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Design Challenge: Chrissy's Pink & Blue Tile Bathroom Dilemma

Kayd Roy11 Comments
I had a fun little design challenge presented to me the other day from a reader named Chrissy.  She and her hubby just settled into a cute ranch style home in central Illinois with some fixer-upper potential.  One of the rooms they plan to renovate is their blue AND pink tile bathroom...
BUT- they aren't looking to do a full on gut job just yet.  They plan on waiting until later next year to tackle this big project- which is where my little design challenge came into play.

 Chrissy asked if I had any low cost DIY/ decorating ideas to freshen up their bathroom as it is today.  The big challenge is that the bathroom flows from pink tile into blue tile, which makes the decorating part pretty tricky!  However I accepted Chrissy's challenge and pulled together some ideas. So Chrissy, I hope you are happy with what I brought together (I'm nervous!), but here we go! 

Now since I can't change the tile, the best easy/ low cost change would be to...

Aside from those DIY type updates, the bathroom totally needs some decorative textiles to help blend the blue and pink spaces together.  Right now those spaces feel totally disconnected and some carefully coordinated textiles will help the bathroom feel like one cohesive space.  Here's what I'm thinking it needs....

 I started with that Multi-Colored shower curtain because it felt like it could blend in their space, the pink or the blue.  I also loved that the design had some darker rosey pink and darker teal blues in it, which are both a shade or two darker than the tile shades.  So, I picked some rosey pink/white patterned towels that coordinated into both spaces. Then I added a white/aqua stripe rug and aqua blue storage jars to blend some of the blue tones into the pink space.  I might sound a bit crazy, but once I pulled that visual together I was seeing that fresher look!

Now for the cabinets & lighting, I thought this visual from Pottery Barn's "Design Your Own Bathroom" page might help.  Sanding and painting the cabinets white and adding new hardware is a pretty simple and low cost update that can be done over a weekend.

I thought the existing mirror in front of the sink could remain since it is in good shape & fills the space nicely.  Then, just remove current light fixtures and add in two scones on either side.  I also liked the idea of using wall hooks instead of a towel bar/ ring, just a little more decorative but still purposeful (hooks & light sconces shown in previous photo)!

In a nutshell that is how I would update the bathroom as it sits today and the total cost would be under $150.00... and you would have some nice new plush bath towels!  Love that part :)

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So, I hope some of my ideas or finds help you out a little bit Chrissy! Thank you so much for the opportunity to 'play' decorate your bathroom! And as promised, here are some dreamy ideas for the future once you are ready for that BIG redo :)


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What other advice or ideas do you have for Chrissy's bathroom?
I'm sure she would love any extra feedback, comment away!