If you’re like me, you love to peek into people’s homes; and if you’re like Dad and sister, you may enjoy peeking into kitchen cabinets, freezers, bed side tables, medicine cabinets, and dresser drawers. An old coworker and I would look at local house listings to just see how people decorated in neighbourhoods we liked.
What I’m getting at is: creep on creepster.
For background: I sold my last condo in July 2015 and had been curating a pinterest board of inspiration for my next home ever since. I just didn’t think it was going to take nearly 2 years to find a new place. Once I moved in at the end of February 2017 I hit the ground running and almost everything was decorated before the end of March.
I think most design choices are still perfect but there is one that I’m not particularly in love with. Not so much because I should have waited a bit longer and thought about it, I loved it then and living with it, it’s just not as great as I thought. Everyone makes mistakes. I’ll tell you more about it in a bit…
Do I need to tell you how much I hate purple? While we’re at it, I hate oversized dark furniture. Luckily, I’m not one of those millennials on House Hunters who goes on and on about how terrible a paint colour is and I could never live like this. Also, granite countertops aren’t that great; you have to re-seal them and a slip of a knife will slice it. I digress…
Here’s the fun fact about being a new home owner: the old owners take their bad furniture and you are allowed to paint over the purple.
For months and months I wanted to paint my bedroom a really, really light pink. I love pink, I’m single, and live alone; might as well seize the moment. This is the instance where aesthetically, there isn’t anything wrong (if you like pink, that is), but I don’t love it as much as I hoped. Though, I can say these pictures are great and makes the colour look better than it currently does with blackout blinds eliminating all the hot summer sun. Instead of bright, most of the time the walls look dingy and instead of bouncing the light, the walls seem to absorb it and look dull.
There’s something that just doesn’t feel finished about the room. I originally had a large print over the bed but it felt overwhelming but like this, it feels boring. The wall opposite my bed is empty, maybe some of the art needs to go there instead. I’d really like a new bed. What do you think? More contrast? Do I need something darker? Would you like me to design your baby girl’s nursery?
I’m in no rush to change anything or re-paint (because painting is the absolute worst) but maybe moving some things around and non-blazing fall and winter light will make it look bright and bouncy again.
Fun story: the paint colour is “My Sweetheart” by Behr and the gentleman mixing paint at Home Depot the last weekend of February handed me the can and asked “who’s the little sweetheart getting her room painted this darling shade of pink” to which I responded “that would be me. Pink’s gonna be popular, just you wait.” Well, I guess it kind of is as design superstar Orlondo Soria recently painted his bedroom a similar shade.
Oh you guuuuuuys! I’m still traumatized by the lime green. Don’t sit there thinking “oh you enhanced the colour”, no friends, it was bright lime green. They really loved bulky wood furniture…
This sweet room has strange walls, a tray ceiling, it’s narrow, and it’s my favourite.
I had no plans and then saw a photo of this room and made up my mind: one black wall. My regret is not doing this in my bedroom instead of
the guest room Laura’s room.
Paint and light composition is a funny thing. You’d think light pink would seem so bright but I find it to be dull and you’d think a black wall would make the room darker but it isn’t. The room gets great light and it bounces off the black and is magical. I guess 75% of the wall is also a mostly white curtain…but still. Best decision, ever.