A few months ago I told you the master bedroom and front porch were moving to the top of the priority list. And they did. But that list didn't budge. We've been too busy enjoying summer, traveling, and attending weddings. There's something about fall and back to school that has me refocusing on projects and to-do lists. I warmed up with re-organizing the laundry/utility room, and now I am ready to focus on the master. I've been storming Pinterest and my favorite design blogs for inspiration. I've tried to Pin every room I'm drawn to and find some similarities. I also find myself wanting to dive into every room that Emily Henderson is any part of. Seriously, please transplant me to any room she designs.
You can check out the rooms I found inspirational, here. And please, check out Emily's work while you're at it.
There have been legal issues with using photos that are not your own in the blog world without permission, even when acknowledgements are made, so I've refrained from sharing the actual images here. I hope you understand! (I've had no issues, personally, but I try to be a rule follower)
So what's the theme in all my inspiration photos? Neutral, bright walls and pops of color. We already have white walls in the bedroom; I knew I wanted a white room from the beginning. The floor is a beige carpet and our bed is linen with nickel nailhead trim. Our larger pieces of furniture are white and walnut wood tones. I also have the Ikea Rast nightstands painted in white. And as you can see, our bedding is white. I think it's safe to say we have a neutral start. The room looks exactly as it did when I shared it with you several months ago, here.
So now that I have the neutral start, I need to figure out what those pops of color are going to be. I recently read an article about creating cohesion in the home using color. Using a consistent color throughout your home, whether it be a small accessory or a statement piece, helps create cohesion in the home. If this can't be white, it's definitely a shade of teal in our home. We already use a few shades of teal in our finished rooms. I've got some ideas of how to incorporate it in our bedroom. Possibly painting the nightstands a bold teal, and replacing the window panels with something more neutral with a pops of color. We're definitely doing a gallery wall and will incorporate art and prints with shades of teal.
I made a trip to Joann Fabrics yesterday to pick up some supplies and color inspiration.
I've been thinking a lot about how I want our bedroom to feel lately.
Bright, happy, and sentimental/romantic.
I want to feel love in the room. I don't think romantic rooms necessarily need to be moody and sexy. I think they can be bright and happy too. Last night I sat down with a set of colored pencils to try to come up with a color palette. I'd like to try to stick with some combination of this palette throughout our home. Here's what I came up with:
I'm sorry the lighting is bad, it was late and I had no natural light.
I'm also no color name expert. When I looked up what I thought these colors were on Pantone's site (after I named them) I came up with blue jewel, twilight blue, poppy red, pink u, and cadmium green. To complement these I'd like to have grey, warm wood tones, mixed metals, and of course white.
I think I can create a bright, happy room what exudes love with the right mix of these colors and furniture and accessories. Since I had the pencils out I decided to try to sketch my idea for the room so I can see it all together. I've had a hard time pulling the trigger on anything because I am having a hard time envisioning it all coming together. My sketching skills are poor, but I think I (kind of) achieved what I was aiming for....
Picture a colorful gallery wall to the left, and possibly a fun, colorful throw for the bed too. I think these changes will work and create the vibe I'm going for here. Now I just need to find the right shade of blue for the nightstands and get moving on painting/sewing/hanging. It will always be a work in progress, but I'll be much happier with an updated room. Stay tuned!
Wow, that was a rambling post, but that's how my thoughts go these days. Hopefully we'll start to see some order as the ideas come to fruition.