Why You Shouldn’t Pick a Paint Color from Pinterest
Pinterest is a fabulous place to get ideas, recipes, beautiful pictures of far off places… But Pinterest can be a dangerous place to hang out when you are bored with the color of your bathroom. You start looking at all the pretty, photoshopped pictures of bathrooms in colors you wouldn’t normally think of using. So bright and cheery. Way more exciting than the gray paint color groove that I’ve fallen into.
“I’m going to step out of my comfort zone” you hear yourself saying.
Yeah, bad idea, Eliesa…
So, this is what the bathroom looked like the day we took possession. (Want to check out the rest of the new house? Click HERE)
When we put in the new herringbone tile throughout the house, we also pulled out the tile in this bathroom. We had originally put black penny tile, with a white penny tile boarder, on the floor in there, but the installation was horrible. Visible waves in the tile, grout that was left on too long and had to be chipped away causing cracks and scratches throughout the floor, and there was now a gaping hole between the door and the floor… I’m pretty sure it was the worst job we ever paid anyone to do for us.
Before I had it removed and done (again) by someone else, I had painted the girls’ bathroom black, and I really did love it. After we removed the penny tile, and installed the new gray floors, etc, it looked too dark. To go with the new tile, I painted it a dark gray, Dovetail Gray by Sherwin Williams.
We changed not only the floor and shower tiles, but the penny tile border had to go too. We replaced it with some glass mosaic. The dove gray was the perfect shade to compliment the glass tiles.
So, why change a color I already liked? I felt it looked a little too grown up for two little girls.
When I started looking for new colors I knew I wasn’t going to go with pink, but I wanted something brighter and more fun. One of the colors that I kept seeing was Coral Reef by Sherwin Williams. It was all over Pinterest. It looks so fresh and happy in the pictures on Pinterest and on blog posts. So off I went to Sherwin Williams. Even in the store, that little chip is beautiful. Why didn’t I just get a sample quart? Well, because I’m impatient.
I started painting and immediately thought “hey, this doesn’t look good” but I kept thinking it would look different once the color dried. It took multiple coats to cover that dark gray, and with every coat, I was more convinced that this wasn’t a good idea. But I was pot committed – oops, paint committed.
It was so ORANGE! I’m not sure why it looked so orange in here, but it was.
It was a little too bright, a little too exciting. It was just too much. I don’t think I’m a bright, cheery, exciting paint color person.
This is why you shouldn’t pick a paint color from Pinterest. Lesson learned. I’ll never buy a paint color without going through the sampling process. It’s so worth it – both for your sanity and your pocketbook.
So, I’m going to be going back to a more subdued color. Should I go back to gray, maybe something a little lighter? Any suggestions?
While Pinterest is an amazing tool for so many things, do yourself a favor and SAMPLE the color you find on Pinterest before jumping in and painting the bathroom – or anything, at all, ever.