Testing A Sharpie Accent On The Half Tub Wall Design

Once I talked about final week that I used to be contemplating doing one thing totally different on the studio rest room partitions, a number of folks (together with my mother) recommended that earlier than I transfer on to one thing totally different, I take a minute and take a look at the black Sharpie marker trick on the present wall design to see if I prefer it. Do you keep in mind the black Sharpie marker accents I did on the music room wall?

The music room partitions are a painted stencil design within the two impartial colours that I exploit all through our home — Behr Polar Bear and Benjamin Moore Basic Grey. However after I did the stencil initially, the design simply appeared flat to me. It wanted one thing to present it some oomph. So I made a decision to make use of a black Sharpie marker and description components of the design to present the design some dimension.

Right here’s what the painted stencil design regarded like initially…

It was fairly, nevertheless it simply didn’t appear like something particular to me. And it very a lot regarded like a stenciled wall. However after including the black Sharpie marker element, it went from wanting like an apparent stencil to wanting like wallpaper. Right here’s what it seems like right this moment…

See how the black Sharpie marker added a number of dimension to the design?

So remembering that, a number of folks thought that I ought to give {that a} strive on the lavatory partitions earlier than I determine to scrap the wall design altogether. Right here’s what the wall design regarded like earlier than this little experiment. It’s a colourful sq. spiral design that I taped off and hand painted. It was a really tedious venture, for certain!

I don’t remorse doing this design in any respect. I’ve been in a position to take pleasure in it for at the very least a few years now, however I’m simply wanting one thing a bit extra daring and colourful. I do know that sounds loopy once you’re taking a look at this design up shut and it seems very daring and colourful…

However once you step again and take a look at it from a distance (and even when standing within the again entry of the studio), the design turns into extra pale and loses a few of that colourful boldness.

I didn’t actually have something to lose by attempting the Sharpie marker accents since I had already determined that I used to be going to maneuver on to the following thought anyway (in all probability colourful vertical stripes). So I simply picked a spot on the facet wall, and went for it.

It’s very onerous to inform what influence it should have from such a small pattern, however I did like the best way it regarded with the black accents. And I did like how the black tied in with the brand new self-importance colour.

So I saved going in order that I may see a bigger pattern and see if I may get an thought of what influence it could have when accomplished on the entire design on all 4 partitions…

In contrast to the music room partitions, the place there was a really clear and apparent distinction between the non-Sharpie components of the partitions and the Sharpie components of the partitions, I wasn’t feeling like this was making a big effect on the lavatory partitions. Right here’s an “in progress” view of the music room partitions. See how large the influence was on these partitions?

I imply, that could be a drastic distinction! That middle half with the black accents nearly appears to leap out at you. It seems three-dimensional in comparison with the remainder of the wall.

However on the lavatory partitions, the black was getting misplaced within the design, little doubt as a result of it is a multi-color design, the place the music room partitions simply had two gentle and impartial colours on them to start with.

I did go on and do some huge extra, however I finished after I had about half of the facet wall accomplished. As hopeful as I used to be that it could work and make the massive distinction in right here that it made on my music room partitions, I simply don’t suppose it should.

I’m glad I attempted it, although! Not less than now I do know for certain. And I do like to experiment with concepts, so I don’t think about this a waste of time in any respect.

But it surely appears to me that the important thing to success with the black Sharpie trick is to start out with a stenciled design that’s accomplished with neutrals. That’s the place you’ll get essentially the most influence, and essentially the most return on your effort and time. That’s to not say that it received’t work in any respect on a extra colourful design, however the influence goes to be misplaced a bit.

So I’m going to maneuver on to Plan B — vertical stripes. I googled “colourful vertical stripe wallpaper” yesterday, and one of many very first search outcomes actually impressed me. It was this wallpaper mural from Photowall.

I don’t plan to make use of that actual wallpaper. First, the colours are fallacious. My mural doesn’t have a number of yellow. In actual fact, I’m undecided if it has any in any respect. And in addition, I can’t actually see myself utilizing “stripes” which are so haphazard. For somebody who likes issues to be neat, clear, organized (in design, not essentially in life normally 😀 ), sq., straight, and tailor-made like I do, that’s a bit too “youngster’s art work” for me.

However I’m very impressed by the daring colours, and I do like the concept of random width vertical stripes. It’s the colourful boldness of that wallpaper that conjures up me, and I can envision it on these partitions. I believe one thing colourful and daring like that will look superb in that tiny studio rest room!