Hey there! I will be starting a new blog theme called "Design Dilemmas" where I will be tackling some common dilemmas that some of us find ourselves in. Hopefully, we can all help each other out and discuss how we navigate around these common house problems. I would love to hear from you and see how you are tackling these problems in your own home!
Today's design dilemma: Small, outdated bathrooms!
We have two bathrooms in this 1980's rental home of ours and if you are wondering why I never show them on instagram, it's because they are kind of, well... hideous! Our master bathroom is huge. That is its only redeeming quality. It is carpeted (YUCK), painted ballet pink, and every other surface is covered in pink tiles with roses. I even have a pink toilet. No, it isn't something I generally feel excited about showing off but at least it is in the back corner of our home and hardly anyone ever sees it. Our main bathroom in the center of the house is a small but full bathroom with outdated features as well. The walls were originally painted a salmon color and the tub and vanity have beige tiles with maroon flowers on just a few throughout the design. The toilet and sink are beige and the floor tiles have all these colors tied in. Try not to be too jealous ;).
When I first moved in, I knew as a renter I was not going to make any significant changes to the bathrooms unless we bought the house. When you are only able to make cosmetic changes, the most important features you want to update are paint, lighting and decor. I started with paint and chose a dark grey tone running through the existing floor tiles and painted the cabinets. I also added hardware to add some flare to the otherwise basic and outdated vanity. Next, I chose a soft custard yellow to paint the walls. Yes, I know what you are thinking, that was a mistake. My husbands reaction to this paint color was less than enthused. The room looked dingy as it was and then I went and added another dingy yellow tone. It immediately rubbed us the wrong way but we chose to ignore it for awhile and left it yellow for far too long.
I finally couldn't handle it anymore and decided that this summer, I would make some small changes to this space. So here is what I did this weekend.
First, I painted the walls white. When in doubt, paint it white! It brightened everything up and ended that dingy dark feeling we were suffering through for so long with the yellow walls. I chose pure white by Behr. I can't express to you enough how much bigger the room feels now. It's really making me think I need to paint the whole house white now!
Next, I removed the builder grade mirror on the wall. I replaced it with a framed mirror from Target that I had and spray painted it white.
Next, I disguised the tiles on the vanity with a beautiful mirrored tray with some decor pieces. The tray is completely unnecessary other than to cover the two flowered tiles hiding beneath it!
Now it was time to decorate! Always the best part!
I wanted to give this room a clear, simple, and classic theme. I chose these 7 amazing prints from the new art gallery over at Minted.com. When you are choosing art to create a gallery wall in your home, I suggest sticking to a short list of coordinating colors. I wanted mostly white to keep a clean and streamlined look to this space. Then I chose black, naturally, and aqua and coral. These 7 pieces spoke to me because we live on the west coast in a beach town and the vintage feel of these prints gave me a nostalgic feeling of growing up here as a child. Art should reflect your life, your love, your family. Art should make you happy and these 7 art prints did just that for me.
Minted sent them over in perfectly packaged boxes and lightweight, classic white frames. Each frame is easy to hang and comes with a wire for no-fuss leveling. It couldn't have been easier.
When you are creating a gallery wall, I suggest playing with different mediums. Bring in some different textures and shapes that fit your theme. I added in these shelves to hold beach treasures we have collected from vacations or simple family walks to the beach. I also added the coral towel hooks instead of traditional hooks to tie in the beach theme.
I added in a few basket from Michaels to add in a little texture other than just on the walls alone. Baskets in the bathroom work great with rolled towels.
Photobombed by Rory, as per usual.
Well, there you have it. I hope to update more in here depending on how long we choose to stay. I would love an updated light fixture next but I really do think these small changes were enough to perk up the place for now. I am in love with my Minted.com art and will return to them in a heartbeat for my next art purchase.
I'd love to hear from you in the comments or on instagram about how you've tackled your small, outdated bathrooms. Or you can let me know what design dilemmas you struggle with and want to see discussed! Can't wait to chat!