Powder Room Redo: Reveal

Powder Room Redo - The Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy
Powder Room Redo - The Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

Finally!  The Powder Room Reveal. I told you about the agony of choosing color and then about the factors to consider in color choice, plus one great tip I discovered to make it easy if that isn’t your forte.  Last week, I showed you some of the things we did on the way to a new and improved powder room.  Wanna see how it turned out?

Open the powder room door from the hallway and you see the Eiffel Tower!  Bold and totally unexpected. The Eiffel Tower piece dominates because of its size and placement but doesn’t overwhelm because it’s also simple.  It’s a personal reminder of our “weekend in Paris”.  The towel has the exact pewtery color of the art background as one of its elements and just tickles me when I see the two together.  Yeh, I really am delighted by such things!   

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What you see is what you get.  This room is just as small as it looks!  A rug (from Target) combines the pewter and turquoise again.  And no, the paint job at the baseboard isn’t nearly as bad as the photo makes it seem!  

  Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

I changed the color of the picture frame so I could use it here– love the pop of the complementary orange color.  The tank cover came from Wheels grandmother’s linens – who knew they made such things!   The new wall cabinet is much bigger than what we had before.  I am so happy that we finally have a place for “health and beauty”.  Because of the different work and sleep schedules, the main bathrooms upstairs are not always available.  I keep a second set of makeup, toothbrushes and key medications here, as well as quick first aid fixes and the vitamins that wouldn’t get taken if the consumer had to make a trip upstairs.   Our homes have to support the life we live!  

  4a Above Medicine Cabinet

Because the room is small, boxy and utilitarian, I wanted to keep the eye moving.  Going up seemed to be the solution.  Plus this is what is reflected in the mirror from a certain and often used point of view in the room.  So the top of the cabinet landed a display of a small collection of stoneware items while the metallic charger behind provides a bit of flash. 

  Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

The new vanity (allen+ roth from Lowe’s) fit perfectly and also provides much more usable storage than the previous two door cabinet.  I love that it is a no-stoop height too! 

 Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

The mirror needed a bit of flourish above it for that height and eye movement thing I mentioned earlier.  The brass of the light fixture was sprayed a silvery color to update it and make it a little less obvious.   

 Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

The planter was fifty cents at a garage sale and is just the right size and color for this spot!  The orchid is a total texture change and a color relief from the other accessories.

  8Sink Right

To the right of the sink displays some of the photos Wheels took in Alaska.  We’ve not displayed any of our travel photos or mementoes before.  The time just seemed right that this would become a sort of undercurrent theme in this round of house renovation. 

  Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

The left of the sink – well, it’s been an experimental art gallery.   The one that lasted the longest and seemed to fit best was the black framed monogram so it’s likely to be the permanent one.   Plus it’s the one hanging there now — and there are other projects calling!   

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How to choose color for your home – part II

Sunken Pool
Sunken Pool

An oft repeated rule of thumb in choosing color for your home is to start with an accessory you love.  The theory is that it is easier to match paint to a color in an expensive or sentimental painting, vase, pillow than it is to find accessories to go with the color. I did that in our kitchen.  Only the color inspiration was a set of mugs and trivets from a garage sale that cost $2.  Something in the color combination just sang.  And now our kitchen sings the same tune. 

 Then I fell in love with a color and dived in head first. 

 Pun fully intended!!  Since the name of the color is Sunken Pool.  See above!  Isn’t that just gorgeous?!!!!  IRL it is! 

 We chose that color for our powder room on the main floor.  The itty bitty room.  I didn’t have accessories that I wanted to feature and was more than willing to choose new ones.  We used bright white trim to make the bold color pop.  Loved it so much that we chose a sister color – just a bit lighter than Sunken Pool.  The dining room is Artesian Well.  Loved the results so much that we went just a bit lighter for the office walls – Morning Fog.  And then repeated that for the wall above the made over fireplace. 

 We were following another rule of thumb – repetition of a design element is pleasing.  Repetition of a color you like in varying values certainly play well together, so well, in fact, that such combinations earned their own name – monochromatic.  The color family we chose was a classic.  Turquoise is a universal color because almost every culture uses it in some form and attaches positive meaning to it.  Maybe because almost everyone looks good in turquoise.  Sunken Pool, Artesian Well and Morning Fog describe different aspects of one color family. 

 Another rule of thumb: colors that play well together as you move from room to room in the house provide the most satisfying surroundings.   Repetition is not the only way to achieve this.  Choosing colors with the same undertone for use in adjacent rooms helps color siblings get along.  This is where many people get frustrated because they don’t pick up on the undertones.  Or aren’t able to distinguish among the many different shades of colors.   So  hire a decorator.  Too expensive and time consuming for most of us.   People are much more likely to give up and reach for the “neutral”  paint.   But there are other choices! 

 And another rule of thumb!  My favorite!  Variety is the spice of life!  As much as I love turquoise the thought of painting every wall blue made me — well, blue!  We needed other satisfying colors to liven things up. 

Fortunately the paint companies make things very easy for us!  IF we take the time to look around a bit.  Almost every major manufacturer has a website with a color chooser.  If choosing color on a computer is not your thing, wander over to the paint display next time you are in the home improvement store.  Many paint brands will have some way to indicate which colors “go with” other colors.  Some will have swatches with a main color and four or five go-withs printed on the same swatch.  Others will have a proprietary method of indicating go-withs so you can put together your own choices.  

