Black Jade Chinoiserie in the Bath

Color Therapy

Longtime readers of this column will know that I redo my bathroom more often than I run out for eggs, so for bathroom renovation month at Apartment Therapy, let's look at my latest foray. File this under "Why Not."

I love the idea of this, but I wish I liked it just a bit more. The base is actually a striè of two similar colors, which you could only see in hard, raking light for two weeks until the emulsion glossed out. I wanted the blackest underwater blue-green, like black jade. The ornament is the color of patina bronze, and none of this made sense until I got the birds up and running, which have Phthalo blue and a bit of coral. I like the samples I made more than the actual thing itself; it sat unfinished for six months, and now I've finally polished it off. Sort of... It's also so dark, shiny and small that it's nearly impossible to photograph; and, as always, the walnut-colored tile remains a liability, but it is a rental.

My inspiration was some little mid-century mini-survey of Chinese watercolors that I picked up off the street. I can't quite tell if this is cheesy; but, as I say, it was an experiment for future potential projects I may someday take to market.

(Images: Mark Chamberlain)