November 2, 2010

{ love me some color }

I don't care about resale value.
At least right now, anyway.  We don't have any intentions to move anytime soon, so why should I worry about what future owners will think of my home?  Since we are the ones living here for the next foreseeable future, we paint and decorate for US.  We don't worry about what others will think of it.  If/when the time comes that we decide to sell, if we need to, we can always slap some paint around. 
But for now, our home is for us.  :)

I had always wanted a bright, fun bathroom.  I feel like bathrooms are one of the rooms in the house where you can really go crazy with color and fun.  It took some convincing (2 years!) to get my husband to agree, but, I was finally successful, and even better, he is happy with the results too!

Here is our guest/kid bathroom before:
(please ignore the inspiration studio lettering on all the photos, apparently I deleted my original pics (ah!), so this is all I had to work with)

Nice STARK white walls...

Don't you LOVE how the shower curtain blends right into the wall? :)

I had known what I wanted to do in here for a long time.  A long looooong time.  Once the hubsters was on board (okay, okay, even before he was completely on board...), I got all gung-ho over this project.
I may or may not have started experimenting with paint colors all over the wall while he was at school one day.  Obviously when he came home and saw the wall all splotched up like that, we couldn't just leave it.  People see this room, for crying out loud!  So, clearly, we had to paint it.  That night.  :) (Ah, I just love that man! He puts up with so much! :)

Just a few hours later, we had taken the blindingly-white, boring-beyond-belief bathroom to this little beauty:

Ack!  Could you just die?  I LOVE it!

Since I just kinda sprung this project on my husbad, we were trying to keep it at low-cost as possible.  So we took the towel rod, hand-towel holder, and toilet paper roll holder, light fixture, and some accessories all down and spray-painted them a nice sleek black.  Then, using extra paneling from when we did faux board and batten in Taelie-girl's room, we fashioned a quick frame around the mirror and glued it right back onto the mirror.

Hung the same decorations back up.  But with the new wall color, it makes a WORLD of difference!  Look how that shower curtain pops now!  It's hard to tell from my spectacular phone pics, but the green stripes match the rest of the green in the bathroom perfectly!  And, when I couldn't figure out the best way to fix that annoying fun little gap above the shower curtain, I had a sweet suggestion from a fellow blogger to add some trim to the bottom of the curtain and raise the whole thing up.  Genius!  Of course, I have yet to do it, but I can definitely visualize how awesome that will look when I get to it. 

Also, I am 99% sure I am going to paint the ceiling too.  My hubs wasn't convinced that we should, so we agreed to live with it for a little while and see how we felt about it.  Everytime I pass it though, I can't help but think how much better it will look without that obvious contrasting line between the wall and ceiling, so I'm itching to get 'er done! (I am totally a tiny bit nervous about it, although I've seen many others that have done it and it's looked awesome, so I'm trying to be brave. :)

So, once again, the boring before:

and the beautiful after:

What do you think?  Have you gone big and bold with color before and loved it, or do you prefer a neutral palette?  Are you a "go big or go home" kind of decorator, or does the sight of bright purple bathroom leave you shaking your head?  Share your thoughts, I'd love to hear them!

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Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party

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Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Beautiful!!! I love the deeper color!!! Fantastic! :)

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

The bathroom looks great! It is amazing how just paint can totally transform a room. I LOVE your frame around the mirror, too. Really cool! Thanks for stopping by my blog...I can't wait to read more of yours!!

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Jen,
It's nice to meet you! I'm so happy to see a fellow blogger and decorator who enjoys color like I do. Hooray! Your bathroom looks amazing and perfect for your children to enjoy. Gorgeous, gorgeous job!

Thank you very much for coming by and for following along as well. I really appreciate it and will do the same. Your blog is precious!

I'm having my 2 years of blogging giveaway if you would like to stop by and enter. It's filled with warm browns and reds.

Have a great week!
Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Whoa, what a difference!!! That color really makes everything pop! I do like color but get a little nervous at the thought of painting a whole room. I admire people like you who can go for it! Major props :)

I'm so glad you stopped by! I can't wait to follow your blog too!

Frugal Pals said...

I love color! Your bathroom looks great. I can't wait until I can do my bathroom over.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lovin the colors that you used here...looks GREAT!!!!


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Ann said...

I'm with you-- I love the color! I need to do this to my boring white bathroom too... I'm ur newest follower- come and check out my blog! ann at

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from the Power of Paint Party! What a transformation with just paint! Great job!