Testing A Sharpie Accent On The Half Tub Wall Design

After I talked about final week that I used to be contemplating doing one thing completely different on the studio lavatory partitions, a number of folks (together with my mother) instructed that earlier than I transfer on to one thing completely 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 bear 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 provide it some oomph. So I made a decision to make use of a black Sharpie marker and description components of the design to provide the design some dimension.

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

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

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} attempt on the toilet partitions earlier than I resolve to scrap the wall design altogether. Right here’s what the wall design appeared 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 positive!

I don’t remorse doing this design in any respect. I’ve been in a position to take pleasure in it for no less than a few years now, however I’m simply wanting one thing a little bit extra daring and colourful. I do know that sounds loopy while you’re taking a look at this design up shut and it appears very daring and colourful…

However while 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 light 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 aspect wall, and went for it.

It’s very exhausting to inform what affect it is going to have from such a small pattern, however I did like the way in which it appeared with the black accents. And I did like how the black tied in with the brand new self-importance coloration.

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

Not like 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 huge impact on the toilet partitions. Right here’s an “in progress” view of the music room partitions. See how big the affect was on these partitions?

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

However on the toilet 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 perform a little massive extra, however I finished after I had about half of the aspect wall executed. 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 assume it is going to.

I’m glad I attempted it, although! No less than now I do know for positive. And I do like to experiment with concepts, so I don’t take into account this a waste of time in any respect.

However it appears to me that the important thing to success with the black Sharpie trick is to start out with a stenciled design that’s executed with neutrals. That’s the place you’ll get probably the most affect, and probably 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 affect 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 precise wallpaper. First, the colours are flawed. My mural doesn’t have a number of yellow. The truth is, I’m unsure if it has any in any respect. And likewise, I can’t actually see myself utilizing “stripes” which can be so haphazard. For somebody who likes issues to be neat, clear, organized (in design, not essentially in life usually 😀 ), sq., straight, and tailor-made like I do, that’s a bit too “baby’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 might look superb in that tiny studio lavatory!