Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Boycott That Occurred In My House

I liked the color, a great coral called Charisma. The powder bathroom was certainly lacking any traces of that characteristic and I was yearning for a wonderful pop of fabulous color in this room.


But as soon as the paint covered the walls the boycott began. The kids would come home from school, rush to find a bathroom, only to skid to a stop yelling out, "I'm not going into that room!"


So I asked my husband. "What do you think?"

"Did you see my reaction when I went in", he replied, insinuating the answer was obvious.

"No, I missed that."

"Here, let me reenact the moment."



Hilarious. I get your point.

So I stepped out into garage to see if there was a quick fix and spied a nearly full can of Quietude. Exactly what was required to calm this family down.


As soon as a big swatch of the new color was painted, the thank yous and the happy dances began.


Must they be so dramatic. It's just paint for goodness sake.


I myself liked the color. I had even planned on adding a wash for a subtle striae effect and to add depth.



But peace within the family is more important, (not to mention accessible bathrooms)..and I do like the Quietude. Now I just need to run the new color to the ceiling. Or perhaps I'll skip that and just add some crown molding!


And I still like the idea of adding a wash, to add depth. 
But good grief, decorating has apparently become a democratic process in my house.

54 comments :

  1. Oh, I like the first color so much. The second is pretty, too, though!

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  2. just ignore the family, what would they know anyway!! you should have gone all out with some really exy english wallpaper, that would have shown them!

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  3. Oh my....I had better get my house done before my kids start to care! Although Maddie did tell me she wants a red bedroom yesterday.....

    I think it looks great both ways. I hope you made them help repaint it :)

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  4. You have the cutest family! Love the new paint and their reactions, by the way.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  5. That's so funny. I always tell my family that I wish they would give me their opinion about the design of our house, but when they don't like something I get irritated.

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  6. That is soooo funny! I wish we could have seen the color a little more:(

    What else is funny? For my powder room, I have been looking at Rainwashed, Quietude, and Halcyon...I may jump over a swatch and go with Rain, though! It's sad how such a small space can have you stumped when it comes to painting it!

    Thanks for the early morning laugh, I needed it!

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  7. That is hilarious! I've also wanted to coral room but I don't think my husband would appreciate it. After reading this - I am certain it wouldn't go over well - darn:)

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  8. I hope you don't mind but i also like the second color better..though i wanted to see what the first one would look like all done..but domestic harmony must always take precedence :))I say go for the crown molding..have a lovely day, janell..xx meenal

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  9. Well, I did like the coral, but totally understand the consensus approach. We do a lot of that around here. Quietude looks lovely.

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  10. Too funny, my family would be the same way, only speaking up when they really don't like something. It's good you listened! How about painting your coral color on the ceiling, or maybe the ceiling and about 1' of the walls and finish it off with a little bit of applied rope moulding...?! That way you get your pop of color!

    Cathy

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  11. That's too funny. I have to agree with your family...I prefer the second color. But I will say that if they had let you run with the first color, I'm sure you would have found a way to make it look fabulous!

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  12. Wow, that is too funny, Janell! I have to say the coral looked just like the one I ended up picking for our guest bedroom. Now that it's on the walls, I can't stand it! But get this, my husband likes it!!! And doesn't want me to repaint it! Go figure. So when I saw your coral, I thought, oh, I can't wait to see the completed room, maybe I'll get some ideas on what to do with mine. But no such luck now, ha! Oh well. :)

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  13. Maybe the lighting in your powder room made your coral look less desirable. Will your family let you accessorize with coral?

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  14. How funny! Quietude is a really nice color though, I've always liked it. I don't think I'd be brave enough to paint a room coral, so I tend to agree with your family but I also reconize that I'm also a big chicken when it comes to stuff like decorating, so I'm SURE the coral bathroom would have been fabulous. But sometimes making everyone happy is worth it. :) I'm interested to see what a wash would look over it!

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  15. That's hilarious! I actually like both colors. I think the coral really made your mirror frame pop.

    And while I know this post is about the paint, I can't help but say I am totally in love with your wood floors!!!

    ~Tricia

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  16. Sheesh, really, Janell, do they think they get to vote on these things! ; ) Unfortunately, I think you have to go with the majority on this one.

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  17. What a shame! I loved the coral, and although it was a risk, I bet they would have grown to love it with the streie effect and accessorizing. Quitetude is one of my favorite colors as well, so I know you'll make it just as beautiful! I think there is a reason I live alone!

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  18. I can't believe you caved! The first color was so pretty!!! (Although the blue is nice, too.)

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  19. I prefer the quietude...but the other color couldn't make me boycott any bathroom! Nicely done.

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  20. ha! i think that is exactly what would happen if i tried the same thing. i love that melon color as well, but some people just can't catch the vision!
    :)
    and quietude is such a pretty color..you can be sure of no complaints with it!

