Last Updated on October 18, 2019 by Kristi Linauer
I’m still waiting for my hardwood flooring to acclimate to the studio before I start installing, so that’s given me plenty of time to obsess over the walls in my half bathroom at the back of the studio.
And obsess I have. 😀 I thought I had narrowed down the choices to three, which I shared a few days ago, but the more I looked at those and read your comments, the more I questioned those choices. And if I’m questioning, that means that I don’t really love them. If I really love a design choice, I’m going to go for it no matter what.
So I got out some craft paint, brushes, and art brushes, and just started playing around with patterns, colors, etc., to see if something finally clicked.
I started off by trying a design similar to this Cole & Sons Prism wallpaper.
I didn’t get very far before I realized that while I love that pattern, and I love all of the colors, it would make me crazy on a wall. So I’ll save that design for a place where it can be used in a much smaller dose.
I kept going back to this idea of an ombre or gradient design. I started off just trying a single color with an organic shape that gets lighter as the rows getting lighter as the rows
As much as I loved that, I just couldn’t picture using one single color on the bathroom walls. I’ve had my heart set on a multi-colored design.
So then I went to the complete opposite end of the spectrum and used ALL of the colors. 😀
That was way too much color. That belongs in a child’s room. So then I just isolated the warm colors.
Then I felt like I was getting somewhere, except that that bright yellow stuck out like a sore thumb. It needed other colors in between for a more subtle transition.
That reminded me of flower petals, so I used those colors and painted a very simple flower. I had no idea how this idea could be used, but I just needed to get it out of my system. But I do think it would be pretty as something like this huge wall mural.
But I was going the wrong direction with that. I had started off wanting something linear or geometric, and I was heading in the organic shape and then flower direction. There’s no way I’d put flowers on my bathroom walls when that room is so close to the studio where I’ll be using a big floral wallpaper.
I did love those colors, though. I liked the warm colors being used as a gradient without the inclusion of greens, purples, and blues.
So I stuck with that orange-to-pinkish red gradient on a stripe design.
I later added a hand painted herringbone design based on a wallpaper I saw on Pinterest (which I can’t find now). But none of this was clicking for me. I was surprised, because y’all know I generally love all the stripes. Anything striped. I want to put stripes on everything. But when it came right down to it, I just had a hard time picturing stripes in that bathroom.
I did feel like I had found the colors I wanted to work with, though. So I graduated from small bottles of craft paint to real wall paint, and picked up these three colors.
These are all Behr from Home Depot. The yellow is Marsh Marigold, the orange is Orioles, and the pinkish red is Roulette. And I made sure that all three looked good with the studio wallpaper.
I did a little sample ombre/gradient using these three colors, and I think they’ll be beautiful together, and I also went ahead and painted the ceiling the yellow color.
And somewhere along the line, during all of my color and pattern testing, I also came across a geometric wall design that will work perfectly. It’s a combination of two of my favorite things — stripes and Greek key designs. It’s a design that I can create with painters tape on the entire wall, then paint all four walls. That will be so much easier than using a stencil.
So I am going to keep a few of the details to myself for now, but I’ll be sharing soon. And I’m hoping that it all turns out the way I see it in my mind, but if not, y’all know I’ll just start over again. 😀
The whole point is that the creative process — trying out different ideas, seeing what sticks and what doesn’t, letting one idea spark another idea, and working my way towards a final result that speaks to me — is sometimes very time-consuming, but it’s a huge part of what I love about this process. Sometimes things work out, and sometimes they don’t. But as long as I enjoy the process, that’s what keeps me going.
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