The Ugliest Rooms in America
From the florescently painted to the drably decorated to the weirdly patterned, Sears is looking for a winner in their Ugliest Room Contest. Here's a sneak peek at some of the entries
Sears is bravely going where no home improvement store has gone before—to the florescently painted, the drably decorated and the weirdly patterned—all in the hopes of finding a winner to their Ugliest Room Makeover Contest. They need your vote. The winner gets a full room makeover—up to a $3500 value—plus a $500 gift card. And they get to pick a local charity to receive another $1000 donation.
In the meantime, we thought we'd show you how ugly things can get. Sit back and grab some popcorn as TOH has some fun with some of the entries.
A note on sponge paint: Do not use shades of brown against a white background unless you want to give the impression that your un-potty-trained nephew made an art project out of your walls.
Flowers and polka dots and stripes, oh my! Just in case your pre-teen isn't crazy enough—a psychedelic bedroom with myriad colors and patterns topped off with a trippy Alice and Wonderland poster should do the trick. Ritalin, anyone?
Word to the wise: when your roll of paper towels is the most attractive thing in your kitchen, it may be time for a remodel. (That's if the forty-year-old wallpaper and crusty cabinets don't tip you off first).
Unless you have a rare condition that requires your retinas to be stimulated at all hours, there is no conceivable excuse for neon bedroom walls. Like things that glow in the dark? Spring for a black light, for crying out loud.
First mistake: choosing pink wall tile. Second mistake: choosing a different non-matching pink floor tile. Two wrongs don't make a right, people. In this case, two wrongs resulted in a serious Pepto Bismol overload—easy on the stomach, not so easy on the eyes.
I can just imagine the conversation:
Person A: "How can we spruce up our bathroom's dingy mauve floor tile and tub?"
Person B: "Why, paint the walls a zesty robin's egg blue of course!"
Person A: "Brilliant!"
In fact, in this case, it's downright sad. Even the most devout minimalists would approve of a finished floor and some wall paint. Heck, you could even spring for a pillow or two—we're not judging.
The next time you are considering a buttercream/seafoam/evergreen color scheme, remember this frightening image and step away from the swatches, or the next thing you know, you'll be buying a faux gold-framed octagonal mirror. It's a slippery slope, folks.
Now, here's a condundrum. At first glance, you see an unfinished room. But look a little closer and you see...a cat poster. We don't know about you, but we usually install the door, maybe some lighting fixtures, and we don't know—the walls before we hang up our cat posters. But that's just us.
First things first: Any fabric that could have been used in the early '90s to fashion a pair of "Hammer pants" should not be draped from your curtain rods. Second...well...we don't know; we can't really see anything except those curtains.
Don't know what to expect when you're expecting? Then just pick yellow! Halfsies ain't doing anybody any favors.
If you are the owners of the longest, darkest kitchen ever in the world, do not paint it a dark blood red unless you are trying to evoke notions of "The Shining." Midnight snackers beware.
Green counters are kind of like a Meg Ryan shag—hard to pull off. Leave the green-hued accents to the pros and concentrate on getting your dishwasher out of the middle of the kitchen.
What's the best way to make thousands of TOH readers dizzy? Go to your kitchen and paint stripes on the walls and checkers on the floor. Then take a picture of it with a crazy fun-house lens and enter the Sears Ugliest Room Contest. Done and done.
Haven't you always wondered what a Brady Bunch-meets-M*A*S*H-themed bathroom would look like? No? Weird.
Wood cabinets. Wood paneled walls. Faux wood laminate countertops. Here at TOH, we love wood just as much as the next homeowner, but this is a little much—even for us.
Nothing says modern romance like deep pink wallpaper and a mirrored headboard reminiscent of your grandmother's china cabinet. Anyone for a game of gin rummy?