Oct 4

My Psychedelic Bathroom.

When I moved into this apartment 3 years ago, I quickly slapped a coat of paint on the bathroom walls and I had not touched it since. I actually really liked the color but I was getting tired of how boring it looked.

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I knew I wanted to paint or draw a pattern on the largest wall, but I was conflicted over the direction in which to go. I’m attracted to patterns that are very repetitive and geometric, but the lopsided angles of this 110 year old building would have made for a lopsided pattern, which would have driven me crazy.

I probably looked at over 10,000 images while searching for inspiration for my bathroom. I pondered for 3 days weighing the advantages/disadvantages of having a light, dark, neutral, or colorful space. Finally, I came across this amazing Missoni print, and I decided to use that as my inspiration.

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I’m quite happy with the way it turned out, but I have to admit that for the first 2 days, I found the colors dizzying. You’d never guess it from looking at my vibrant portfolio, but I consider myself “allergic to color.” I only wear black, white, gray, and dark blue so this paint job was quite shocking to my corneas. The main color is Benjamin Moore’s “Passion Plum” #2073-30

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I tossed the $14 medicine cabinet that came with the place. I think the round mirror looks a million times better with the pattern.

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Posted by Jen at 12:12 am
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  1. As always, outstanding work! Whenever I get to buy a new house, I know *EXACTLY* who will be hired to decorate! :-)

  2. kko says:

    Jen Chu, you make me feel like an inadequate human being. I put 3 candles atop my toilet and felt so proud of myself for adding some pizzazz to my bathroom. I think the colors are wonderful.

  3. Andrea Ivory says:

    I love all the changes. color is your friend :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like how the round mirror makes the space seem bigger and more finished. Great job as usual!

  5. I was skeptical about the colors when you were talking about it, but after seeing the final product…what can I say? Success :)

  6. Andrew says:

    Did you start with the colors on top or on the bottom of the wall? It must have taken a lot of work. I like the round mirror better too, i’m going to be getting a round mirror too. What does the floor look like?

  7. Jen Chu says:

    @Andrew I painted a purple base all around the started with the top stripes. You’re right, it took FOREVER. The mirror is “Grundtal” from IKEA. The floor is navy tile.

  8. Sílvia says:

    I wear mainly black and have a white home…but this looks really great, interesting and well done…

  9. ivan says:

    I didnt know people could have a color officially named after themselves..

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely stunning!! I’m so impressed. Did you paint it freestyle or mark it out first?

  11. Laura G says:

    I, too, am wondering about technique – if you’re willing to share! Freehand, using tape to separate the colors or just letting things dry and being careful? I like what you did with it – and the color choices are endless.

  12. Jen says:

    @Laura G, I did use tape! I painted the “even” stripes first, just using a freehand wavy line. Then I ripped masking tape to be jagged and wavy and I taped off the “odd” stripes.

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