The Bland Bathroom Makeover + A Giveaway!

And yet again, it’s Friday.

We recently moved into a house that’s closer to my husband’s job. We’re still renting, but this time we are renting from homeowners instead of a rental company.

Let me tell you, there is a big difference.
Fixtures are nicer, there are different colors of paint on the walls, and the place is just in better shape than our last place.
Surprisingly, almost all of the paint colors have worked perfectly with our furniture. There isn’t a single room in the house that needs†to be painted…except for our guest bathroom.†

It’s bland. It’s a sandy beige that just doesn’t add any interest to the bathroom. The floor is tiled in creamy golden hues and the walls just don’t flow well.

And the bathroom accessories we brought from our old place do not work with the color on the walls either.

See what I mean?†

I’m already working with two grey areas–one is my office, and the hallway is a dusty blue-grey–so I think I can really go for a brighter color in this bathroom since all the surrounding spaces are semi-neutral. But there is a fine line between too bright and just bright enough.†

I also want to find a loud shower curtain to add some “art” to the bathroom. The current shower curtain is great for simplicity but pretty boring.

For help, I’m using Sherwin-Williams’s really cool Chip It! tool. Check it out!

This was created for people like me, who are visual but need a little guidance in the “choosing the correct paint color” department.
Chip It! is a resource that automatically creates coordinating colors based on the colors in a photo. All you need to do is install it on your toolbar (just like you would get the Pin It button for Pinterest), and you can chip any photo online.
It basically does the work for you.
No more guessing whether that green is warm enough or too minty. Chip It! will decide on the correct color for you. †Drag the Chip It! button below to your toolbar so you can start using it too!†

Chip It!

I’m leaning toward a sunny yellow in the bathroom, so I found a few photos that include the color that I’m drawn to.†

(source: my own photo)

I like the brightness of the flower on the right but also the deeper yellow on the sunflower.

I’m also considering this shower curtain from Target, so I went ahead and “chipped” it so I can see the colors that will coordinate!


All I did was click the “Chip It!” button on my toolbar, hover over the photo of the shower curtain, click “Chip It!” and it shows me the chips.†
I love the color Bee†in the left column, although I need to make sure it’s not too bright. I like Tibetan Sky too! It’s a pretty icy blue.†

So while there are still choices to be made about the color, at least the Chip It! tool narrowed it down to a smaller number to choose from. I promise it saved me hours and hours of work!

If you are working on a home project, or if you just want to see what chips Sherwin-Williams comes up with based on a photo, be sure to check out the Chip It! tool. There’s a short video instructing you how to use it and how to install the Chip It! button to your bookmarks bar.†

Would you like to be eligible to win a†$1,000 Visa gift card and a $200 Sherwin-Williams gift card?
Chip the image of the flowers and then guess which palette is my favorite–that one or the one for the Target shower curtain.

No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
Entries from all participating blogs will be pooled for winner selection; only two entries per household.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from†6/18/2012 to 7/6/2012.
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