Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Project: Three Quarters Done

Bob Marley was a vibrant presence in my work room at one point.
The other three walls were painted the shade of gray in the line above Bob.
It was such a dark and dreary room to be in, even with Bob's infectious grin.
When we were looking at houses to buy, we called this entire house "The Marley House" as it was the easiest way to distinguish it from all the other houses we looked at.
(Thank heaven there WAS only one house with such a unique identifier. I would have been seriously troubled if there had been several houses with laughing Bobs on the wall.)
After we acquired the house we used the room to stack moving boxes. For several months the room was stacked to the ceiling with boxes; small passages allowed for precarious movement through the room.
This picture was taken on the glorious day that there was at last no boxes towering above our heads, and the orange floor tiles could be seen again at last.
Bob still chuckled at us each time we entered the room.
The other gray walls still dispelled any cheer from the space.
The one tiny north facing window did little to shed light in the basement room.
Shutting the door allowed us to live by the motto "Out of sight, out of mind" for a few more month.
At last Bernie could no longer handle sharing a house with Bob.
While I was away, he painted the room a pale off white, wincing and feeling a bit sick as he rolled the paint over Bob's eyes.
The orange red floor tiles: We debated re-tiling the room. We just couldn't decide what we would like to do differently. It was to be a work room; carpeting was out as I am well known for my ability to strategically drop pins and needles into carpeting to await opportunities to assault Bernie's bare feet. Tile would give him a fighting chance of avoiding both pins and bloodshed.

(With this patterned tile, even if he did get stabbed by a wayward pin, you would hardly see any bloodstains on the tile anyway!)

Lately I have been noticing how many television sets, movie scenes and houses have been sporting orange walls to good effect. My drug of choice, IKEA, had room walls painted orange.

My favorite television show NCIS is shot in a room with orange on every wall. I just love how it looks on the show.

(I'm still laughing that one dear friend, who is totally addicted to the show, said that she hadn't noticed the shows color scheme when I mentioned it as an inspiration for my room. Bet she notices it when she watches the show now!)

A trip to the paint store for several orange paint samples, and I set about pondering the perfect orange shade. (Painting/decorating tip: Grab several paint chips of each color, and tape them up together as a larger square. Much easier than buying the paint and painting up a sample square big enough to imagine the paint color on an entire wall.)

A deeper red orange drew me emotionally, but in the end the brighter orange that contrasted a bit with the floor allowed the floor to become a secondary feature instead of a floor-to-ceiling color element.

(Update: How about this little factoid: The color orange is associated with joy, according to the internets. And it also stimulates mental activity and increases the oxygen supply to the brain. Isn't that just perfect for a work room space?)

Three walls got painted orange, and one of those walls was covered with an IKEA fabric (above) curtain that sported just a tiny touch of orange. It took me an hour to dither about my selection at the store, going from yellow striped to navy stripes to solid white to finally this curtain.

What on earth took me so long? Of course this was the perfect choice!

There now...isn't that much nicer than looking a wall of art/sewing/crafts/games etc etc?
Everything is still at my fingertips; the curtains are light and panels open every three feet for easy access to the shelving.
I found a tension wire drapery hanger at IKEA; it is really functional as the wire is just slightly bigger than a pencil lead, and the fabric slides on it easily. Bernie was impressed; no middle support feature is necessary to keep the drapery header even.
The closet has a wire drawer unit inside and seasonal clothing storage.
The white storage unit is just there for now.
Shelving still needs to be installed. I have some framing yet to do, and a black rolling desk chair to purchase.
The brightly colored storage boxes will hold miscellaneous items on the open shelves.
Bernie will be sharing the space for fly-tying and odd projects now and then.
I imagine we will have a lot of fun being creative in the room in the future.
As I declared in the post title, the room is about three quarters of the way done.
When it is completely finished I plan to have a launch party, just like I did for the grand opening of my pink painted hat room in Houston.
For that event I served pink champagne.
For this one, I'm thinking of a blood orange sparkling cocktail, with a blackberry speared on thyme for a swizzle stick.
Various orange colored treats will be served.
And I'll invite guests with a suggestion to wear orange trimmed black cocktail hats with a modern vibe.
I'll be sure to post a "Save the Date" as the time draws near.
I do hope you will plan to attend, either in person or via a virtual appearance!


Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Stunning! You've inspired me...I've been considering painting a wall in my kitchen orange...I think I'll really do it soon. I love your cheerful orange room. How does Tiggie like it?

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Tiggie feels a bit washed out against the bright orange colors. Since his water fountain dish is in the corner, he is frequently in the room, and I imagine he will eventually "orange up" to meet the color challenge, via thoughtful positioning against the white walls.

Anonymous said...

The room looks great! What a good way to hide shelves full of hobby materials. GOOD JOB!!
Will look forward to seeing it. Love, mom S.

Judy said...

Oh...I'll be there for the launch party...one way or another. Great ideas...especially the hidden storage wall!

ellen b. said...

OK I have to admit, too, that I hadn't noticed the orange walls on NCIS. I'm going to drill Dear and Katie and see if they noticed. I like the hidden wall. I'm wondering how I can get my daughter's room to disappear out of anyone's sight....

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Ellen...you are freaking me out. You MISSED the orange walls on NCIS? I mean, Mark Harmon's blue eyes tend to make one forget everything else in the room, but seriously, all the walls are either bright orange, deep orange or periwinkle.

Kathy said...

Success. I think you've created a very cheerful room - even without Bob. Those curtain hangers are amazing. Aimee had one crossing a long room in her house. No sag. Amazing.

Julie said...

Wow! smile... I have to admit I'm not crazy about orange.. but I think you did a great job of the room! I love the curtain and the way it hides your 'stuff'.. smile..
I hope I get an invite to your party ! I'll virtually be there !! promise!