The colors I named above are Martha Stewart colors (now sold at Home Depot in the Glidden mix).  Each swatch has an icon in the corner.   Match the icons in the corner and you know those colors will work together very well.  Use those for the main colors in your home. The back of each swatch also has suggestions for accents and trim. Names are often another clue — like the three we chose all involve water.  Martha did the heavy lifting of distinguishing among the many nuances of colors and left us with the fun part of creating a personally pleasing palette for our own home. 

Other brands have different ways of indicating which colors work well.  Some make it very obvious, as Martha Stewart did with the icons. Others are more subtle, using swatch groupings. I like these systems because I love color and  I want lots of choices. Best of all, they are available to everyone for the asking.  You don’t need special training for success, no extra time required to use the systems and they are almost fool proof.  Sort of a Plug and Paint! 

I can’t tell you how long I carried around the swatches before I noticed the icons.  And then figured out how they worked.  All long before I actually saw an explanation.  That is what got me to look at other brands and how they worked.  My favorite paying jobs have been playing with color choices so if it took a while for me to figure this out – well, maybe I am just slow.  Or maybe this information will help someone else to find their own color love! 

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How to choose color for your home

How to Choose Color for Your Home -- A Pinch of Joy
How to Choose Color for Your Home -- A Pinch of Joy

This is not a how to post on choosing color in the usual sense. There is a lot of information available about color choosing.  For example, how to be aware of the undertones of colors – even neutral colors have an undertone and those with blue undertones don’t play well with those that have yellow undertones.  You can find out about monochromatic color schemes where a single color is represented by different shades and values.  Or complementary colors where opposite sides of the color wheel come into play, like orange and blue.  Or colors that are trending and therefore will keep you ahead of the Joneses and make your house sell instantly. And we’ve all heard the advice on keeping bland backgrounds so “everything will go with everything else.”   No,  this post is about how to choose color at the most basic level. 

Color affects us all profoundly.  The colors we choose to use in our homes have a play on our moods, our productivity and quality of life.   Most of us know that we are attracted to certain colors more than others.  Even little children can tell you their favorite color without hesitation.  Oftentimes these colors are those that complement our own coloring and personalities.  Some people do not need a lot of stimulation and truly are happier in surroundings that are neutral with little variants.  Other people would be terribly unhappy unless they are surrounded by color, whether pale pastels or rich jewel tones.  This post is about paying attention to those signals about color that we know intuitively.     And not being afraid to act on those signals. 

You see, we have a central powder room on the first floor.  Central meaning there are no windows.  And that the living room is on the other side.  And the office and kitchen are just steps away.  That it is quite small.  Think standing in the middle with arms held at shoulder height and bent at the elbows.  Your elbows will touch the side walls.  Make a quarter turn and straighten those arms.  Your fingers will touch the end walls.  Yeah, that small.   It was a garish bright yellow when we moved in and we covered it with a soothing buttery yellow wallpaper with a small gray,soft green and peachy design.  And liked it, but it began to cry for renewal.   And we were in a different time and place in our lives so renewal was good. 

I eagerly set out to gather paint samples and taped them to the wall.  Dozens were eliminated.  Wheels didn’t like those and I didn’t like another bunch.  Slowly we began to realize a pattern.  We were drawn to the bold this time around.  Since we were planning to repaint the entire house over a period of time we began to think about how this would fit in and what direction to take.  We were thinking that this small bathroom would be a good place to experiment.  And yes, we knew about pale colors making small spaces seem larger – but still the bold ones kept coming back.  The paint samples had dwindled to  ones very similar to those above.  They were taped to the bathroom wall.

One evening, a small group of women were visiting.  One commented about the paint samples taped to the wall. (Totally prepared for guests, I was!)    And, of course, everyone else had to come see.  When the last one moved up to the door for her look, she gasped and shouted down the short hall:  “Charlene, an Easter egg factory just blew up in your bathroom!” 

Next morning, I took another look.  An Easter egg factory.  I didn’t want people to think they were in an Easter egg factory.  Maybe it was too much color.   And I began to agonize.  We already had kind of decided which color we agreed upon but maybe it was too much.  So I didn’t do anything for a year.  For a WHOLE year.  But the weary wallpaper stopped crying for renewal and began to beg in flaking bits. 

This post is not about my friend and her reaction.  She’s welcome here anytime because she’s fun and funny and has been through enough in her life to know what matters and it is not drama for drama’s sake.  She is honest about things that matter.   No, it’s about my reaction to her reaction. 

We lead very different lives.  And what she saw as fun and maybe frivolous and way too much for her tastes suited us.  Because when I dug the paint swatches out of the drawer and added more, both Wheels and I immediately gravitated to the strong and bold.  Through a process of elimination we ended up with the very same ones we had before and one in particular kept rising to the top.  The one we both really liked the first time.  It was not a color we would have ever considered at previous times in our lives.  And we were both surprised at how it spoke to us. 

And so we finally painted the bathroom that color.  And love it!  Never once have I thought about Easter eggs when I walk in there.  We loved the color so much that we painted the dining room a lighter shade of the same color.  And love it!

How to choose color for your home?  Thoughtfully, with consideration for good design but mainly pay attention to the things that matter to you and those with whom you share your space.  And then have the courage and conviction to follow through on your decision.  You’ll love it! 

Check back to see what color we chose and how it all turned out! 

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