does this make any sense?

autismmomApril 10, 2013

I am very challenged when it comes to decorating. My bathroom is 30 years old, original to house and Im trying to freshen it up a bit. it has like a modular white shower and separate white bath, white vanity etc. Sinks and faucets were replaced last year. So anyway my original plan was to remove wallpaper and paint with a nice rich color. The wallpaper was tan and the paint underneath is white. Now I'm noticing the tub and shower, floor tile and everything doesnt look as bad or old with the whiter walls that were underneath the wallpaper. Its like everything seems to blend and the old stuff doesnt stand out like a sore thumb so much. So now I'm just thinking of painting it all some shade of white. I was wondering if there is any logic or science to what I am observing, I hope its not just me imagining it, thanks!

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In the case of color, perception is reality!

Your old tan wall color could very well have been reflected as a dingy cast on your white fixtures. With it gone and the wall white, that dinginess would be gone, and everything would look fresher and cleaner.

So if you want a rich color, you should have it, with the understanding that the color you pick could also affect how you see the white things. If you choose red, for example, your white could seem a little pink - if you choose blue, it could seem icier and cooler.

Your lighting in the room will also make a difference reflected off your white things. Florescent, incandescent, halogen, and LED lights have very different effects.

So before you choose something, get a sample, maybe more than one, paint a nice big piece of foam core with two coats, and put it by your fixtures for a couple of days to see what it does.

And don't worry about how much you know. Just gaze at everything, think about what you see, and trust that.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 9:29AM
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It makes complete sense. The white will definitely pick up a cast from it's surroundings. There was a story in the back of This Old House magazine or Old House Journal where a man demolished a bathroom full of fixtures he thought were pink, and it was only the walls that were bright pink--but he only found this out when the broken fixtures were outside.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 9:46AM
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White is a beautiful color and an all white bathroom is so refreshing. If you like the white, then give it a go! You can add some color with your towels and textiles if you like, or keep it all white. As beautiful a look as color, when done well. You mention old fixtures and cabinetry, so the lack of contrast with the wall could also play them down, as less of a feature to look at, less visible, less pop.

You could also do a pale tint. Layering whites can be tricky. Watch the undertones.

Funny with the fixtures. I love my creamy biscuit white and just painted the small powder room green (good amount of yellow). They took on a much more yellow cast that made me kind of sick. It showed most on the tank top (very visible and a little green) but the floor also reflected enough green to wreck the beautiful cream and gold tile I loved so much. Then I changed the bulbs to a whiter, cleaner one (EcoVantage Soft which were great at washing out color, lol). It removed some of the yellow, cleaning it up enough so I don't want to repaint! The room doesn't take on that gray fluorescent look at all, like the kitchen did. When all comes together, I think it might actually turn out like what I envisioned!

This post was edited by snookums2 on Wed, Apr 10, 13 at 11:54

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 11:52AM
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I just had the same thing happen to me. We have a small bathroom in a Florida condo that had hideous wallpaper. I stripped the wallpaper intending to paint it a chosen color. The white walls after stripping were so appealing to me that I went with a soft white. I am very happy with the results.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:19PM
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