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One of These Things is Not Like the Other

Posted: August 24th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

So this post was going to be about my first COLOR in the house. Yes, I know this is pathetic but I just really like my neutrals and my whole house can tell you that.  Maybe this tells a lot about my character. I’m not really a risk taker, I like to wear a lot of  black, I crave routines and structure…I could go on but this is not about me right? Golly.

Okay - Here is my guest bath before. Take note: calm, boring, safe.

bathroom after

So I went out there and I got my inspiration from this blue chair


I thought it matched nicely with the grayish, blue undertones of the tile…(middle one on top with the stars called Watertower).



And then, well let me just say “Welcome to Smurfville!” And nothing against smurfs, Mindy.



At first I kinda liked the new, fresh color, but boy is it blue and all around you. And maybe if my house had more colors in it - this wouldn’t be so bold. Or maybe if it would just be the kid bath, I could handle that. But this is the main guest bath. It also is a very awkward layout so there is a lot of wall space. And all the wall space is blue.



The bottom line is, it is just not me. It’s a gut thing, and every time I walk past it - I think - who is this?

So I’m giving it a week physically, because my husband told me so, but mentally, this color is already being replaced with another (cover your ears) neutral.

Any words of advice?

Any safe colorful paint suggestions for me? Maybe a gray color with blue tint?

Or do you just want to yell at me, “Take a risk Katie!”


Okay, only suggestions please!

♥ Katie

I’m going to link this over to Susan’s Met Monday  and Twice Remembered Make Your Monday Party hoping for some empathy or words of advice on a makeover gone wrong! And stay tuned for the before, after, and after

11 Comments on “One of These Things is Not Like the Other”

  1. 1 Angélique said at 5:55 am on August 24th, 2009:

    I think you should live with it for a while. The color is dynamic and amazing!!!

  2. 2 Jersey Girl said at 7:08 am on August 24th, 2009:

    Katie —

    Why not leave the blue but distract from it by adding to the wall? I suggest putting up some beadboard / wainscoting half way up the wall with some nice trim and painting it white. If it is a small area (as you describe) it should not be expensive. Keep us posted!

  3. 3 Cheri Peoples said at 9:58 am on August 24th, 2009:

    You could always rag roll over it. Use a white or off white and it will dull down the color a lot but still give you color. You can add more than one color to rag roll. you could do a light light gray and white. It looks marbled.

    I hope you will come over and check out this weeks Knock off and I bet you have some things you could post to the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT Party.
    Its So Very Cheri

  4. 4 ches said at 10:57 am on August 24th, 2009:

    I think a board and batten treatment which is similar to wainscoating will look beautiful. I think Kimba over at A Soft Place to Land has a post about it. Another blueish color that looks good is Gliddens gentle tide.

  5. 5 Terry said at 4:00 pm on August 24th, 2009:

    I don’t know about the blue either. I have 3 blue ceilings but no blue walls. But walls space is nice to have in a little room. Can you fill them up with art? It’s great when a guest bath is a surprise - a little jewel box.

  6. 6 Tami said at 7:24 pm on August 24th, 2009:

    I love it. In fact I may need to copy you… what is the exact color???

  7. 7 Amanda@ImperfectlyBeautiful said at 8:17 pm on August 24th, 2009:

    Finding just the right shade of soft blue is one of the most difficult tasks I know of…seriously! But huge KUDOS to you for taking that leap. I think you should try again. Don’t go neutral.

    I bookmarked a color I fell in love with in BHG last year. It is a soft grey blue called Quiet Moment by Benjamin Moore. It was in the October 2008 issue in the article “Fully Booked”. Take a look and see what you think. I think it would be neutral enough for you and a bold step all at once.

    Good luck

  8. 8 Twice Remembered said at 8:17 pm on August 24th, 2009:

    Oh, I really like the blue, but I agree with the other posters who suggested beadboard halfway up to break up the blue. I think it would look stunning!

  9. 9 Sheri said at 9:05 am on August 25th, 2009:

    I’m thinking white beadboard or even painting a wall or two white. I wouldn’t repaint the entire thing. Just add to it, to take away from it (Makes sense huh? LOL)

  10. 10 Emily said at 11:06 am on August 25th, 2009:

    You crack me up Katie! :) I think it looks good but knowing you I totally understand where you’re coming from. I agree with what someone else mentioned, would it be better if you added some moulding be it white beadboard or something to break up some of the blue?
    BTW, need to get together soon. Miss you! :)

  11. 11 Clean and Classic Interiors » Blog Archive » Blue Bathroom Take 2 said at 3:53 am on August 31st, 2009:

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