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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1100 on: May 22, 2011, 10:39:02 PM »
That is looking so great!  I can't wait to see the actual dorm rooms! hehe

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« Reply #1101 on: May 22, 2011, 11:52:57 PM »
It looks great, dane! It'll be awesome having all those amnities in one building. And wow, I think you win on "who gets the most cluttered uni room". At least I don't have to share mine.  :P



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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1102 on: May 22, 2011, 11:56:09 PM »
@Danefaith- That kitchen is awesome! I also really like the ambitions skills and art spaces. This building will have something for everyone! :)

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1103 on: May 23, 2011, 12:16:53 AM »
@Ausette
You should see my bedroom! Half the time, there's no free surface.

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1104 on: May 23, 2011, 01:41:37 AM »
Half the time, there's no free surface.

What's a free surface?  :P

The Community Areas look cool Dane!  :)
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1105 on: May 23, 2011, 03:56:58 AM »
dane, that looks awesome. If the actual bedrooms are really small, it might be a really cheap option for sims fresh out of the nest? I see you put a sink in the art rooms, is that to extinguish a sim if they catch on fire?

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« Reply #1106 on: May 23, 2011, 03:58:08 AM »
The communitiy rooms look great dane!!
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1107 on: May 23, 2011, 06:33:29 AM »
We're left with two mores communal rooms and then it's on to the dorm rooms!


A simple hang out room with a few of the remaining amenities.  It links to the communal bathrooms, but since a residential can't use the male/female restroom doors, I made mini plaques to designate.


and of course here's the bathroom, which somehow ended up looking like a pirate ship.  ;D  Ah well.


And here's the dorm rooms!  ...Well, here's the dorm rooms at the beginning of the school year.  My plan was to use a like set of furniture and then flesh them out in different styles, which resulted in this fine little quartet!








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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1108 on: May 23, 2011, 06:37:41 AM »
Love the dorms and final community rooms Dane!!!
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1109 on: May 23, 2011, 07:09:07 AM »
no offense dane, but I was hoping the dorm rooms would be small and cheap, like in TS2University. I don't really see the point in having all those community rooms filled with items like easels, if that stuff can be easily fitted into the dorm rooms themselves - it's just overkill to me. I feel a little like nearly everything on this thread is too expensive for the average sim, and i was hoping for rooms with room only for a bed and a closet, barely, so they'd be really cheap. Anyway, what you've designed is good in itself, just not what I was hoping for.

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« Reply #1110 on: May 23, 2011, 08:35:12 AM »


You mean like that?  No reason I can't upload both the pretty rooms version and the TS 2 Uni version.


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« Reply #1111 on: May 23, 2011, 09:07:21 AM »
I find myself tentatively agreeing with pally on this one. To be honest I was hoping for, well, this:



The rooms are the right size now, so why not go nuts with personal clutter?  :D

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« Reply #1112 on: May 23, 2011, 09:48:22 AM »
Guys, I need help. :-\ I have just *finished* work on my Gen 4's Nursery, but I think it's a bit too dark. Since her favorite color is violet, while it goes well with black. Do you think it's okay? Any help is appreciated, thanks. :)
So here's a tribute part to her gran Cornelia, who died the same day as she was born. I hesitated about putting Cornelia's tombstone there too, but I thought it would be way too much.

This is kind of "Nursery bathroom" or "Parents' resting area". What's your opinion?

Here is where the baby will *cough* sleep *cough*. I know, it's dark.

This one is the "Play area". In the middle of those arches/windows is a toy, which only Violet can access. ;D

And here is the headshot. What do you think? Please help me, thanks so much.
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1113 on: May 23, 2011, 11:29:37 AM »
@ Chronic - It is way to dark, too much black. What I suggest is tone down the Violet, make it a little more neutral, then find another colour which works with Violet, White, Pink, Blue... Something like that.
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« Reply #1114 on: May 23, 2011, 12:10:35 PM »
As you already said yourself, the room definitely is too dark.

I don't think you have to go with a different colour palet if you don't want to. Who says all nurseries must be visions in pastel. But what you do need is balance.

In the current screenshots everything is the same tones of black and purple. If you go for such a colour combination it's important you add lighter tones to your palet to offset the darker ones. This will also make the black and the violet you do put in there pop much more and thus strenghten the mood you want to go for.

