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post #1 of 26
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Below is a before and after of my co-op-- contracts has been signed all around and my agent is working on the board package this week. Yay!

Note: The after is a rough photoshop, not the actual image.

That's my fish tank on that wall.. and above is a custom clock that I can easily make (wooden numbers sold at any crafts store, they also sell the clock mechanism too)

What do you guys think? lighter shade of blue? more greyish?


post #2 of 26

I LOVE that clock idea! When it comes to the colours, I think it kind of depends on what other colours will be occupying that space. If the furniture/decor is on the brighter and more colourful side, I might opt to tone the blue down a bit more. Definitely don't want the red and blue competing with the red being as vibrant as it is, but I really like that shade of blue as is - calming. Would look so nice with splashes of green foliage!

post #3 of 26
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that's a good point

my furniture is black. black couch, black entertainment center and black tables- some has red accents/drawers
post #4 of 26

If the furniture is red-accented, I think I would add a bit of white to the current blue colour so it's a more faded hue. I'd love to see the end result!

post #5 of 26

The whole thing with color is really subjective and what someone personally likes.  I would probably go with a soft dove grey but that's just me.  I tend to go more for the softer more neutral colors.

post #6 of 26
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thanks, I agree, a lighter shade of blue, greyish blue would look nice smile.gif
post #7 of 26

Looks good. The clock is a cool idea.  I agree w/ Denice though, I would say a soft gray would be more neutral, especially w/ a strong color like red. ;)

post #8 of 26

Another vote for softer gray.  I like it!

post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
I think I agree.. a grey tone is nice smile.gif

post #10 of 26
I also like the lighter, more neutral tones. But of course it's strictly a personal choice, so y ou need to go with what you like best.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Draco View Post

Below is a before and after of my co-op-- contracts has been signed all around and my agent is working on the board package this week. Yay!

Note: The after is a rough photoshop, not the actual image.

That's my fish tank on that wall.. and above is a custom clock that I can easily make (wooden numbers sold at any crafts store, they also sell the clock mechanism too)

What do you guys think? lighter shade of blue? more greyish?


 

 

I don't like the red wall where the fish tank is.  I think the wall where the tank is should be white, or a pale blue so that the focus is on the fish.  If I wanted a red wall, I would paint the wall that you have shown as solid blue (not the part with the door), the other one out front.


But it's your home, and you are the one living in it, so ultimately the decision is up to you.

 

I can't wait to see pictures of it when it's all done!

post #12 of 26
I like it! The accent wall with the clock is a nice idea. biggthumpup.gif
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Draco View Post

I think I agree.. a grey tone is nice smile.gif

 

 

i really like the grey tone better too.

 

btw -- i just love those (is it a) closet doors you have planned to put in. just lovely!

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by mickNsnicks2mom View Post


i really like the grey tone better too.

btw -- i just love those (is it a) closet doors you have planned to put in. just lovely!

thank you! I need to replace all interior doors, so I am thinking dark brown raised paneling to match the flooring.. that would look much better than white!
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post


I don't like the red wall where the fish tank is.  I think the wall where the tank is should be white, or a pale blue so that the focus is on the fish.  If I wanted a red wall, I would paint the wall that you have shown as solid blue (not the part with the door), the other one out front.


But it's your home, and you are the one living in it, so ultimately the decision is up to you.

I can't wait to see pictures of it when it's all done!

The wall where I've chosen to put the red is the smallest wall- I didn't want the red overpowering. The blue / grey is the main color of the room and will be on the rest of the walls in the living room. I thought the red would draw attention TO the fish tank, since its centered there, lol. Appreciate your opinions though!!
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Draco View Post


thank you! I need to replace all interior doors, so I am thinking dark brown raised paneling to match the flooring.. that would look much better than white!

 

 

i totally agree!

 

i currently have one set of those white (wood) sliding doors for one of my closets. i'll have those replaced with something at some point, as they're not particularly nice looking. my big plan for bedroom and bathroom doors (and one appliance storage closet door) is to have stained reclaimed wood doors put in, with a look of barn type doors with the exposed hardware up top -- i'm thinking with the "Z" design on them. i think this will bring a very nice look to my 1880's house, and also add a bit of "special" to it.

post #17 of 26

It may be way too much but I was in an apartment the other day where a room had been decorated in a soft grey and black.  It might not lift the nano tank in the way you want or bring in enough colour for you but thinking that small section of wall in mat black and the rest of the room grey could look pretty stunning, and the tank itself really stand out.  Clock would obviously not be in black then but could be any colour you wanted.

post #18 of 26

I think a darker color wall behind the tank is a really good idea.  I remember we had our tanks against a white wall and that really washed them out.  We got some of the backing paper for tanks in a solid darker color, not the tacky pictures just a solid color and they stood out a lot more.

post #19 of 26
 
Originally Posted by Draco View Post

Below is a before and after of my co-op-- contracts has been signed all around and my agent is working on the board package this week. Yay!

