At that time, I hinted that there would be a "Part 2" to this ceiling-painting endeavor (and that's an endeavor without a "u", instead of with a "u"). Part 2, "where the men get separated from the boys".
I will admit straight up that this skylight painting project was not my creative idea. I've also mentioned in the past that I'm an absolute HGTV junkie...
|This is an actual photograph of our TV itself, obviously from the HGTV show Kitchen Cousins, which is a kitchen make-over series. How wonderful for us that DirecTV can be paused like this, because that's how I scrapbook many of the design ideas that interest me: I sit there with a camera and take pictures of the television set. My teenager says that I'm far too eccentric. I'm old enough not to care.|
|It's fairly unremarkable, isn't it?? Gives some feeling of weightiness being lifted off the head, but really no WOW-factor here.|
Men from the boys. There was not a single fifty-dollar home improvement project I've ever done that was anywhere near to being as challenging as this one proved to be. Converging on exactly the right shade of blue came down to an almost scientific process that went something like this series of steps below.
|Have you ever noticed that just the right shade of aqua/turquoise can have tremendous WOW-factor? Such as this art glass piece in a fancy hotel as photographed by Lloyd Edwards (image screengrabbed from this site).|
|Here's an image of a color wheel screengrabbed from this HGTV site. Do you see how the blues are opposite the oranges? That is extremely important for the analysis below.|
|This is how our cabinetry appears when photographed without using the camera flash. This is fairly true-to-life.|
|According to a color-wheel calculation software that my husband located on the internet, this is the color-wheel-opposite to the cabinet photo above.|
|Just to bracket the range of possibilities, this is what the same cabinet looks like when photographed with the camera flash on. This is much more yellowish than how it appears in real life.|
|And this is the blue shade that was calculated as being opposite the camera flash option.|
August 11, 2013: There's now a cool app that can help with that sort of determination.
|Go to this site and play around with it if you're trying to constrain colors. |
Screengrabbed from Color Scheme Designer.
|I almost did not buy an 8-ounce tester of "Sweetleaf" because it looked far too green to me in the store and on the chip card... isn't a "leaf" supposed to be green rather than blue?? And I thought I was looking for a blue. Here it is above as screengrabbed from this site.|
|And here it is as screengrabbed from the Lowe's site. But paint shades as seen on a fan deck don't necessarily bear any resemblance to what they look like once they are up on the wall.|
|You are probably sitting there thinking, |
"She is just plain wrong. She mixed up her colors."
But I have the half-empty paint can sitting beside me as I type this post.
Painting a skylight is not like painting any other surface of your home - especially if your skylight is a massive shaft ten feet in length up through the very center of the house, as ours is. If you remember your high school science, what this means is that the light coming down that shaft is largely polarized, which can drastically affect how colors manifest. We noticed right away that the paint as applied seemed to immediately resonate and self-amplify, particularly because it was a semi-shiny satin - it reflected light back upon itself to intensify its own blue tones. I've never seen this happen to this degree in any painting project before (but I've never painted the inside of a shaft before).
|In the evening as the sun lowers in the sky, there is a mysterious subtle glow that reminds me of Cherenkov radiation.|
Anyway, in summary, should you be one of those intrepid souls who is intent on finding just the right color for your skylight, my advice is this: just keep trying and trying until you find the shade that suits your particular room configuration and lighting conditions. Done correctly, the final result is more than worth all the effort and energy that it might take to get there.