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Yes, I really am this bored

I was idly thinking to myself about how teenage girls on US TV shows all seem to have the same colour bedrooms. I haven't researched or checked this this in any way, but I wondered if that was reflective of what I perceive to be the predominant colour in most houses (let alone teenage bedrooms) that magnolia probably was the boring norm.

So just out of academic curiosity:

My bedroom when I was 18 was painted:

Black
0(0.0%)
Bright Yellow
1(3.7%)
Pastel Yellow
1(3.7%)
Magnolia or White
3(11.1%)
Dark Blue
1(3.7%)
Mid Blue
2(7.4%)
Pastel Blue
3(11.1%)
Brown
2(7.4%)
Green
0(0.0%)
Light Green
2(7.4%)
Red
0(0.0%)
Purple
3(11.1%)
Magenta
0(0.0%)
Pastel Pink
3(11.1%)
Other
6(22.2%)

If you said 'Other', what colour was it?


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I must point out that the room was that color when we moved in, and I had no say in it. If I'd had my druthers I'd have picked some shade of blue. I did eventually get to paint a large dragon mural on the wall, though. (Probably because Mom knew the house was going to be torn down for the freeway in a few years, and she didn't need to worry about the re-saleability.)

I'd have been horrified even then! Though the dragon sounds rather good.

I suppose, as it's rarely if ever gone into, that 'teenage girls in US tv' may not have had a lot of choice either.

I had very nondescript wallpaper, chosen by the previous inhabitants. I did get my own bright orange sheets, though. (Nylon. Ick.) Everything else in the room was old furniture etc chosen by may parents. My room at college had white walls, but I covered every inch I could with posters.

I ran out of room for that option!

All our walls are white--my parents have never believed in colored walls and that kind of spilled over to me. I have wallpaper in one bathroom and below the chair rails in the dining room and that's it and that was actually put on by my parents before I bought the house from them. My parents have gone wild with very pale yellow paint in their kitchen *g* but the rest of their walls are white. My first house, the walls were all different pastels and I painted over almost all of them to a bluish white except the yellow kitchen and pale green lower bath. Just a thing with us.

Sounds like my worst nightmare. But then I once thought painting my bedroom Khaki green over the hideous textured wallpaper the previous owner left me with as a good idea and now I'm stuck with it until such time as I can afford someone else to come and remove it.

I had a neutral wallpaper. But I'd say in general, neutral walls are pretty standard, particularly if you don't own your house or are in an apartment. And right now, new houses that are built in developments will almost always have neutral walls.

Same as here really. I'm just interested in the difference between reality and fiction, and the tranatlantic difference.

I had white walls... but that's because I lived in a dorm when I was 18 and there's no way they would have allowed us to paint the walls!

That doesn't really count then. :)

Mine was blue, moved into that room, already that color. I've never owned my own house, only rent. If I did, I'd have a pale yellow top half with a trim (like wallpaper, I guess with floral or dragons or fairies or something cool) cutting the color in half and the the other half would be a rust or peach or lavender or forest green or I dunno whatever looked good.

Of course, I'd have to finish my book, get it published, make a lot of money, win the lottery (which I don't play, so that's a problem there), or have some random, really rich person leave me his fortune when he dies for some odd reason) in order for me get the house for me to decide what to paint my bedroom.

Carry on............. :)

Edited at 2013-08-25 07:11 am (UTC)

Dragons are always cool. What you need is a big dragon mural and the fire making the two red/yellow layers! Shame you can't do it.

I want to win the lottery so someone can paint it for me!




The walls were white but I painted the furniture blood red. There was something called "antiquing" back then and the kits came in a lot of colors.

Sounds like an accident in a hospital. :)

I wish I could remember that far back...

My brain is so full up with passwords and pin numbers I can't remember anything else...

I tend to go for the same colours though, and my mum and dad always let me choose so it was probably a shade of yellow or green.

I always veer towards blue.

Mine was my own choice, a sort of deep wedgewood blue with white paintwork.

Oddly enough, D-d liked her choice at age 9 (wallpaper which is in shades of blues and greys patterned like nebula and things) so much that she kept it right until she left home, even though we'd have had no objection to her changing it.


You'd like our current bedroom, I think; dark green walls, red and gold border with fleur-dy-lys, black metal light fitting and curtain rail, metallic black door and radiator. The curtains are cream, and the furniture pale pine with green colour wash on the drawer fronts, just to stop it getting too gloomy - and the bedding rotated through dark red to match the border, dark green, or cream, depending on mood and time of year! It is actually a really restful room - even though it would probably appal every style guru ever.

If I'd had nebula wallpaper, I would have kept it!

Your bedroom does sound nice, mine is a half-decorated wreck. But it does have chinese dragon pictures on the wall.

When I turned 18 I was already living in the dorms, which were white, white, white. My room before that had wood paneled walls, not my choice. BUT I had a tiny ensuite with pink shag carpeting, and the walls might've been pink, too. It was long ago that he house was in the family, so my memory is fuzzy, sort if like that carpet.

McDiva, who is 5 months away from 18, has bedroom walls in the shade "Gypsy Rose", which is pretty aggressively pink. I would hesitate to call it pastel, though technically it is. Not at all pale. She chose the color when she was 4, and adores it to this day. It actually looks pretty good with the turquoise chandelier she scavenged from someplace. Not classy, perhaps, but, um, bold. I wasn't sure it was a good idea to paint a little girls bedroom a shade named after a stripper, but I got over myself.

>>I wasn't sure it was a good idea to paint a little girls bedroom a shade named after a stripper

That's the best thing about it in my opinion! I have a verement feminist issue with pink.



Edited at 2013-08-26 09:58 am (UTC)

Did you have the same obnoxious pink pastel print of a Degas ballerina that 85% of my classmates seemed to have? It took me years before I could appreciate the artist.

Absolutely not, goth me would have been mortified! Pink, pastel and ballerina are three words I can categorically say have never been associated with me.

I'll let you have obnoxious though!

My dad painted my room while I was at Guide camp. Despite the fact I had given him the colour swatches before I left. I ended up with a green, Barbie pink and blue bedroom. I was less than impressed

I can imagine (unfortunately)!

I had the pale blue-mottled-with-white wallpaper that went in when I was about seven or eight. Not too long after I left home, of course, it was repainted a soothing heathery colour with one unsaturated-apple green wall. And got better lighting (I picked an orange lampshade when I was ten and never got rid of it). With really nice curtains.

I never had a dragon mural. :( But I did have a Whitby Wyrm poster from Smiths?

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