Crossing Disciplines

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Posted by Rebecca, September 14th, 2011

You already know that we unexpectedly painted our powder room a bold charcoal gray. I knew I wanted some bright white floating shelves, so we picked up some inexpensive ones from Target and we’re currently in the midst of hanging them.


Since the gray was a complete compulsive move, I didn’t have much else planned. The room is dark and needs pops of white (which we plan to add more of with the shelves, frames and some crown molding), but I also feel like it needs a fun accent color.

My initial instinct was to go yellow. Gray and yellow are about as hot as brown and blue were 5 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I like the combo and I’m planning to add some yellow to our living/dining rooms, but it seemed a little not me. I’m just not a warm color person and for the amount of bold I want in this bathroom, it would be a little too much yellow for me. Maybe elsewhere yellow, maybe elsewhere.

Last week, I realized how much charcoal colored clothing I own. It has become my standard neutral over the past year or so. You already know about my sweats and flip flops, but I also have a few other pieces, such as my sneakers (from Target)…

A scarf (also from Target)…

A dress (from Loft)…


As well as a pair of cargo pants and numerous shirts.

As I got dressed one morning last week, I started to browse my color-coded shirt selections for something to go with my sneakers and scarf (please excuse the iPhone quality on this one)


I then remembered this outfit I have pinned on Pinterest and have always loved for the aqua scarf and gray tank.

(via Polyvore on Pinterest)

Does Pinterest make anyone else think outside of their normal wardrobe? I’m suddenly more bold in my clothing choices. Such an unexpected perk of joining that site 🙂

So I went for a pale blue shirt to go with my gray scarf.


Then a little light went off in my head. Why don’t I use my Pinterest outfit to inspire my bathroom?

I love the aqua and gray and I even love my take of the light blue and gray, though this other shirt I have is probably more accurate to the Pinterest scarf. 

It has more of a minty green tone to it compared to the light blue shirt, though it’s subtle. 


And so that’s how it began. I figured going with a refreshing, but bright blue tone would incorporate the powder room into the color scheme of the remainder of the house. Otherwise it would scream “hey I’m completely bold and randomly dropped here!”, but I believe it will still be way more dramatic than the rest of the downstairs rooms.I attempted to buy a mirror and some paint this past weekend, but Lowe’s was out of what I had in mind. Hopefully the upcoming weekend will be good to me and I can put this little vision of mine together and show you what I have planned 🙂 

ps- I inititally planned to photograph myself in all of these outfits while standing in the bathroom for some comedic effect, but the thought of changing all of those times before it gets dark out in 20 minutes was just draining. If anyone else would like to stand in their bathroom, in outfits that match their walls, please do so for my entertainment 🙂 And if you’ve ever decided on a color palette while standing in your closet, please share that too!

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8 Responses to “Crossing Disciplines”

  1. Catherine says:

    I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. I love the dark color a lot!!

  2. Jenn says:

    I so will 🙂

  3. Cait @ Hernando House says:

    Oh a bathroom fashion show would have been fun!

    I love the idea of blue in your bathroom! Looking forward to seeing how it comes together!

  4. I like to call all of this grey closeted phenomenon the groutfit. a.k.a. the grey-outfit. P.s. maybe some coral in this room? I do like that aqua business though!

  5. Coordinating a room based off an outfit is such a smart idea! I think the blue and grey will work perfect (I’m actually in the midst of creating a yellow/grey mood board for our living room so I am clearly a fan of grey, too).

  6. Robin says:

    I love love love bright yellow and any muted color, gray, tan, etc. I say go to Target and buy two yellow hand towels ad try it out (or use this method to try out any color), that is what, maaaaybe $10? See if you like it, if you don’t, you’ve got two new rags for staining.

    To bad they still don’t make colored toilet paper. You could have added color that way. I was reminded of that from an old Seinfeld I just saw:

    George: We discussed toilet paper.
    Jerry: Toilet paper?
    George: Yeah, I told her how toilet paper hasn’t changed in my lifetime, and probably wouldn’t change in the next fifty thousand years and she was fascinated, fascinated!
    Jerry: What are you talking about?
    Elaine: Yeah.
    Jerry: Toilet paper’s changed.
    Elaine: Yeah.
    Jerry: It’s softer.
    Elaine: Softer.
    Jerry: More sheets per roll
    Elaine: Sheets.
    Jerry: Comes in a wide variety of colors.
    Elaine: Colors.
    George: Ok, ok, fine! It’s changed, it’s not really the point. Anyway, I’m
    thinking of making a big move.

  7. Kate says:

    Oh I like it! It’s going to look great.

  8. So bold to go charcoal gray in that bathroom and I have a feeling it is going to pay off major! Gray and yellow are the obvious choice, but I LOVE gray and blues and grays and greens. Even gray and purple…..but now I am describing my home. Can’t wait to see!

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