Half Bath Decorating Ideas: Accent Wall and Accessories That Pop

Erin Brown

Article Posted By: Erin Brown

of Brains of the Outfit

Half Bath Decorating Ideas: A Bathroom update with a new mirror and a fresh coat of paint

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Blogger and fashion consultant Erin Whitlock Brown applied her talents to correcting a rare color misstep she had made in her half bath. She shows us how a coat of paint in the right shade of green, and a few other simple tweaks, transformed the room into a place she’s now proud to show guests– including her mother.

Read on for Erin’s easy and inexpensive half bath decorating ideas.

In 2008, when I bought my condo I had dreams of turning the ugly builder’s grade white walls in every room of my house into an oasis of color worthy of Pinterest. My first job: the downstairs half bath.

It was a spur of the moment DIY project that went terribly wrong. Originally, my plan was to find a great shade of chartreuse to liven up this minuscule space. I trekked to The Home Depot, purchased my paints and tools and felt super excited to start my first decorating project in my new home.

Sadly, I ended up with something that looked like the equivalent of baby poo smeared on the walls (TMI?). And not to mention, sheer laziness (and defeat) kept me from actually finishing up the project and painting those hard-to-reach places like the back of the toilet, pedestal sink and cleaning up the ceiling.

Half Bath Decorating Ideas: The unfortunate choice of green in Erin's half bath before the makeover

Half Bath Decorating Ideas: The lighting in Erin's half bath before the makeover

Half Bath Decorating Ideas: The art in Erin's half bath before the makeover

And the saddest part is, I’ve lived with this half bath horror for five years! It’s survived dinner parties, the occasional weekend house guest, and my mother (yikes), who in her ever-so-loving way consistently nudged me to get it in gear and finally finish what I’d started so many years before. So, of course, when The Home Depot came a’calling with this Style Challenge, I quickly and eagerly jumped at the opportunity.

The first goal was to find a color scheme that would work in this small space.

I enlisted help from my ever-so-stylish friend Myka to help me come up with a look. We tested out three shades of green, as that is my all-time favorite color, and a cleaner white-ish tint for the other three walls. We finally decided on Behr’s Thyme Green for an accent wall behind the toilet, and Behr’s Cotton Fluff for the other three walls, both in a semi-gloss finish.

Painting supplies for a half bath makeover

Half Bath Decorating Ideas: Painting the half bath

Painting an accent wall in a half bath makeover

We also replaced the odd-shaped bathroom mirror with one from Home Decorators Collection. The new mirror is both modern and oversized enough to pull the space together as a focal point!

Drilling hole for mirror in a half bath makeover

Hanging a new mirror in a half bath makeover

Next, it was time to add all the swag!

Half Bath Decorating Ideas: New art on a green accent wall

Half Bath Decorating Ideas: New brass towel holder

Half Bath Decorating Ideas: Hanging a colorful new print next to the mirror

Bathroom accessories on a sink after a half bath makeover

New rug next to a pedestal sink after a half bath makeover

So what do you think? Definitely more modern, right?

I love the clean color palette and the small pops of green, gold, reds and blues that my accessories give off! The accent wall gives the room a bit of depth, which is really important for small spaces.

I had a great time redoing this bathroom and will actually enjoy showing it off now!

Erin is a fashion and social media consultant in Atlanta. She blogs about fashion, beauty and how to look like a million bucks on a budget at Brains of the Outfit. For more painting and decorating ideas, see other Style Challenge articles here on the Apron blog, and follow our All About Paint board on Pinterest.Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Erin received a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Erin expressed are her own.