making this over!

  2. Mogo January 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    how about red, like the drums that used to be in that corner? 😛

  3. Jennifer January 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    I was going to suggest red to actually (Hi! K), it’s dramatic (like you) and vibrant (like you) and creative (like you).

    But not a bright red, something like a velvet red.

  4. Kim January 15, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    what color makes you feel good? When you wear it, when you see it? If you can imagine a soft, fluffy cashmere blanket, what color would it be? Paint it THAT color. 🙂

  5. Cynthia January 15, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    What else will be in the room? Do you know anything that will be on the walls, any accessories? I can see three walls in the photo from that angle – do you have any from another perspective?

  6. Kelly O January 15, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Yay, fresh paint! I would go with any color that really speaks to you and know that it can always be painted over again if you’ve grown past that color.

  7. MK January 15, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Try a red (and I agree with the above recommendations, not fire engine red, but a deep brick red color). Another option would be a muted green color with brown accents. Both of these will still work with the blue color you have as well.

  8. bromac January 15, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    I like a yellow with the windows bringing in natural light it will open up the room and make it seem bigger.

  9. wn January 15, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    can’t see the picture now (flickr blocked at work) will comment later…

  10. ifbyyes January 15, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    A muted, calming green, perhaps?

  11. Molly Chase January 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    What about a very soft, muted warm brown? Almost beige, but warmer?

    Smurf porn: SNORT.

    • thordora January 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

      I’ve been thinking soft browns and celadons…

      and google smurf porn. The paint rubs off. TRUST ME.

      • Cynthia January 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

        Sherwin Williams 6107 Nomadic Desert covers most of the common areas in our house (we have a deep wine coloured accent wall to offset upstairs). If you google it, you’ll get an idea (my laptop is always somewhat off on colours – yours might be better).

        In the old place, we had Behr Spring Hill 420E-3 in one of the small rooms English Meadow (can’t find company online) in another. Both light enough that you could paint the ceiling the same as the walls and not have it feel too enclosed. I didn’t want to bother with taping for ceiling in small awkward spaces so I just did the whole thing. Both had a hint of green but were quite neutral and not pastel.

  12. raino January 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    go with a dark dark brown, like coffee beans, on one of the main walls and white or a ‘seal’ skin colour on the rest. i love those colours on sloped ceilings.

  13. Mogo January 16, 2010 at 2:45 am #

    ha! the paint rubbing off was my favorite part of the smurf porn 😀

  14. bea January 16, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    I thought red when I saw that room too – maybe Benjamin Moore’s Hot Apple Spice?

    If you’re thinking of a soft brown, I have Sherwin Williams’ Nuthatch in several rooms of my house and I love it more all the time. It’s the colour of hot cocoa – a brown with a fair bit of a red in it – and it looks best with a few red accents in the room.

  15. ET January 16, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    With a low ceiling a dark color on all walls might feel over bearing.
    Consider a neutral color on some walls and an accent/bright/dark color on one wall.

  16. Vicki January 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    My suggestion is simple. Paint the walls bright white. Let the girls pick a bunch of small cannisters of brightly colored paint, then let them have at it. Let them splatter paint on the walls, the ceiling, do hand prints, pictures, whatever strikes their fancy. You will love it until the end of time. Take lots of pictures of it. Then when they get a little older, let them have at it again. 🙂

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