Thursday, 30 January 2014
under the shower, under the sea
Here is my bathroom right now, half way through some changes. In fact, this is the view from my shower, after the sun has gone down and the lights have gone on. Before and afters are great but sometimes the progress can just be a little slow, and I like to see some stages! Painting this small, tall room a dark blue with a hint of green is the best paint choice I've ever made – although the forst month of a dazzling Australian summer with its walls painting crisp white helped make that decision for us: it was so blindingly, painfully bright you couldn't walk in there with your eyes open (far from ideal) and then one warm afternoon all our shampoo and what not bottles actually melted! So we knew a dark, strong colour was the way to go, and I could satisfy my dark-wall needs. I love that it feels like being under the sea in the best possible (breathing!) way. The little lights are like glint-y, watery bubbles on tumbling surf. I do love that I can have a dark, intense interior to contrast with my otherwise pale-coloured home. It speaks to the Victorian in me! Heavy dark woods, bold wallpapers, high ornate ceilings, huge fireplaces and bell jars of flora... yes please! Just maybe not in my cosy 1960's built place. Hmmm. Just before Christmas we installed the corner shelf unit and changed the long mirror and now just need to touch up the dark blue paint over the space the old mirror left behind. It's so good having more shelving, even if it took about 30 seconds for me to fill them. At least now we have somewhere to keep bathmats! Very important business, that. Storage is a good, good thing!