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  21. A slippery slope indeed: decorating is a thoroughly democratic process in my house, and believe me, it can lead to some very bland spaces ;)

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  22. Err, not that I'm trying to call your powder room bland - just saying, it can be so hard to please everyone and still end up with style!

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  23. interesting how everyone is affected by color in one form or another...and that your family is especially!! :)
    love the new color in your powder room, both colors were very pretty...
    but harmony, as you say, in the family is much more important...

    maureen

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  24. I'm with you, I like the first color as well. But, if that new color can evoke that kind of excitement, well, that's a good thing, right? Hope you have a great week!

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  25. I like the color too! Bummer that they tormented you like that :) Funny - just asked Handy Hubby about hanging crown in our half bath. He almost hyperventilated so guess he's not over our last crown molding adventure yet. I'll give it another week!

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  26. The coral colour was beautiful, but so is your final choice. Your final choice actually looks similar to the colour I chose for my guest room. The pictures in the post are so cute.

    Oksana from www.ordermatters.com/blog

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  27. Too funny! They just need to trust you with the direction you were going. I like the stripe idea! Now you can add touches of coral throughout the bathroom instead:)

    I get that too with my family. They balk at some of my choices but at the end, they agree I was right!

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  28. Janell,I love that about YOU. You take your family into consideration and how they will feel and live in the space. I love the new color much better, but I am the gal that does not come close to anything with an orange base in it, but you know that about me. This looks much more like the rest of your home and it is a very soothing pretty color. Maybe next time they will be up for more color!!! Good Job, Good Mom, Good Wife, Good Decorator!!xo Kathysue

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  29. The coral was so pretty! Sometimes family peace is more important than a beautiful wall color...I guess :). The turquoise is pretty too, very soothing.

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  30. i like the new paint. the coral was beautiful and lively, but maybe it alters very much the way you see colors... e.g. yourself in the mirror... not sure tho... you have seen it. :)

    agnes / iiiinspired

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  31. Love both the colors! Maybe you can find another way to us that color, its fabulous!

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  32. this is a funny post - i do like the color you ended up with - what a hoot!

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  33. Ha! That is so funny! Sometimes something's gotta give when it comes to pleasing the family's ideas for color, I do actually like BOTH color choices, but good compromise.
    :)
    Kate

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  34. Ha! I'm glad to hear that someone else has an opinionated husband when it comes to decorating! I was nearly in tears yesterday when hubby didn't like something that I thought was amazing! The new color looks great, though.

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  35. That's hilarious. I swear paints like Charisma and such are for single ladies and a lucky few whose husbands don't care what they do with the house.

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  36. Democracy is overrated, isn't it? ;)

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  37. I like the coral and I like the new color, too. Maybe you can introduce a piece of furntiure somewehre in your house in the coral color? Loved the photos of your family having a look at it!

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  38. So funny! Love seeing the reactions from you family. Priceless!

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  39. Sounds exactly like my family - everyone has an opinion! I'm trying to figure out why those who aren't involved in the actual painting process should get a vote :)

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  40. Love that this happens to others. I had a grand color for my living room and had painted it the perfect blue. I already had a rug in gray, browns and blues. Best Loved Hubby (who always likes my decor decisions) and the baby boy reluctantly told me they hated it! Hubby said it reminded him of his room when he was five! I repainted it Classic Taupe the next day (Christmas Eve). Everyone happy!

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  41. Carmel, I like your thinking! And Cathy, on Christmas Eve?! I now feel better! Janell

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  42. Funny post, Janell! My bedroom is halcyon green and my master bath quietude...love those colors. But at first glance I thought you'd left a narrow ribbon stripe of coral around the top of the walls....and LOVED it! thoughts?

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  43. So funny Janell! When I wallpapered the tiny little hallway black and white Luke and came home from school and saw it, yelled at me with tears in his eyes "you are the most horrible designer ever"!! I felt bad but couldn't remove the wallpaper. The next day he didn't care anymore.

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  44. What do you think about putting the Charisma on the ceiling? Then everybody wins.. and I bet your family would not even notice it, for a while at least!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

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  45. LiveLikeYou...Jill, you were actually part of my inspiration to use the coral! You use color with such brilliance...but I simply caved. Janell

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  46. I'm afraid I have to vote with the majority on this one. I just painted over a color very similar to Charisma in my living room. And my guest bedroom is painted Quietude.

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  47. what a hillarious post! Gave me my laugh of the day! you should have wallpapered it!

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  48. Soooo funny! I love the coral! But happy family = happy mom!
    Stacy

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  49. oh I loved that color too! But I guess since your kids and husband live there and not me, you did the right thing :)

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  50. OK...I am loving the quietude...but I am partial to those colors. I am always wanting to be daring and use a coral color but then I chicken out. I think summer and all the bright colorful rooms people are posting make us want to do the same!!!

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  51. So funny! Photos are hilarious! Glad that the boycott is over :)

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