You can basically mix and match however you want, but my advise would be to lighten the floors, as well as the ceilings. Perhaps you can try a very light beige (yellow-beige) tone. Violet and yellow are opposites colours on the colour wheel and if you pick the right tone it will complement the violet extremely well. You could also go for an analogous colour palet, but blue/pink may not work as well for your room (because you're searching for very light tones), but you'll just have to try it out and see. Moreover, I wouldn't give all walls the same (colour) wallpaper. When you look at real life interior design you'll rarely find a room where all walls are purple, it's more common to create a focal point. The mood and look you're going for doesn't require everything to be uniform. Then as a last tip, if you go with a dark wall, I'd not go for dark furniture. In the current rooms everything's pretty much non-descript because it blands into each other. Rather, if you want your colour palet to pop you have to create contrast.

The balance between contrast and cohesion is what makes or breaks a design. It is the paradox a designer's never done solving.

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« Reply #1115 on: May 23, 2011, 02:31:52 PM »
Thank you both, Tom and Phyre. I'll use your tips for the bedroom remodel, since Violet is already a child.
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1116 on: May 24, 2011, 06:07:59 AM »



Dinky dorms are go!


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« Reply #1117 on: May 24, 2011, 06:12:37 AM »
The new dorms are looking great! The beds are the cheap ones to bring down the cost. Right??
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1118 on: May 24, 2011, 06:17:28 AM »
Every room costs about 2-3k.  All eight rooms are about 22k altogether - but then again, an 8 sim starter home has 30k so you're good to go with money to spare, no matter how many rooms you use.


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« Reply #1119 on: May 24, 2011, 06:47:18 AM »
Very nicely done Dane. I particularly love the green room. Bravo!
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1120 on: May 24, 2011, 10:51:00 AM »
I finished Cubesque, Minimalistic Studio (Starter).

There were some small changes made to the interior, I finished the exterior, and upgraded all the items in the house. Everywhere on the lot your sim will receive the +40 Beautifully Decorated moodlet.

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1121 on: May 26, 2011, 03:29:10 AM »
dane, the rooms do look better, but am I allowed to be picky and say they could be even smaller and more cluttered? :P

interesting house phyre :)

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1122 on: May 26, 2011, 04:25:48 AM »
@Chronic:

Are you using the hex codes that will give you the true favorite colors?  According to the list on the post linked, the hex code for violet is b12592.  And while I cannot claim to be on the same level as many of our builders on this thread, I do have some tricks I like to use with color.  Once you find a particular hex code on the color wheel, you can go to different spots on the wheel and find complimentary and contrasting colors that work very well with the starting color.  And, wow, let me say that the real color of violet from the hex code is not like the color in your pictures!  It's a very bright violet color.  Very bright!  But that's the color in the game when the Sim likes violet.  Anyway, I found violet on the wheel and then captured the hex code for the spot directly across from violet, and about the same distance from the center.  It doesn't have to be exact.  Just eyeball it.  So, for violet, I got a bright green to go with it (hex code 28b115).  Once you get the green, you can lighten or darken it as you choose to make it go nicely with the violet.  Another way is to go a little to each side of violet on the wheel, rather than directly across.  I got a purple (hex code 7337b1) and a true red (hex code b13223) on the other side.  Again, you can lighten or darken as you wish. 

This is just a fun way to get unique and awesome colors without falling back on black, white, and pink as the typical colors for making a room interesting with color.  I hope I didn't make this too confusing and that it helps you in some way.  :)
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1123 on: May 26, 2011, 08:50:32 AM »
Pam, I am using the colors provided in the first option (aka the small box list). In the Nursery I've used the darkest option before black. Even though, for the black I used hex code (000000). And for the white too (ffffff). I know about the hex code system, but I just wanted to recolor everything quickly. It's a real pain to recolor every object, you know. Hope you understand, but, still, thanks. :)
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #1124 on: May 26, 2011, 05:00:50 PM »
I know other people have probably figured out how to build a pond indoors, at least this way the vampires won't be exposed to the sun.  I tried it and it is so cool.  For some that may not know what it would look like, I took a couple of screenshots.


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