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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 02-28-2021 07:13 AM

I don’t remember any house I’ve ever lived in not having popcorn ceilings, which is always white. This house has three BRs. Mine is the only one whose walls aren’t white. Living room and dining room also white/white. The kitchen, of course, is wallpapered, with a yellow ceiling. The laundry is Yellow/Yellow (no popcorn). Bathrooms (two – no popcorn) are green/green.

One of the most attractive abodes I’ve ever seen was a condo an old friend lived in. I don’t remember the ceilings at all, but the walls were of some sort of pastel reddish, or sandstone treatment with various bone-colored accents (sconces, cornices, and such. It resembled an Italian restaurant. A very small Italian restaurant. As far as the visual effect of color influencing the size perception goes, I don’t really think it matters much, unless you’re beginning from either very small or very large. In average-size rooms, where all the rooms are more or less proportionate to one another, it’s a moot point. Take, for instance, your Victorians, which have big, square great rooms, with high-ceilings, and bedrooms and bathrooms that are squeezed in however they happen to fit, being just the place where you would sleep, color affects size-perception.

I remember a farmhouse I toured in Montana, once. It was built in the twenties. Downstairs, you walked in the front door to find yourself in the “main room,” which was “parlor,” more than “living room.” It was small in comparison to the dining room, which was enormous, being the farmhouse of a large family that was built in the early twentieth century. The kitchen was also huge (again: big family; big meals; large dinner gatherings – super spreader events, by today’s standards). Upstairs, you would find many bedrooms that were nothing more than cells, really. Many rooms, not all square or rectangular – some were added on, as occupants were added, into weird corners. The house had dormers on the roof, too, adding to the confusion.

The point, relating to the topic, is that that house could have used some color to distract from the craziness. Alas, there wasn’t a square inch of wall or ceiling that wasn’t white. And, there were windows aplenty. Big windows. One had more of a feeling of “space” inside than out. Until, that is, one got upstairs. There, it was a veritable thicket of small spaces.

Take that for what it’s worth.

-- Mark


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