Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My problem area

I've been so close to finishing my bathroom for months, but I just can't get there.

My issue? This wall:

Oh, the wall. The wall that drives me crazy.

This area is a bit of a challenge for me. It's in our home's only main floor bathroom, which is quite small. (Like my master bedroom -- noticing a trend?) The walls are full except for this one space, which looks like a gaping hole in the decor by comparison.

I'd like to hang something above the toilet while still breaking up the solid line of similarly-sized structures that wrap around the room's two main walls, as you can see below (the problem area above the toilet that I'm referring to is on the right-hand side of the photo):

(By the way, who builds a house with the bathroom window looking out over the front porch?)

Because of this series of big rectangles, I'm trying to avoid any rectangular print, or groups of prints that form that approximate shape. I think it would look much too similar and I'd prefer a bit more contrast and variation.

Finally, to top off the room's challenges, I can't even put anything cute on top of the toilet to break up the space. The top of our tank is already spoken for:

So I'm trying to get creative! Here's a couple of ideas that have come to mind:

  I like that these small Wallflowers by Umbra fill the space without being heavy.

Or maybe a collection of small frames in an interesting arrangement? Again, I like that they're small so they don't mimic the proportions of the mirror, window, and built-in nook.

Perhaps I am overthinking things (again) and a single non-rectangular print would look nice in the space:

I'm determined to figure this one out without losing too much sleep. What do you think?


  1. I like the small grouping of frames.

  2. I like the idea of one picture. The shelf next to it already has little cute stuff in it, putting small pictures might compete with that. What about a long rectangular subway art type picture? Something that would start at the top of the arch of the shelf and almost go down to the toilet? Good luck, I hope you find a solution you are happy with.

  3. Stephanie, I actually first considered putting a subway art-style picture up there, but it looked like so much work and I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on one, that I sort of chickened out. It's one of the very first "blogland" projects I saved though. I'm just worried that I will have these two walls of big rectangles, and a shower curtain. I wish the silly window wasn't there ;)

  4. I think an iron wall hanging would look great. Something like this http://www.lnt.com/show_product/654173-9/?utm_source=pricegrabber&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=654173-9 It would break up the space and you can find them pretty much anywhere. Check Micheal's and Joann's and use a coupon.

  5. My vote is that whatever it is not just fill the vertical space above the toilet, but branch out to the left some as well. What about one of those chair rail shelves (you know, they're only about 2 inches wide) with a big print leaning on the wall- gets you a bit of dimension as well.--Adrienne

  6. Ok so here is my two cents. I like idea of a metal works but why don't you do something more organic spray painted too look like metal. Ie tree branches, those spiral branches, or bamboo. Make it kinda sprig like but tie it off with a sparkly garland. I can picture it in my head and I promise no 80's look :) my other thought is why just limit it for one look why don't you do a seasonal look. Pine tree branches, willow budding branches, fall colored branches etc. :)

  7. I like the small grouping of frames!

  8. Hmm... Teri I think you're on to something -- your comment gave me an idea and I chatted with my uber-smart sister and now I've got a project!

  9. I have that same problem going on with our staircase from our "garage"- really an oversized carport. I've been looking at getting a wall decal and there are some interesting ones at this site you might like?
    www.roommatespeelandstick.com theres trees/grasses/florals that might look cool.

  10. sorry told you wrong site- this is the one that you want to check out:

  11. i vote iron work..it fills the space but doesnt close you in because it is dimensional

  12. Anna I am so excited! I know you will post pics when you are done and I can't wait to see them!

  13. Here's my two cents even though this subject is about a year-and-a-half old and you've probably already done what you wanted to do. I love the idea of a graphic, in-your-face mural for this whole wall...something natural, like:


    I love that site and will be using them for my own little experiment.



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