I am not a designer. The idea of pulling colors and objects together to make a room feel warm, cozy, or any other feeling is just not my gifting. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE great design, I just don’t know how to pull it off…most of the time.
Our bathroom/laundry room has always been a pretty dark place. There are no windows in this room, which means no natural sunlight. On top of that it is on the side of the house that gets the least amount of sun inside, so not even a bit of the natural light from the adjoining room filters in to it. Knowing this, when we moved in I painted the room a nice yellow hoping to brighten things up. With such a loud color I opted for a more neutral shower curtain, brown. I decorated, the best I could, the rest of the room in sunflowers which brought in some added color, green. I have lived with that look for a bit over two years now. It worked and had some color like I wanted but never really felt bright or warm.
Recently I was out shopping and ran across a shower curtain that had a subtle flower imprint design all over it. I hemmed and hawed over it for a while at the store, not sure if it would work. You see, the main color of the curtain was a teal-green, with the flowers in white. I loved how the flowers looked so much like the sunflowers I already had in the bathroom but teal-green. Wouldn’t that be too much color? Would it clash with the yellow walls? Not being a designer I had no idea. I went with the “Well, it isn’t that much, and if I don’t like it, I can return it.” approach.
After taking down the old, brown curtain and replacing it with the new teal-green one, I was in shock as to how much brighter the room felt. I actually didn’t mind being in the bathroom working on laundry. Our little room went from a dark corner of the house to a bright, welcoming space. LOL, as much as a bathroom can be welcoming.
Such a simple change made such a difference in our house, and my attitude. After seeing such a transformation, I am really excited about adding more color into our home. Now, hum, what should the next project be? Do you have any tips on design for anyone not so gifted in that area? Comment below and help us all learn a little.