There’s always something we all wish we could change in our house – i.e. carpet, cabinet color, tile backsplash, etc.  Mine is this yellow & brown (just…why?) bathroom.  Whether it’s too expensive to change right now or you simply have no choice b/c you rent, you’re stuck with making it work.  My husband & I have rented numerous places & have lived w/many interesting finishing throughout the years.  We are still renting & thus, stuck w/these yellow countertops.  Here’s some tips on how to embrace the ugly & turn it into livable space…

1 – Accept the unchangeable

No house is perfect.  And most people aren’t endlessly rich to make it perfect.  So why spend energy being annoyed at something you can’t change?  I have to admit, when we first moved in I could not get over the yellow (did I mention it’s one of my least favorite colors?) – but I realized if I didn’t, I’d have one heck of a time living here running to the bathroom every hour since I’m expecting.  So I decided to accept yellow & brown as the theme & go from there!  Here’s the BEFORE:


2 – Bring in an eye-catching element

By itself, an “eyesore” immediately demands attention from a room.  Find something beautiful that ties into this sore, but demands its OWN attention & creates distraction & a new focal point.  For me, I chose a shower curtain that had yellow in it, but is very busy & introduces another bold pop of color.  Now, the eye goes straight to the curtain & the counters are the accent.


3 – Accessorize to match

Decorate & complement the eyesore you don’t like, as if you picked it out yourself.  Create a room around it & you may surprise yourself that the end result isn’t so bad.  For example, since I can’t change the brown, I brought in more brown to balance the room!  Then I tied the room together w/accessories that matched other colors in the curtain.




Even though I would have never chosen yellow & brown (especially for a bathroom), I actually like this room now!  So in the end, I surprised myself & am a believer in making anything work into a design.  Do you have any eyesores you embraced?  Please comment below!

Shower curtain from Bed Bath & Beyond | Rugs from Target here & here | Bath towel from Bed Bath & Beyond |  Ladder from thrift store; similar from Amazon here & here

❤ Rebecca

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