Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Hot Tip


I found this great decorating tip in Canadian Home & Country magazine: decorate your bathroom by tucking paint chips into the mirror frame. Technically, this tip wasn't in the actual magazine: it was in the Febreze advertising insert. You might wonder if it's really a good idea to derive one's unique decor ideas from a product that's used primarily to eradicate the odour of barf from one's couch. On the other hand, if there's anyone who SHOULD be using paint chips as a decor statement, it's me.

So I picked out a few paint chips, mostly colours I had wanted to use in my home but didn't: Kennebunkport Green, Nacho Cheese, Roxbury Caramel. Not only do they add a festive splash of colour to a bathroom that's otherwise just a little bit dull, but the mirror is a perfect spot for them, a place where it's perfectly natural (irresistible, actually) to lean forward and read the names on the chips.

When hubby got home, he confirmed that my new decorating statement looks utterly ridiculous. Pie even got into the act, angrily pulling down all my chips the other morning after she finished washing her hands. But that's the beauty of it: you can swap out new paint chips all the time, recreating your colour scheme on the fly. The real question is not "Why do you have paint chips in your mirror?" but rather "Is there any limit to how far you can take this inspired design idea?"


So far, I've limited myself to a 5"x7" frame on the dresser in my bedroom (that's Moccasin, Brick Red, and Whitall Brown you see there). But I'm just getting started.

19 comments:

Magpie said...

This made me grin. I had a chip strip taped to the wall of the bathroom for the longest time - only because there was no mirror frame to tuck it into.

Mary G said...

I love the names that are invented for the colours -- I stand in the paint aisle and read them, blocking traffic (silly old lady) and thoroughly enjoying myself. Alas, my bathroom mirror has no frame.

Mad said...

See that over there, Bea? It's the deep end, and you've finally gone off it.

Said with many smooches,
Mad

Terri B. said...

I love paint chip color names. Your post had me imagining a series of graduated colors using multiple paint chips lined up in a horizontal frame. The possibilities are endless ;o)
What a wonderful and colorful diversion you have provided me with on an unusually gray and rainy day here in So. Cal.

Merle said...

I agree with your hubby. You have lost your mind!! lol But you make me laugh.

Chaotic Joy said...

This post made me laugh. Do they have a 12-step-program for people addicted to paint chips?

Patois said...

Dear God, woman, get thee to an intervention. Stat.

the new girl said...

those ones at the bottom are like little wallet-size pictures of your color-babies. You can put them in your wallet to show people who haven't seen you in a long time.

Bea said...

TNG - I totally ALREADY have paint chips in my wallet to show people.

Mimi said...

Truly, you're obsessed. I respect that.

Nora said...

I think reading the names would be the best part.

Bon said...

you know, if i'd gone to your house and happened upon your paint chips, i'd have thought, huh...so Bea. and expected MBPT fliers by the toilet, for perusal. :)

Mary Alice said...

I like it. Good idea. Don't let hubby discourage you!

Kelly said...

A paint named Nacho Cheese simply must be used...somewhere...anywhere.

Lisa b said...

There is a certain weird brilliance to this idea.
I might not think to try to pull off paint chips as a decorating scheme but I have been known, when planning to repaint, to have chips EVERYWHERE and invite, no demand, input from anyone who enters the house.

It a great conversation starter. They may be on to something....

Loukia said...

I just feel like painting a few rooms in my house again! Paint samples are also great to use for crafts with the kids, cut them up and make things, etc. Fun!

niobe said...

Actually, I think it would look kind of cool to treat the paint chips as art and actually frame them. I'm serious. Really, I am.

Mad said...

So, does this mean it's curtains then? Or is it just height of term busy-ness? Just thought I'd say, hello. Hello.

Heidi said...

I don't want to say you're a little obsessed with paint chips, but . . .