Once upon a time there was a boring beige box of a powder room. When we moved into this home, the powder room was bare except for the dark framed mirror above the sink. I didn’t really want to replace it. It was brand new and functional. We did nothing with this space for almost 2 years. Then, I hung up the matching floating shelves. We had had them sitting around and I just put them up there with not much thought. It was still a boring beige box, only now I had bare shelves to decorate. These, my friends, are the spaces that DIY and home decor bloggers don’t show you. Ever.
Well, once I put those shelves up I knew I had to do something. Without the shelves the space was just unfinished. With the bare shelves it felt like an attempt was made to decorate….but failed. I couldn’t have that. I started to collect things to put on the shelves. I wanted something more though. It needed colour. For a while I thought I would wall paper in there but that sort of seemed like a lot of work. The ceilings are rather high. It would be hard *wrist to forehead*.
Then the fabulous folks at Scotties sent me some design tips from Dee Dee Taylor Eustace. She’s an architect and interior designer and she also wrote a book: Dee Dee’s Rules: 366 Design Tips. Additionally, she designed some of the new tissue boxes for Scotties and that’s where this all started. I loved the blue and grey tones she picked and I also loved her striped border. I grabbed hold of those colours and was off and running with a plan.
I painted a light blue stripe all around the powder room wall then I added a grey border to make it pop. It brought a lot of light into the small space and really made it feel wider. Then I brought in my shelf decor.
And finally I placed the tissue box and a tea cup succulent in a bamboo tray (Dee Dee recommends using trays in the powder room and now I see why!) on the back of the toilet. You can see what I mean about the blue/grey combo and the stripe. It’s funny to think about designing a room around a tissue box, but in this case I think it really worked.
Here’s where we are now. I’d still like to change up the light fixture. It’s very, very, very plain and I think I could bring a lot of character to the space with something else. I’d also like to find a small piece of art for the wall.
Here’s where my money went:
Decor items: $47.25
Paint and materials: $60.31
That puts me just over $100 and we’ll call that a win because…tax.
What spaces are you refreshing this spring?
** This post was sponsored by Scotties. Idea, photos and opinions remain my own as always.