Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Powder Room (AFTER)

So here it is, my post about what I did to our teeny tiny powder room, and it only took a day!  First, I want to show you some photos of things that inspired me to do this: 

The first two pictures show you where I'm headed with the color in the room, the bottom two picures have a great contrast with the grey and the addition to of white throughout the bathroom. 

With such a small room (it is pretty tiny) I didn't want to bring in a very dark grey color that would shrink the room while you're in it.  I wanted a dove grey, something soft and soothing, but still sort of tough.  It says, "Hey, I'm grey.  How you doin'?" 

Then I took our existing yellow towels and rug into account and chose it as an accent color.  As I continued, I picked up a yellow vase (thanks Lauren!) and some yellow ribbon for the picture frames that were a bit brighter and popped a little more.  I'm going to hunt down towels and rugs that match this brighter and stronger yellow.  I like it way more! 

So, drumroll please!  Here it is.  A few shots of my non-orange powder room! 

Here's where the yellow ribbon came into play, I used it to "hang" three frames.  I just tucked it into the back of the frame with a little bit of adhesive.  It isn't really holding up the frames, I don't trust it to do so. 

In this picture, you can see the old yellow rugs on the our dark flooring, and it simply isn't yellow enough for me.  I think I'll look for a brighter yellow rug, or maybe just a dark grey one?  I'm not sure yet. 

And that yellowvase is the right is sort of a nice pop of color, and I'm looking for one more frame or framed artwork to hang on that blank piece of wall you see above. 

I've been crushing on this eye chart from Etsy for a while now, and I think it would look rad in there.  Then again, this fading set of prints also seems like one or all of them would look good there.  And in that same breath, my new obsession with spinning makes me want to order this one in canary yellow and put it up on the wall!  I could spend all day on Etsy and still not make up my mind! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Powder Room (BEFORE)

On MLK, Jr day, I lost my mind.  I had hated the color of our downstairs powder room for about 6 months now, and I decided I needed to change it.  You see, when we moved in, I did very neutral colors throughout the house and decided to be "daring" in the small powder room.  I went with a creamy peach, which translated to a room that no matter how your makeup was done, you looked like you were an oompa loompa in this room! 

This is what it looked like before I painted it the first time: 

The previous owner had painted the smallest room in the house a blood red color.  It felt so ridiculously small!  I was claustrophobic in this room! 

Then I painted it a creamy peach color.  At first I loved it, simple yet slightly feminine.  Then I looked at myself in the mirror.  I don't have BIG shots of the actual powder room itself, only myself in it.  Here are some examples:

This is a photo that is not from the bathroom.  Please note, I am not orange here.  In real life, I am not orange! 

This photo is from the powder room.  Look at that!  I'm orange!  Imagine doing your hair or make up in this room.  It is an absolute nightmare. 

So stay tuned to find out what I did to change this, and if it worked out well for me!