Monday, April 4, 2011

A whiter shade of pale

It's been a while since last update, so what has happened? Well, first layer of insulation is almost done. There are still few spots left. Crew will install second layer of insulation on the ceiling, but then it's done. After that we will dismantle whats remaining of the floor, and suck out all the old insulation (sand and moss) there. Then the eletrician can start pulling cables, and the plumber can start planning for the pipes, while rest of the crew is busy building walls. So everything is going according to the plan.

What Mrs. and I have been doing is picking up colors. If I had to pick the overall colors of the interior, it would be "white". But picking up the right shade of white is VERY difficult. Especially when you are combining it with a grey floor. Picking up correct shade of grey is very difficult as well. We thought we had it nailed, but then we noticed that the color of the walls have a profound effect on what the floor will look like, and vice versa. So we can't choose them individually, we have to choose them together. And everything influences everything else.

Right now our choice for the floor is a shade called "Bungalow" (I have no idea where they came up with that name):

At least on my screen it looks slightly bluish, but in the paint-store (with more accurate samples), it looks a bit more grey. And when you add it to our choices of walls, it looks even less grey. Why grey? Well, pale grey is a traditional color of old wood floors at least in Finland, and we wanted something traditional. Brown is not suitable, since we want to maximize the amount of light.

Speaking of walls, we currently have two choices:

One of them is more a pure white (although on my screen it looks bluish, YMMV), while the other has slight yellowish tint to it. So we need to decide between colder and warmer shade.

I will be buying all three paints today, and I will be doing some test-painting, just so see what they look in reality, and how they play together. Who would have guessed that picking up white paint could be so damn difficult??

1 comment:

  1. They make a fortune selling different kinds of white wedding dresses. Ivory? Champagne white? Cream? Oyster?

    Your story reminds me of this exchange in 'Red Dwarf':

    Lister: "Why are they painting it the same colour it was before?"

    Rimmer: "They're changing it from Ocean Grey to Military Grey. Something that should've been done a long time ago."

    Lister: "Looks exactly the same to me."

    Rimmer: "No. No, no, no. That's the new Military Grey bit there, and that's the dowdy, old, nasty Ocean Grey bit there. Or is it the other way around?"