The basement bathroom is ready to paint. I've talked before about my love of cream-colored paint, and so my original plan was to paint the bathroom Sea Salt like the dining room. Then I remembered that our basement is in fact painted with colors: I used two shades of DARK cream, otherwise known as yellowish, and I think a white bathroom would be not so pretty next to that.
Oh, who am I kidding, it's that painting with cream-colored paint is unbelievably dull, as bad as painting two coats of primer, and I'm sick of it and I don't want to do it again. I want to use a color not because I particularly want colored walls, but because it's boring to paint with white. If I were hiring a painter I'd have the painter use cream, but I'm NOT so I'm NOT. Okay, and FINE, I think it would be fun to choose a color for a change.
So! Let's choose a color. One of the shades I used in the basement is the exact color of eggnog. Seriously, I'd poured some into a little plastic container for doing the edges, and I kept ALMOST drinking it. The other shade is the same basic idea as the eggnog shade, but one step darker down on the strip---more like Classic Pooh (as opposed to rainbow-yellow Disney Pooh).
I am NO GOOD at choosing colors, but I AM happy with those shades of dark cream. So one possibility would be to use the same one(s) in the bathroom. Problem: would yellow be kind to complexions in the mirror? I would like to be kind. Plus: kind of boring to do the same color again.
What appeals to me most is a light green, yellowish, new-leaf-type. But greens are so hard to choose! One false move and it's Hospital or Seafoam or Mint or Nauseated. Plus, with the complexions? No good?
I'm also considering a pale, glowing lilac color. I asked Paul if that would be too girly and he said no, that would be fine. But this is probably the bathroom our ADOLESCENT BOYS will be using later on. Not that boys can't take showers in a purple bathroom. In fact, they should feel fortunate I don't make them use the garden hose in the driveway.
I don't really want to dither this to death, though. When I chose those yellows, I took every single remotely-cream/yellow paint chip in the store, and I leafed through them for WEEKS. I dealt them out and compared. I eliminated some, then added them back in. I paused Gilmore Girls so I could see which yellows looked most like the yellows in Luke's apartment and in Lorelai's house. I poster-puttied finalists to the walls so I could do quick evaluations every time I walked by, and so I could see them at all times of day. I fretted that I should really be getting sample cans and painting little pieces of the wall.
This time I was thinking I might just...walk into the store, pick a color that looks good, and go out with a can of paint. The bathroom kind of needs to be painted this weekend. I mean, it wouldn't be an emergency if I postponed, but I think I've pushed the patience of the flooring people far enough already.
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