It’s bad. I know it. Brown and orange with wood trim????!!! Is it fitting or ironic or did I just take it too far? Either way, maybe if I let you in on my thought process you’ll understand a tad more and renege on your sudden desire to turn me into the interior design police.
Once upon a time I went on a Parade of Homes. You know, those shows where you go around from gorgeous home to gorgeous home, soaking in all the pretty and grand and letting your inspiration mug overflow with ideas for your dream home. And on that little tour de homes, I laid foot in a beautiful powder room that the designer(s) of that particular home painted a deep dark brown and it looked incredible. I hadn’t seen a room that dark before and so it was not only mesmerizing but someday I had to copy.
Enter our bathroom. Not the bathroom that was the best slate for my dark bathroom must-have but what did I know? Nothing, obviously. When we moved into our first home, that bathroom was an awful shade of peach and had to go. (Ha…it’s funny thinking back on how awful I thought the peach was, because it was, but how I covered it with an equally awful color…fool me once, fool myself twice…) So Cabin Plank (Valspar) went up on the walls. Wish as I did to want to paint all of the trim and vanity white, I didn’t. All of the trim in the entire house was solid wood and stained the same as that in the bathroom. And it wasn’t cheap wood trim either. So, painting it, when we knew that the house wasn’t our forever home, we ruled out because we thought we’d get more money for our investment with the wood the way it was vs. painting over it. (We ended up making bank off that house so I don’t know in the long run if it would’ve been better or worse to paint but c’est la vie.)
To add a tad bit o’ color, I grabbed some dollar store daises and planted them in some dollar store vases and picked up some matching orange hand towels from Walmart. The cabinet over the toilet we purchased at Target and the white shower curtain was a wedding registry gift (Target). Those two white things were my sole two attempts to put some white in the room and were probably my unconscious trade for not painting the trim white. I added some white frames that I filled with sepia-filtered pictures of our honeymoon (which just added more brown…dumb idea.) The gold fixtures were already there along with the creamy white tile floor. The toilet was a bisque color as was the shower/bath combo. The room didn’t exactly scream “A Parade of Homes home was my inspiration!!” But, it was an ultra-cheap transition from where it began, ringing in at around $35.
If I could go back and if I had to keep the wood unpainted, I think I’d go with a creamy white on the walls, add some bold fabric in the form of a roman shade over the window, swap out the over-the-toilet cabinet with a couple of large frames stacked on top of each other, and nix the flowers and orange anything. Maybe this no good, very bad, two minute, photo-shopping job will help visualize it:
[If you squint, it might help it to look a little better…or better yet, chug a large glass of vino.]
So, there you have it. One of the worst decorating decisions I’ve made. What about yours? Spill it. :)