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Old 11-21-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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Mother-in-law just bought a house which was painted prior to sale. She doesn't like the colors so she gave me all the left over paint which was in the basement. I had an entire gallon of a medium brown so I used it in the powder room. Here's my problem. It seems to have a lot of yellow in it. I switched out the yellowish bulbs in the vanity with clear and that helped a bit. But it's still too yellow. I'm trying to avoid repainting this room since it was a pain - the bathroom is 28 inches wide with 9 foot ceilings - it's almost impossible to even get a ladder in there! Is there anything I can do to reduce the yellow? Maybe accessorize with a certain color? Different lighting? Change out trim?

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Hey Nazarine,
Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do to change the look of a wall color past swapping bulbs and repainting. Completely repainting a small bathroom like that can really be a pain, I don’t blame you for not wanting to do that again. Since you have your base coat already applied have you considered mixing a lighter color with some glaze and doing a faux finish? There are a number of different types of faux finishes that will definitely change or “tone down” the yellow in your wall color. Do a quick Google search and you will find a number of different pictures of faux finishes. Take some pictures of the bathroom if you get a chance and post them up maybe some others will have ideas on ways to change the look of your bathroom.
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I'm not sure if it would be more or less work than a repaint - but you could also install some wainscot or beadboard paneling on the lower part of the wall to break-up the solid color on the wall.

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Faux finish! I didn't think of that! I've never tried it, but I'm definitely going to look into it. Thank you so much for the suggestion!

And I love the look of wainscot but for the amount of work and cost of that, I would probably just repaint it. We rent a house and the landlord hasn't painted it in 5 years so I'm taking all this out of my own pocket.

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