My artsy friend, Val, gave me some gouache (pronounced Gwash) paints to try out. I LOVE them...so vibrant, brilliant, and thick. Very fun to play around with. I used them, here, on the big canvas with my acrylics (this is a work in progress). Only then did I decide to research the paint a little more. Turns out, you aren't supposed to mix it with acrylics....anyway, aside from sniffing the toxic fumes (just kidding, they aren't bad), I had fun with this, trying to come up with something for our bedroom. The most neglected and un-decorated room in the house.
See what happened with the bedroom is this: all the advice you get about bedrooms is to make sure they are calm and soothing and blah blah blah. So I decided that I needed to try another color scheme in there other than what I love (reds, oranges, bright greens, etc). So I have had NO inspiration at all to have this "calm" and "relaxing" room. I even started this painting out in cool colors. Light greens and blues. I got the idea to glue on some letters, envelopes, pictures of Dave and I, memory stuff.
Then before I could stop myself here came the oranges, the hot pinks, reds, bright blues, purples, and yellow. NOW I AM INSPIRED!!!!!!!!!! It is all so clear to me . The walls in our room are gray. I would love to keep them gray. Now it will work. This will be the color palette:
Black & White patterns
OK so basically every color of the rainbow, but with a lot of black accents to anchor the eye. FUNKY!!!! Chinese paper lanterns, more geometric paintings, colorful scarves hung on pegs, a colorful rug, some throw pillows in different patterns, colorful window treatments!!!! Not calm, but to me calm...and Dave seems to approve :) SO this will be the February project. I am thinking of the budget, and just to make it fun (and frugal) I think we will set a very low amount (not more than $100 for all of it). All we really need are the curtains, new lampshade maybe, pillowcases. The Chinese lanterns are not exactly a need...