My biggest conundrum is the downstairs loo. It is quite small, no window, tucked away off the entrance hall, and currently painted a bright orangey / red. I am not really keen on the colour and want to change it but am having trouble deciding what to do with it. P has already decreed "No wallpaper; No tiles" as that is too much work. So, paint it is then. But which colour do I choose?
I have spent (far too many) hours browsing home decorating magazines and websites looking for inspiration. Do I go for the safe option and paint it all white or should I be brave and opt for a rich, dark colour?
These three appeal to me, but I shall have to wait until we move in before we can decide what do.
I quite like the art gallery.
What would you prefer for your smallest room - light or dark?
When i look at magazines, i always admire the very dark blues or greens but i am not brave enough to use them. I always opt for white or very pale colours, pretty boring really.ReplyDelete
When i go for all white, it never looks as nice as seeing it in a magazine feature.
I like the bathroom with the gallery wall
Yes, it never looks as good in real life does it.Delete
I am currently leaning towards a mixture of light and dark... perhaps with a gallery thrown in!
Probably light would be better if it has no window but I do like the dark. That green is very smart.ReplyDelete
On the other hand the art gallery is practical. Gives a bit of diversion while sitting on the throne. Wasn't much help was I.
I'm sure it'll come to you, in the middle of the night
The pictures would cover up any uneven plastering too 😉Delete
I'd go with what you say. Any preference I had would be wrong. Last time I made such a choice the kids asked why was I painting th wall with poo.ReplyDelete
Hmm.. not a good choice then?Delete
Light, but why be in such a rush? You aren't even living there yet. A coat of white emulsion in the interim while you make a decision would be a compromise if you cant live with it for a few months as it is.ReplyDelete
I am very impatient, Rachel.Delete
I probably shall just paint it white at first then think about it for a while.
"As it has no window, I would definitely go for white. And maybe that's the best location for the framed photo-collage that you recently won. I think that dark paint and lots of framed images would make the little room quite oppressive." - Laurence Llewelyn-BowenReplyDelete
Thank you for your well considered advice. I do so love your TV shows. Such uplifting experiences.Delete
With no natural light (only artificial) you need something that doesn’t change colour when you turn the light on. Something to make it look a little larger than it is…..just no mirrors tho’.ReplyDelete
Aww.. I was thinking of a floor to ceiling mirror on the wall opposite the loo!Delete
You have a point about the light affecting colour. I may get a daylight bulb for that room.
Isn't it fun, planning ahead? I love the gallery look. Grey is not a colour I'd have in my house, but that's personal preference. I've seen navy and deep spruce greenlook stunning in some room settings. Be bold. It's just one small room. Sorry, white is . . . boring, but that's to me. We've always had colour in our home.ReplyDelete
Yes, I suppose it is the element of fun rather than a real need to change it. I enjoy the planning process really.Delete
I may have a combination of white with something dark...possibly...
Possibly! Nothing like hedging your bets JayCee!Delete
I agree with white or light grey or a creamy colour as there isn't a window. You don't want anything oppressive.ReplyDelete
In a small cloakroom we had, which did have a small window, we painted the top half white and had a patterned mid-blue paper on the bottom half. It was also where I had my gallery of Native American pictures as my husband wasn't keen on them going anywhere else. I was pleased with the finished result.
Planning is the exciting part of moving house.
I enjoy the planning more than the execution.Delete
I love the art gallery but the low pictures at my house would end up with male pee all over them. I have to scrub the walls as it is....ReplyDelete
I think you definitely have to wait until you live with it a bit. Sitting in there with the door closed will help you decide! I am so excited for you to move! Can't wait for the tour! :)ReplyDelete
These final few weeks seem to be dragging so slowly.Delete
I love the art gallery idea.ReplyDelete
So do I, Weaver.Delete
Light and bright would be my choice.ReplyDelete
Just like your good self, Mr Northsider.Delete
As a former cleaner, my only comment is that dark walls show all the dust and cobwebs and are hell to clean without marring them.ReplyDelete
Ah, thanks for the tip!Delete
With no window, definitely light. Perhaps you could pick out a piece of art and use one of the prominent shades from it as your paint.ReplyDelete
I shall need to sit and ponder a while.Delete
I'd go with the light as well. I do like the art gallery, but lets me frank, the pictures should not go down to the splatter zone.ReplyDelete
That's what Lynda said too. Shudder...Delete
Of the three you show, I prefer the third. A warm pale grey usually fits the bill, and would be a perfect background for pictures.ReplyDelete
I am currently leaning towards grey. Just need to find the right shade, and check it in the light.Delete
Funnily enough I have also been musing about painting our downstairs toilet. It is currently wallpapered and and the loo itself is a wine red as is the basin so I'm thinking of replacing that with white and perhaps going for grey or black as a general colour theme but then I do have a window in mineReplyDelete
Ooh, please let me know how that goes. Would love to see a photo.Delete
I'd do three walls/door light and behind the throne dark with some art work on all the wals. Throughout my life in my own home I have never been a door closer so lack of window in such a small space would not be a problem.ReplyDelete
Ooh no.. I have to close and lock the door. Even after forty years together a girl has to preserve some dignity.Delete
After four years of dementia late husband and I had no dignity! The Dog still likes to see where I am....Delete
We had bold colour but not as dark as that. We rather like the art gallery. You could put different pics in one or two frames from time to time just to change the view.ReplyDelete
I would go for a dark ( blue) back wall and maybe a pale grey for the rest...and yes to pictures, though talking from experience it depends how wide the space is as they can easily get knocked off while " adjusting ones clothing"!! Can't wait to see you new home, even before any painting goes on!ReplyDelete
Oh, so many practical tips. I don't know what to do now!Delete
A difficult decision, but I would wait until you've lived there for a while. If you choose grey, be very careful which shade you use, or the walls could resemble unpainted concrete, especially if you use a satin-finish emulsion.ReplyDelete
Personally, as the room is small and has no window, I'd go for light, rather than dark.
I think I shall try a few tester pots first. It is only a small room and not very important but one that our guests are likely to use!Delete