“Dear Color Therapy. I have a bathroom in a rental with pink tile. Pink, Miami-Beach-in-the-50s tile. I’m not about to spend a nickel removing it. What can I do??”
Dear Blushing: Paint the room pink, too! Trump those tiles with a little decorative painting to take you to another time and place, and use pink as the ground because anything else would call more attention to what you’re hiding.
Ok, so this is my earlier, funnier work, and I had no idea what it meant to use a “classical palette” for the landscapes in this situation. (Hint: a warm and cool of each primary, plus earth tones. You can accurately portray the whole world from a dozen colors…)
But what I think I did know was composition. Within this tiny space--and New York bathrooms are often ugly lightless spaces visited many times a day—we created many small vistas meant to be transporting, though one wants the camera with the $1500 lens to really capture them. There’s the entering view, the standing view, the sitting view, the entering the shower view, the exiting the shower view, &c. All this, on the theme of a Tuscan sunset. Birds and a balloon suggest a populated world.
Ralph Lauren, Tea Rose VM49
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter