"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-02-2007, 02:57 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
 
RedBedHead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 47
Paint Colors

I am currently in the middle of redecorating our half bathroom. We are putting tile down, ripping out the vanity and putting in a pedastal sink. Lots of work so I want it to look right in the end.
The only problem I have is picking out a paint color. I DO NOT want to do a paint technique on the walls but the house was built in 1925 and has some mild imperfections. Should I go with a light color or dark color to mask this? I don't want to totally hide it but I do want to tone them down a bit. The tile is neutral (hints of biege, tan).

__________________

__________________
Jen
RedBedHead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 03:06 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,156
You might try painting the walls in a neutral color and then sponging another slightly darker tone of the same color over it. As an example, paint the walls a pale salmon and sponge or feather a slight metallic gold or copper over. You'll get color using this technique and also be able to camouflage any imperfections.

Based on the age of your house, the walls are probably plaster and would have some cracking, which would be hidden by painting in this manner.
__________________

__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 03:21 PM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
 
kitchenelf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 19,725
Send a message via MSN to kitchenelf
Even painting stripes might mask these imperfections. A friend did this in his half bath with very imperfect walls.

You want to mark the stripes (they were wide and small) first using a level. But when he actually went to paint them he did it by hand, nothing was masked off. It left the stripes more free-form and beautiful. Between each color (he only used two colors) he then used a gold metallic paint to separate these colors (now making it three colors). It was beautiful! It also fit his house which is as old as yours.

I'd say the larger stripe was about 6"- 8", the smaller stripe about 3"-4", then the metallic stripe was just a paint brush not more than 1/2" - 3/4" wide.
__________________
kitchenelf

"Count yourself...you ain't so many" - quote from Buck's Daddy
kitchenelf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 03:21 PM   #4
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
A darker color will probably hide things better, but I personally like lighter colors in bathrooms.

We redid out upstairs bathroom not too long ago. We also went with a beige/tan tile. We have not yet picked what color we are doing the walls though, so I am watching this thread with great interest.
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 05:56 PM   #5
Executive Chef
 
VeraBlue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northern NJ
Posts: 3,683
I noticed you said you 'do not' want to do a technique, but I am unclear if you are willing to, for a better effect.

If you are willing, then yes, I absolutely agree that striping is the best way to go. I've done it in the living room and in my bedroom. The effect is stunning and most people simply cannot believe that it is hand painted. If the tiles are neutral, and only cover from the floor up halfway, I'd to the top half in an eggshell and ocean to light blue.

What colour is the pedestal?
__________________
How can we sleep while our beds are burning???
VeraBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 11:16 PM   #6
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,343
A lighter color will make the room look bigger. Draw attention away from the imperfections with a border along the ceiling or at chair rail height.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2007, 11:28 PM   #7
Cook
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 54
Flat finish white paint is the best choice for hiding irregularities. The other trick is to avoid light sources that illuminate the wall at a shallow angle.
__________________
"If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris, 'The Beauty of Life', 1880
Veloce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2007, 05:48 AM   #8
Executive Chef
 
VeraBlue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northern NJ
Posts: 3,683
So many different suggestions....I get the feeling we all secretly want to redecorate our own bathrooms...I know I do. I just don't know how to make a room that gives new meaning to the term 'water closet' get any bigger!
__________________
How can we sleep while our beds are burning???
VeraBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2007, 07:55 AM   #9
Assistant Cook
 
RedBedHead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 47
Great suggestions guys. Thank you so much. I think that I am going to paint the bottom half of the wall (which looks tiled but isn't) an olive green. Those walls are in great shape. It goes up about 5 feet and has molding. Over the molding (where the paint is peeling now) I'm thinking a light light light beige and I'll probably include the ceiling in that. High gloss white trim should finish the project beautifully. I'll post pics when we're done!
__________________

__________________
Jen
RedBedHead is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

« Thank you DC | 2007 »
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.