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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:

Bright Yellow
Pastel Yellow
Magnolia or White
Dark Blue
Mid Blue
Pastel Blue
Light Green
Pastel Pink

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.

IIRC, my brother's bedroom was a sort of teal color, and the rest of the house was plain white. Except for some very startling wallpaper of jungle foliage covering one wall of my parents' bedroom (which also came with the house.)

I had dark blue with Fleur-de-Lys to cover up the clouds and rainbows(!) I suffered before.

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 have lots of pictures/art on the walls so you don't really notice. Or I'm just really used to it.

I'm sure it looks very nice, but I wouldn't want to live with it myself.

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)

Ah. Well, I think there are two schools of pink, as it were. There's the "don't be alarmed, I'm just a girl, no threat here sir" school, and the "fuck you, I'm a girl and I dare you to underestimate me OR my trappings" school. McDiva, needless to say, is in the later camp. She pretty much owns the pink. Hence the phrase "aggressively pink".

I've been thinking about this more, and I think it falls under the Emma Goldman-esque heading of "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." If a color can be designated as anti-feminist — or anti-communist, or anti-Buddhist, or anti-what-have-you — then that's just giving power to a negative, if you take my meaning. It's problematic to designate a thing that's been associated with female-ness — but itself has no morality or opinion — as somehow antithetical to what right-thinking women should want. It implies that persons who like pink cannot possibly be right-thinking feminists, which could lead people to think that since they like pink they must not be feminists. Or not feminist enough. Whatever. Pink is so not the point.

I may not be a fan of Barbie dolls, for example, but everybody who went to see Toy Story 3 heard a "girlie" toy say, "Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!" To this I say, "Go, Barbie!"

Taste is taste, though, and I actually think it's a bit more important to human interactions than we'd like to think. I don't plan to tell anybody what theirs should be, though, as long as I don't have to live with them.

Edited at 2013-08-26 09:01 pm (UTC)

My problem is that that pink has become so arrgessively gendered in the first place. Of course, there is nothing wrong with liking pink as such (I happen to like neon pink), my problem lies with the way girls and women are being conditioned into buying into this preference by limiting their choice. Is it really a preference when young girls are repeatedly shown that pink is for girls? How are they supposed to make an informed choice within the limits marketeers have set them?

Obviously, girls are not all sheep; I have a friend who has a four year old daughter that hates pink, but has trouble finding her non-pink clothes which is a pain as she won't wear them if they have any pink on them.

I get very annoyed when I just want some comfortable nightwear and I find it almost impossible to get without some trace of pink contamination.

This site says everything I want to say:

Oh, agreed that there's way more to girls than pink. Here in "Left Coast" USA, Hanna Andersson rainbow hues rule all in terms of kids' clothing. I did see a thing on Facebook or Tumblr about the new drive in Sweden for gender-neutral toy marketing, which is pretty cool. My nephew in NYC wears pink tights everyday with a tunic because he wants to be a prince. He inherited McDiva's wooden sword (from the Tower of London gift shop!) to help him toward this goal. Meanwhile, McDiva is actually taking fencing for PE this year. A few years ago, I stopped by the Disney story and asked the clerk to direct me to the "prince" stuff and was told there was none. Last year when I checked again: tons. Also 10" dolls of princes. If they didn't have all the kid-sized costumes, I might've thought the dolls were supposed to be "Ken", but I'm pretty sure that's not the whole picture. So, yeah, I see progress on the toy side. I'm sure it's all market-driven, but why would the toy manufacturers want to limit themselves to just half the possible customer base?

And I can never find a pink nightgown when I want one.

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!


Perhaps I should have said "chalk" - at any rate, for the longest time I called it "that pink thing" and "that damned pink crap." My sister bought it because she thought having me look at it all the time while growing up (against "lemon chiffon" painted walls) would get me more interested in "normal things." :P

Just because when they asked me in the fourth grade what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said "Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard" (it was my Conan Doyle period).

I still can't stand IT but I since learned to appreciate Degas and his place in the impressionist movement.

Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard seems a fine ambition to me!

I don't really like impressionist art. I tend to like more asbract things these days like Rothko.

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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