Saturday, January 10

Decorator's Challenge

I love our house. When we moved into this house almost three years ago, I especially liked the older parts of our home. It has things that we didn't see in newer homes (some good, some not so good), and it seemed charming. But, there were things that I new we'd have to do. Many of those updates were completed before moving into the house. The others, we knew, would just have to be done along the way.

Well, as with many other things, last minute touches have been pushed to the end of the list. And, none of them are things that I can't live with for now. Our bathroom, however, is starting to really grate on my nerves.

I'd love to do some major renovations like change out flooring, swap out the tub and toilet, and update the cabinetry. But, that is NOT going to happen right now. So, I've decided that painting the cabinets, updating the hardware, and changing the linens will help "buy" some more time and ease my nerves.

This is where you come in. My inspiration is a hand towel that I was given for Christmas. I love the colors in it. The green in the cross is almost exactly the color of the walls. So, I need your help deciding on a color for the cabinets. I have had three thoughts so far; the same green that is on the wall, brown, or a muted yellow. PLEASE, let me know what you think. I know that some of you are master designers, and I'm dying to hear your opinions.

The view into our bathroom from the den. The wall by the light switch and picture frame is the green that I am talking about possibly using.
The cross that is on the hand towel.
And here is our greatest challenge. This is the floor in the bathroom by the tub and toilet. Interesting, I know. I really can't say that I don't like it. It's very unique. But, I don't want to do something that will clash with this busy floor. Do you see my problem?O.K., I can't wait to hear your ideas. I know they are going to be great. And, I can't wait to post pictures of the new and improved bathroom. Hopefully, sooner than later. Thanks for your help.


Alyson said...

So... I am not one of your friends that is a "master decorator" that is for sure!!
But, I am pretty smart so -
For what it's worth... I think brown. Infact,the brown that is the background on the blog looked great next to the tile in the bathroom and the cross on the hand towel.
What a great hand towel BTW! Where did it come from? Love it!
Can not wait to see the finished project! You know I would love to help when I am there if you need me!

Amy H. said...
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Michael said...

Although, I am no Master Decorator as well, I am going to have to say brown!!!! Can't wait to see how it turns out. Also, Anthropologie (in Renaissance) has the most beautiful and unique cabinet pulls. They are about $5 - $10 (at the most) per pull, but since you don't have many doors/drawers it may be a good way to do some different and unique hardware for not a lot of $$$.

Jamie Ford said...

OH MY!!! I didn't realize i was signed in under Michael's blog! I am sure you though he was absolutely CRAZY!!!! anyway, the above opinion is mine!

Carly Winborne said...

i'm no professional. but i was thinking brown. i thought the same thing as alyson that the brown on the blog looked nice against the tile and towel. and then i had another thought - a creamy yellow might be better. one of the lighter colors to tie in your floor (which i think is interesting, too). brown might be too harsh and close the room in, while a lighter color would make it look bigger.

i wonder if there are pro/cons for painting cabinetry lighter vs. darker? maintenance, coverage, etc. i don't know, but i'm sure someone does!

another idea, paint your ceiling! i wish we would have done that in our bedroom/bathroom.

PS: i'm linking your blog from mine, too. :)

Erin Rees said...

Ok Amy, I see that brown is the popular opinion, but I think staining your cabinets and giving them an antique look would look really nice! If you do brown cabinets it is going to bring out the brown tone in your floor and it may make your bathroom look really dark and smaller. Doing an antique finish would be an even easier update considering your cabinets are already white.