Painting The Room Ginger

, , | Related | July 14, 2017

(My parents are in the process of redoing the house. My brothers and I are responsible for painting our own rooms, and my mom thinks my choices aren’t girly enough for a “young lady’s room.” Note: The older of my two brothers is a redhead.)

Me: “So how dark can I paint my room?”

Mom: “Not too dark. A nice lavender?”

Me: “Or navy blue.”

Her: “Nothing too dark.”

Me: “How dark is too dark?”

Brother #2: “Not as dark as your soul.”

Me: “At least I have a soul…”

Brother #1: “HEY! Mom, she made another ginger joke!”

(I went with blue. My brother shaved his head, but his beard is still flaming red.)

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  • Deadpool
  • Darth Pseudonym

    Girliness has nothing to do with it — dark walls are just rarely a good idea, because they make a room feel smaller. You can get away with it in a bathroom or kitchen, especially if you go with a light countertop, but bedrooms are almost universally light-walled because it’s most attractive that way. Some people like to use an ‘accent wall’ where three walls are a light neutral (white, cream, or pale tan) and the fourth is a strong color, but even then you want a clear color tone, not a dark.

    • Darth Pseudonym

      Pale pastels are good wall colors but even then you want to stick to the cool end of the spectrum — blues, greens, indigos — rather than pinks or oranges, which get tiring on the eyes.

      People who do a little girl’s room all in pink are mildly insane. If you must have a large piece of pink furniture (like a bedspread), at least offset it with a white to blue wall and a dark carpet…

      (Sorry, I repainted my house a few years ago and wound up watching Home & Garden TV and visiting interior decorating websites for about two weeks while trying to figure out what I wanted to do…)

      • Deadpool

        I’m sorry, we’re taking back your title. You can’t be a dark lord of the Sith while discussing paint swatches. From now on, you are “Mr. Pseudonym” or any other name you can think of without the Darth title.

        • Darth Pseudonym

          Oh crap you saw through my clever disguise! Uh… uh… EVIL! Something something COMPLETED! Where’s my black room with neon tubes? RAWR!

        • Jaxad0127

          Evil overlords need good style sense too. Can’t have heroic colors on your walls. And the living areas should be comfortable, unlike the office areas and torture chambers.

      • Kitty

        Oh, those renovating shows I watched (like DIY SOS and stuff like that) so often made young-ish girls’ rooms (age 12, for example) in pale pink and pale purple and I find it ugly. For one, two rather ‘big’ colors mixed together? Too much for the eyes. And for a preteen, I almost wonder how long until they’ll start hating it cause they are going through the ‘edgey teen’ phase of dark colors and anything to be ‘unique’, you know?

    • What about those of us who WANT our bedroom to feel smaller :p

      I’m severely claustrophiliac (not claustrophobic, but the opposite) and have my bedroom walls painted dark plus I have one of these on my bed, helps me sleep better https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8bafa21bb2b17d64c393ab57d83a3b3c412bc2b5eaabcb8d7fcb64dc4f957c2.jpg

    • Kitty

      Personally, if I wasn’t lazy (and didn’t keep smashing bugs on the walls and leaving spots, which is why I am sticking with the regular white walls for now) I would love to paint some of the walls a dark color (like blue) and the rest a lighter color. Something like ivory or pale cream. It gives color to the room and, if done right, can make the room appear bigger. Like, short dark walls and long walls remain light.

  • I remember getting to pick the paint for my first bedroom and I was all about anything pink. Well the paint dried and looked more lavender than pink which I was super thankful for when I got older.

  • Gnomer Denois

    Gingers have souls, we gain a freckle for every one we steal from someone else.

    • Kitty

      You don’t steal someone else’s soul, you just chop a little part off. And then sew it onto a soul-quiltpatch.