August 29, 2004


We're onto finalizing things with the painter. He begins on Tuesday. When we were settling things today in his apartment up in the West 90's he me nervous. "I don't let my guys smoke or drink on the job. You know if they drink and paint they get real sloppy."

In order to cut costs we went with one of the cheaper painters... also we're not painting ceilings or moldings as they need lots of repair (we'll look at the cracks as a patina). Our landlady isn't pitching in and I don't feel like spending the extra money to improve her place for her... it's only a year or so and we hope to buy something and start get renovating. But we do want some real color on the wall. White and grey is so dreary.

We're going with a Korean inspired color theme. This is an example of korean colors commonly used on fabric borders and so on:

These are somewhat different that the colors I've used in the past. Jenn found the colors of our last house (painted pre marriage) too masculine. For reference at Lakewood Ave I used:

So the challenge was finding something we could both live with... We couldn't use a pure set of Korean colors. They are too intense for our existing furniture so we have to tone them down a bit. This is our current plan (so far):

The transition from living room to bedroom looks funky on the computer, but it's ok on the wall. The bedroom color is a complex Islamic looking blue that could also be a Korean blue. At least that's the impression we hope it gives. The fear is that the bedroom will look like a swimming pool. We're a bit stymied by the kitchen. I had wanted to do some sort of linen colored walls with a rich blue ceiling, but that would be a hassle to repaint when we move out... Right now we've settled on a green similar to what we had in our old bedroom. Boring but we can't come up with something better. The red room is jenn's concession to me. I've had a red room in virtually every place I've had since college. We plan to put all my horns and maps and things in this room.

Once we have our own place again we'd like to get a bit more advanced with color-a modern Bloomsbury look. I'm thinking glazes, painted decorative ceilings, but one step at a time. Let's find the place first.

posted at 12:52 PM by raul

Filed under: personal history

TAGS: colors (1) house (3) painting (4)


08/30/04 10:52 AM

That blue in your bedroom would be awesome as a glaze... not so sure about it as a flat color, but as a glaze-amazing. The Franklin report can steer you in the right direction. You guys do have the Franklin report right? Of course glazing a rental is probably nuts, but you sound as nuts as we are, and we've done this kind of thing. Your wood pieces will look especially great against that blue.

I found your blog right after you started on the recently updated blogger list and check it every day (actually my rss reader checks it). Both my husband and I really enjoy seeing someone else with similar concerns. You've inspired us to blog our renovation (we're converting a warehouse in Queens). I'll send you the link when it's up.

Sally & Chatura

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