Wednesday, May 4, 2011

White vs Color: Smackdown, Part II



It's happening. That getting lost in the manuscript, so that when I try to think of what to blog about: blank. My mind is only half in this world, and not the interesting half! This bodes well for the book, and ill for the blog. Not to fear. This just means I'll have to go do things, and bring my camera along! For now though, before any more days slink by, some quick color pics! Part I of this post was in celebration of white, and was easier. I have so many white room inspiration photos! For color, this was all I could come up with for now. They're lurvely though.

























Still, it's going to be white for us. Jim is almost ready to paint the downstairs. Upstairs is painted, downstairs is primed and nearly caulked. Caulking, people. One of those things we used to cheese out on in our youth (remember trying to fill in the gaps with liberal paint usage??) but it makes such a huge difference. Go forth and caulk!

(How about you: color or white?)



18 comments:

Connie Onnie said...

I was just thinking last night how looking at pretty pictures is almost as good as reading a good book. You get to escape into a pretty place and let you imagination run wild for the brief moments it takes to scroll through your blog.
Thank you for sharing in the past I have had colorful walls but for now they are white.

tone almhjell said...

White. But I'm Scandinavian, I'm supposed to go for white. Can't be helped. I do like white with colour splashes, though.

fun fact: Did you know that those crazy IKEA names usually mean something in Swedish? Either place names or something literal, like a pillow named Gosa (Cuddle).

Stephanie said...

With a house full of 4 children ages 8-17 (the older ones are avid readers of your divine books, might I add!) and 4 dogs these are definitely my colorful walls years! Soothing colors hide a multitude of finger and tongue/wet nose prints :) I do have a hefty file filled with soothing white spaces for 'someday'. Can't wait to see your white painted spaces and how you add the color that you love to them! Thanks for sharing a peek :)

~Molly~ said...

I'm a COLOR girl myself and I loved your colorful home! There are pics on my blog of our awesome green kitchen/dining area and the rose red and purple on my girls' walls. It takes me a LOOOONG time to choose the perfect color, hopefully the one for our living room will present itself to me soon.

Molly

Anonymous said...

Only white? Why, Laini, whhhhyyyy????

I'm one of those folks who think walls were made for color. I adored the pics in this post--but could they mean you think you didn't make the "white" decision? (groan at terrible pun)

Also, I love Stephanie's practical suggestion. With toddlers around, white walls may not be white for long.

But it's up to you (and slightly to Jim), of course. Either way, I still can't wait to see the "after pics" of the new house!

Rhiannon said...

I'm thinking you're creative enough to go with white and make it work. I myself am a colour girl though. The crazier the better! My studio is currently lime green and dark, dark purple, but our everyday rooms are a little more subdued (terracotta, yellow, light sage green).
I can see the appeal of the white after your part 1 though, those pictures are gorgeous!

mel said...

having done colour - i'm definitely a white-with-wildly-colourful-accessories convert. LOVE the look...and the flexibility...

as for fingerprints...they show up on colour too...;)

J said...

Definitely color for me! My parents were all about expression, and I loved getting to choose the colors for my room every time we moved. I couldn't imagine living in a white house...but then again, the white images you had were totally inspiring. :)

Anonymous said...

Great pics! I'm completely torn. I've grown, under your direct tutelage, to love both. I'm very distraught that Andrew doesn't care for blue walls- he finds them "cool" and "unfriendly feeling." I loved that leatherlike "sofa" thing on the floor above especially and all those vases and all those shades of blue walls. It really, really also made me again want a pink room, a pink office except I don't know how that would go over with my male clients. Why can't more men like pink like Ross on Friends? Remember his salmon shirt? I'm so excited for your new place. I can barely wait to see how awesome you guys are going to decorate it. Thank you for handing over all basement decor to me.

Q said...

Both white and color!

Or at least Clementine's room in color.

Kate said...

I'd go for color, there are too many people who are afraid to decorate with it. I can't picture you in white. Your personality seems to scream color. Go with your gut!

Anonymous said...

I've had color on my walls for years ranging from subdued to outrageous and I loved it at the time, but after seeing part 1 of your post I've been wanting to blanket the entire house under a coat of white. Everything will look so open and fresh! I'll have to hire someone though because the amount of primer needed to cover the darker colors is discouraging. Or I'm just lazy.

Anonymous said...

I asked this question on your previous Color Vs White post and I apologize if I shouldn't be nagging, but . . . what White are you using? There are so many variations, Eggshell, White-White, Bone (which I think would be neatly a propos). I'd love to know how you decided on the right shade. I'm finding (after I painted the whole house) that the white that looked great in my old house just looks dingy here in a rainier climate.

Laini Taylor said...

There are definitely teams, aren't there? I really love both. We'll start with white and see how it goes!

And anonymous, i'm trying to remember the white. Hm. I want to say it's Benjamin Moore, but it's been a couple of months since we picked it out and since I'm not doing the painting, I can't remember! We looked at a million whites, it's way worse than trying to pick a color. We stuck to no-VOC choices, which narrowed it down *some*. I want to say the name has "snow" in it but I could be misremembering. Anyway, it's got a hint of silvery-grey to it, but once it goes up it just looks white. So far the upstairs is painted and we love it! We'll see when it's all done :-)

Laini Taylor said...

Oh, Anonymous, the white is Cloud Cover (no snow?!), and the trim Simply White. Thanks, Jim :-)

storyqueen said...

I have color on my walls right now...but sometimes I long for the lightness of white.

I suppose there is beauty wherever you look if you are willing to see it. (Or if you CAN see it under piles of laundry.)

3 kids=lots of laundry

Shelley

Catherine Denton said...

I love them both! But I have color in my house right now. Can't wait to see what you do with white. :)
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Anonymous said...

Laini, Thanks for the info on the white you chose. It's always good to hear what works for other people. I love color on other people's walls, but I grew up with white and find that if my own walls aren't white, I just don't feel at home.

Anon 6:47

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