#19 Rachel’s Bloody Good Bathroom
Location: Austin, Texas
Type: 3 bedroom home built in 1935 – owned
Why I use color: I use color in a very instinctual way. I go with my gut instinct and it normally works out perfectly. I have always regretted the few times that I have second guessed myself and gone with a “safer” color.
The bathroom has no windows and is in the heart of the house, so I decided to use a blood red color palette and sacred heart imagery. We painted the walls and the ceiling the same color as the bathtub. Painting the ceiling a dark color gives the room a very warm, relaxing and womblike feel.
When we were having the tub refinished, the refinishing company was having trouble coming up with a color that was “blood” red. Their first attempts were all too pink/fuchsia. The legend goes that the foreman pricked his finger and wiped the blood onto an index card and they used that to match the color for the tub.
2 Good color tips:
1. Old porcelain sinks & claw foot tubs can refinished in any color that you can imagine. Salvaging an old claw foot tube and having it refinished in a cool color is often less expensive than buying a brand new white tub.
2. When considering paint chips – make sure to look at them in many different lights. When I was trying to pick the color for the exterior of my house – I sat outside with the paint chips and looked at them under the sun. They looked totally different than when I looked at them inside under incandescent light or at work under the florescent lights.
2 Good color resources:
1. I get endless inspiration from the homes of my friends. I try to always look around, notice what colors they use and how they might have used color in a new & interesting way, or in a way I might not have considered myself.