11 April 2009

Lavender Fields For...now...

If you've been reading this blog you know I wasn't thrilled with the colour of my upstairs bathroom. From the beginning I'd been planning on re-painting it a deep plum colour. So why did I end up with a shade more closely resembling lavender? I have no idea.

For the last month we've been living with paint chips taped to the bathroom wall (actually, there are chips in all the unpainted rooms now. It's not a look I'd recommend). The idea was to see how various hues looked in the room, and to help us decide which one we ultimately wanted to go with. On a whim I threw up a couple of neutral chips along with the plum ones. At some point I started realizing I didn't like any of the dark purple shades. Fine--we narrowed it down to two of the neutrals, and then finally to one: a mid-tone taupe-ish colour with subtle purple undertones ("Painted Rocks").

Paint was picked up on Thursday, room was painted yesterday. But somehow the purple undertones seem to have morphed into overtones, and taupe-ish seems to have translated as grey-ish. Checking the chip against the wall it's definitely not the same colour (but as the small print says, results may vary).

It's not horrible but it's not right, either. I don't love the way it looks with the lighter tiles and towels (although it looks okay with the dark tiles and great with the fixtures/trim). Had it not been a holiday yesterday, I would probably have gone back to the store for plum paint. As it is, it's staying this way at least until we get the rest of the house painted (in other words, since painting stops during gardening season, it'll be this colour for another year if not longer). In the meantime I guess I'll just have to console myself with new glass lamp shades (notice the bare bulb) and accessories!

To see what the bathroom looked like before, click here

1 comment:

bella said...

It's unfortunate the colour didn't turn out as you'd desired. Perhaps with the dark options made permanent, you'll find you like it after a year and decide to not change it. Otherwise, I am sure you'll find the perfect colour once you start the hunt anew.