Friday, May 12, 2006

What Hue are You?

I'm very very very excited to move into my new place. I ironed out (most of) the details with my new fabulous housemates last night and should be moving in around the first.

There is just one small detail..

My room needs a make over!

The room itself is big with two windows and a little nook for a desk. However, the walls are dingy white and there are no blinds, window treatments etc on the windows. Now I'm very good at decorating when I have something to work with...but I'm starting here from scratch.

I have to buy furniture, bedding, and pick out a color to paint the walls..


Robert Verdi where are you when I need you?

I'd like to start with the walls, since I can get them painted BEFORE I move in. But what color? Do I want warm and cozy? Taupe? Chocolate? Persimmon? Cranberry? Or should I go light and airy with moss or slate or stone or sky?

Do I want a boudior or a sex den or a cozy room or ultra sheik or retro or what?

Shikani its Edwina...Green Darling.

Ok, any tasteful suggestions will be greatly appreciated.



Blogger John said...

This should give you some great ideas:

12:10 PM  
Blogger Chox said...

I'll help you out. I'll paint, install new light fixtures, curtains, blinds, whatever you want. It'll be fun. :-)

We should hit some thrift stores in the Mission for accent pieces and art.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Cyn said...

I am soooo happy for you!!! I only wish I was there to help - you know me and paint! I think I have offically lost 12 sq. ft in my house , if i keep this up, it will become a one bedroom w/ den :P

3:26 PM  
Blogger Jason M said...

Cappuccino Brown with a fat off hue horiontial stripe halfway down the wall. Off white tie-top curtains and Floating Shelves. 'Pottery Barn' meets 'Design Within Reach', cant go wrong!

(Estrogen Factor on this blog has now reached maximum capacity.)

4:09 PM  
Blogger Jason M said...

4:11 PM  
Anonymous pam said...

So glad you found a place!
As for decorating, you said it yourself---you have fabulous taste when you have something to start with. So... find something to start with! Find a comforter, a piece of furniture, etc. that you can't live without---and you will know where you want to go from there.

4:40 PM  
Blogger the doc said...

Go with light colored walls, in the basic color scheme you plan to utilize (light beige, slight yellow tinge, light blue, etc.) Light walls make the room appear larger. Avoid white and light green...too institutional, unless, of course, you want your room to resemble your friendly Emergency Room or Operating Room.

Use flat (washable) paint on the walls. Then use the same color in semi-gloss on the woodwork in the room. This prevents the "chopped-up" look. Everything just flows.

Then show your unique flair with the furnishings: Choice of bed and bedding. Upholstery. Lamps and light fixtures. Rugs. Pictures and/or wall hangings or a wallpaper border at the top of one or all walls.

You may not be able to create your ideal abode in short order, but Rome was not built in a day. You can change furnishings (I wanted to say "acutremonts", but I did not know how to spell it) as your financial resources enable you to do so. But you don't want to be repainting often. So, keep the walls simple. They are, after all, just walls, the palate of the room.

4:51 PM  
Blogger The Untraveled Travel Guy said...

Not to break the bank Kel, but there is a fabu store in SOMA call Room and Board. Not all of their stuff is expensive...I love that store!!

Have fun.


5:27 PM  
Blogger StratoCade said...

I think you should go with plaid. Plaid plaid plaid. And maybe a burgundy chesterfield and a big print of the "Durham White Ox"... Or not.

Seriously, though, it would be impossible to tell you what color to paint until we know what sort of flooring you have. Wood? Pergo? Berber? Shag?

6:57 PM  
Blogger Pookie Pie said...

Wow. After reading what The Doc said, I don't think I have anything to add.

You'll do fine.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous scottk said...

I agree with Doc, You can always ad color to the room with just a few nice wall hangings or pictures. That way oif you feel like a change later down the road you can get new art/pictures.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

What I like to do whether I get the option to paint the walls or not is keep the walls neutral but not basic white or traditional beige.

But a room needs colour and while I like rooms that have rich colours on the walls it often keeps you in one sort of style.

So to avoid this I go to the art store and buy huge canvases and paint them solid colours and put them up on my walls.

Depending on your flair or taste you can choose multiple colours or sizes or one colour multiple sizes or whatever makes your bum hum.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why dont you pick a color that always bring back fond memories and the thought of happy time since that is what you want to be reminded of while you are there. just dont pick sperm white, i am sure that will be the color in due time.
hehe just kidding

he who walks down dusty roads

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Cyn said...

OK-That's it Kel. You simply MUST bring all of these people to Texas for a week - I'll hand over the credit card, go on vacation and come back to a mini paradise!!! Deal???
Anyhoodle - How is it going?? Make any kind of decisions yet?? We need an update!!

4:01 PM  
Blogger David said...

I guess it all depends on what color the sling is and where you plan to install it.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Moby said...

eeeek! I can't even bring myself to decorate my own pad. now you want advice? Run Todo Run!

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Jay said...

Any progress?

2:44 PM  
Blogger the doc said...

Hue? Wasn't that the old imperial capital of Vietnam and the site of some fierce combat during the Vietnam War? I know that is ancient history to you young folks, but it was current events and news headlines in my younger days.

I guess Jay, like myself, is wondering if he is a finalist in the paint the room competition, a la "American Idol". When does the countdown commence?

10:07 PM  

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