The Moody Blues

As we inch toward a completed bathroom, I’m planning the finishing touches.  Finding a clearance shower curtain changed my whole vision, in a good way.

1.  Originally, I thought we’d use a bluish-green paint color (like Dragonfly) for the vanity, but I remembered I had a blue shower curtain (number 10) and I switched gears.  Now I’m considering using Chicago Blues on the leggy vanity and Stone White for the upper part of the walls.  Admittedly, the blue looks crazy on a flat surface in bright light, but in the dark bathroom, on the vertical surfaces of the vanity, it reads more as a navy blue.  While navy blues look black.

2.  Warm gray one foot by two foot tiles with pearl gray grout on the floor should help the floors look cleaner.

3.  For a cohesive look, we used the same tiles in a lighter color for the shower surround, taking it up to the ceiling.  We’ll add white grout for a seamless look.

4.  Cleaning sinks isn’t my favorite task, so we chose a streamlined porcelain sink and sleek chrome faucet.  The eight inch wide-spread faucet makes cleaning between the handles easy, too.

5.  Two industrial style pendants hang over the vanity, adding much-needed light and allow a wider mirror.

6.  Because we liked the sink faucet, we chose a matching tub faucet.

7.  The great toilet paper debate doesn’t have to happen with this simple holder, placed vertically.

8.  In our last house, we used towel bars to hang our wet towels.  Folding the towels to look pretty didn’t allow proper drying, so we’re skipping the bars and using double hooks instead.  Medium gray towels are perfect for daily use and a coral ribbon loop adds color and prevents the towels from falling off the hook.

9.  Lacking drawers in the vanity means we need a practical storage solution for our toiletries.  This lazy Susan utensil caddy should do the trick, while bringing in a pop of our accent color, coral.

10.  Bring on the coral accents.  A plastic cup is great for the boys.

11.  This is the shower curtain that started it all.  Actually, we used it as a tablecloth for Thanksgiving, will add pattern and color.

12.  Monograms and pretty blue, sign me up.  These little trays are on clearance, so get one while you can.

I’m still figuring out artwork and I’m sure plans will change over time.  Maybe a few gold accents will find their way into the room?  This is a departure from our favorite blue and green combo, but I like where we’re headed.  Coral doesn’t pop up all over our house, so it’s a fun accent color and balances the boyish blue.

Have you been working on a mood board lately?  Figuring out the finishing touches for a room?  Have you ever used a clearance item as your inspiration?  Or switched plans half way through?

11 thoughts on “The Moody Blues

  1. I am redoing our kitchen and I want to make a board like that. How did you do it? Is there a program that can make one? Thank you! (I picked the same pendant for our home, too!)

    1. Hi Karen,

      I use Photoshop, but if you don’t have that, check out Olioboard. It’s super easy to use. You can use images from the internet or upload your own of items you already have. Love these pendants! 🙂


    1. Good luck, Karen! We had a great time working on our kitchen. I’ll stop in to see your progress. 🙂


  2. Your color combinations are great and I am in LOVE with your shower curtain! I can’t wait to see it all put together 🙂 You inspired me to actually make a mood board instead of just randomly picking out a bunch of items I like and hoping they all go! Plus it just looks fun to make 🙂

    1. Hi Heather!

      Thanks! I couldn’t resist it at $3.74. Mood boards are fun to make, and if you’re wanting to make one, check out Olioboard.


      1. Oh wow – that is an amazing deal! I don’t blame you for picking it up! It looked great as a table cloth as well, had to check that out after you mentioned it.

        I can’t wait to get started on one for my office. Its a total work in progress and with our housewarming party next month, I gotta knock that out before then! Mood boards here I come!

  3. Thanks for the tip about Olioboard! I was about to ask you too how you do it–I was thinking I could put one together using powerpoint (my pathetic attempt to MacGuvyer design projects!), but it’s nice to know how to do it the real way!

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