No, don’t worry. I’m not going to humor you with crude potty jokes. (Although, in real life, I’ll do it). Don’t let the “public toilet” in the header freak you out. I just want to point out how it’s funny sometimes that decorating inspiration can strike in the oddest places.
Like public toilets.
That’s what happened to me last week at Disney World. While at Epcot, to be exact. I walked into this public toilet and this is what I saw stuck to the walls:
–the most unusual, pretty, decorative tiles I’ve ever seen!
Okay, before I go on…..VOTE: Do you love it, or hate it??
Anyhow, I thought it was the coolest turquoise, green, and blue tile, in a funky shape, that left me scrambling for my phone to snap a pic before anyone wondered why in the heck I was talking pics of a wall in a public toilet. LOL
My friend looked at me like I had breathed in too much bathroom fumes or something. She thought it was ugly and couldn’t see the inspiration.
Me, however– I was inspired!
The color combo of dark blues with turquoise (my favorite color!) and mint green inspired me to try my hand at painting a piece of furniture in that color palette (or decorating a room in that palette!).
And what about that tile shape? How cool would it be to mimic this pattern on a wall in your family room? Or maybe like on my basement floor (that I never finished from 2 years ago, but I digress…….).
Design Inspiration is EVERY.WHERE. (Even in a Public Toilet)
This isn’t the first time I’ve walked into a public toilet and was inspired. Maybe I’m weird like that.
A few months ago, I hit up a Happy Hour with some coworkers at this awesome Latin and rum bar restaurant a block from my job. I couldn’t believe how chic the bathroom was. Yet another friend just shook her head at me, like I had lost my marbles (seriously, my friends do NOT share my decorating taste or excitement for random bathrooms, do they??). But how often do you walk into a public toilet and see awesomely patterned tile like this, with black walls, and a tin ceiling?!
In fact, I don’t think I have ever been in a black room. EVER. But after seeing this bathroom, I would be brave enough to give it a whirl in a powder room, wouldn’t you?
Take a look at that tile up close. After seeing the pattern, I went to Home Depot and bought some cheapie 40-cent ceramic tiles, and with a black Sharpie, did a little mock-up of this pattern. It was super easy! I’m thinking of tiling a table or desk top….Hmmmmm……
Don’t be surprised if you see it on an upcoming project of mine….Just sayin’.
Here’s a closer look. Doesn’t it look like Sharpie art?? Imagine what designs you could do now that you know you can make Sharpie art on cheap white tiles 🙂
Ahhh…..that ceiling….I really think I am going to have to consider this. Have you ever seen ceilings like this? And if so, what room would you be willing to try it in? (Crappy camera phone pic–sorry!). The door is pretty fabulous and retro, which I love!
When you come outside of the bathroom of this restaurant, the rest of the restaurant is pretty awesome, too. Like this whole wall of Latin-ish tile. I wish Home Depot sold tile like this….
So All this funky tile just inspired me at this very moment to do a search for “decorative wall tile” and guess what pops up on OverStock.com?
Can you say LOVVVVEEE??
Although I don’t think I could swing the loot for tiles like this (right now), what about making a stencil of this shape and doing my own Morocco tile, maybe in my laundry room (that still dons wallpaper)?
These smaller Morocco tiles are pretty awesome, too! What about a white wall with black lines to mimic grout lines? Hmmm…..
So all I’m saying is that inspiration is all around us. Sometimes it’s in a public bathroom, and other times, it’s Pottery Barn. Just keep your eyes open, and don’t be afraid to whip out your phone in a public toilet and start snapping away in a frenzy. ;).
What do you think? Have you ever found inspiration in odd places like a public toilets or random restaurants? Don’t be ashamed…You can leave an anonymous comment 😉