Note: The after is a rough photoshop, not the actual image.

That's my fish tank on that wall.. and above is a custom clock that I can easily make (wooden numbers sold at any crafts store, they also sell the clock mechanism too)

What do you guys think? lighter shade of blue? more greyish?


@Draco  I really like your idea of using photoshop to test out the future colours you want.  It is such an amazing and useful thing to do.  When I first saw it,  I thought...."Wow....yes....an artist lives here."  Also that clock is so creative.

 

Your designs make the whole place look vibrant. (I have to steal your idea and get my hands on that program.)

I really don't have a clue as to which colours go with what, but I do like your first design.

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Denice View Post

I think a darker color wall behind the tank is a really good idea.  I remember we had our tanks against a white wall and that really washed them out.  We got some of the backing paper for tanks in a solid darker color, not the tacky pictures just a solid color and they stood out a lot more.

I actually painted the outside back of the tank black so whatever color it's against, I can still. See the critters

@cat nap - it's a great tool to use! You can use a cheaper or freebie version like Paint. Photoshop and other Adobe products has become a lease only no longer for purchase. And it's expensive!
post #21 of 26
I love the clock idea, and your closet doors. Simple ideas that are really effective!
I think for the red wall, maybe just the wall behind the fish tank and not all the rest to the doorway. That way it stands out more as an accent wall, adding a real punch of colour. It might be too small though and I can see why you'd want more of the red. It's a wonderfully vibrant colour and your dark furniture will look great against it.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by pushylady View Post

I love the clock idea, and your closet doors. Simple ideas that are really effective!
I think for the red wall, maybe just the wall behind the fish tank and not all the rest to the doorway. That way it stands out more as an accent wall, adding a real punch of colour. It might be too small though and I can see why you'd want more of the red. It's a wonderfully vibrant colour and your dark furniture will look great against it.

The red is not flowing into the back wall.. obviously we can't see that wall across from the closet door! That wall would be the same blue/grey tone to break up the red..

Does that make sense? I think I should've clarified things more clearly in the first post, lol

my dad is finding amazing red and black modern, artsy clocks! I am dying here!
post #23 of 26

It does sound amazing, and great fun putting it all together like this.  I don't think I'd ever get anything done if I had that programme, I'd just sit and make up room decor all day. :lol3:   Having the red feature with the clock does look great and it sounds like your dad's getting in to it too. :D

post #24 of 26
 
Originally Posted by Draco View Post

I actually painted the outside back of the tank black so whatever color it's against, I can still. See the critters

@cat nap - it's a great tool to use! You can use a cheaper or freebie version like Paint. Photoshop and other Adobe products has become a lease only no longer for purchase. And it's expensive!

Thanks @Draco  for that added information about the freebie versions of those programs.  That is really helpful.

 

I did see a program at a Home Depot store, which changed the paint colours on walls, but it had preloaded room designs...which was interesting but I don't think you could enter your own photos.

(I suppose @MServant  should not be allowed anywhere near this program, whistle.gifsince spending "all day long" on designs.:surf: might be problematic.:D

I will try to limit my time to a few hours....I hope.)

 

Quote:by Draco

my dad is finding amazing red and black modern, artsy clocks! I am dying here! 

So I guess,  you get your creativity from your dad....@Draco.  That is so cool.  king.gif 

post #25 of 26
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Actually- my dad is the least creative person on the planet- he knows what I like!
post #26 of 26
 
Originally Posted by Draco View Post

Actually- my dad is the least creative person on the planet- he knows what I like!

Really, ...but you had to get it from somewhere?. dontknow.gif  (maybe deep down your Dad  is....and just did not have time to express it...too busy)

 

My dad loves everything to be from wood and rustic looking....wainscoting, panelling.....(He is a retired mechanic but I secretly think he wanted to be a lumberjack.)

He does like to use spray cans of paint and spray his outdoor furniture, iron railings, box trailer.  (maybe that is some wish to be young, and do some graffiti.)    

 

Anyhow, we have to get them cake or something for Father's Day.....just to say thanks.

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