I wish I had a little taped promo for this post like they have on Saturday Night Live.
Something kind of like this…. Reeeeder questionnnnnns. Reeeeeeeder questionnnnnns. ReeEEEeeeEEEEr quuuuuuestions.
(so close but no cigar)
Maybe I just need choreography to go along with it. 🙂
Seriously….one of my favorite parts of writing a blog is the reader question. Usually I e-mail an answer back…but today I thought I’d try something a little different and answer a reader question here on the blog in case any of you had a similar room dilemma. So here goes. 🙂
A while back I got an e-mail from a reader that went a little something like this:
“I hope you can help me! I’m really stuck when it comes to my master bedroom project.
We have an older ranch style home that we’ve been working on for years. Recently we finished our small master bath, and it is time to move on to the master bedroom….but, I am stuck. 🙁 The bathroom features octagonal white floor tiles, a white ruffled shower curtain, a galvanized barn light, a diy concrete countertop and touches of barn wood. The bedroom needs to flow from this room seamlessly. I love farm house style, but I do not love shabby chic. I love some cottage elements, but not to the extreme. I love industrial, rustic, northwest, and french styles, but I can’t even pick a paint color!! Currently, our room is a blank slate. When I think I have found a paint color, I back off and think I should go with BM Simply White. (Our bed is made of a dark wood.) I want a chandelier of some sort above the bed, but what style? I love white bedding, but would also love to incorporate some gray. I love layering and natural elements. I have to work with what I’ve got, which unfortunately includes average height ceilings and beige carpeting, boo!
I dream of this decorating dilemma at night. I need to make some sort of progress before I drive myself and my husband mad! 🙂
Thank you so much!
So here’s the room….and it’s perfect.
A blank slate.
And the best part?
There’s an amazing wood wall on the other side of the room.
It’s the perfect aged accent for a not-shabby-chic-farmhouse-style-with-not-extreme-cottage elements-sprinkled-with-industrial-rustic-northwest-and-french-style.
Whenever I start planning a room….I always begin with fabric. And here’s the fabric board I put together for the room. I chose a pattern for the pillows and a complimentary stripe and chevron for the upholstery. The bird fabric will be perfect for the curtains. You can find all these fabric over at onlinefabricstore.
I chose almost an aqua blue and khaki and brown and gray palette. These fabrics help to marry the dark wood on the existing bed frame and add a lighter pop of color to the room.
Here’s a rough sketch of what the bird fabric would look like on the wall across from the wood wall. I would hang the curtains on individual rods (see the curtain rod project…here) for an inexpensive window treatment option. Treat the window like it’s full-size and maximize the impact by hanging the curtains as far outside the window as possible.
Having an accent on each wall helps to balance out the room and wraps it in warmth. I also added the table under the window to off-set the height of the window.
I love the Sherwin-Williams color SW Wool Skein for the walls.
You can also paint any accent furniture or pieces with Sherwin Williams SW 7015.
It’s a great complimentary color to the Wool Skein.
It’s a little more gray than it looks like in this picture.
I love the mix of industrial and rustic with a hint of glam on the side tables.
I would also incorporate the reclaimed wood into a large sign on the wall. You could incorporate a scripture or quote that you love or even the words from a favorite song.
Here’s a couple of suggestions in the lighting department depending on the direction of the room.
You could also add patterned lampshades in a stripe or simple burlap pattern for more texture.
And (of course) a few more DIY projects for the road:
1. You could always build your own table under the window if you want a different look. Find antique pedestals and simply add a top and bottom to create a unique one-of-a-kind table.
2. You could use fence post finials at the end of the curtain rods if the curtain rods look too a little too cottagy.
3. Frame architectural pieces on a reclaimed wood background for artwork for the room.
Thanks friends for listening. I love how it all came together.
And not-shabby-chic-farmhouse-style-with-not-extreme-cottage elements-sprinkled-with-industrial-rustic-northwest-and-french-style.
My new favorite decorating style. 🙂
PS I can’t wait to meet everyone who e-mailed me at the sale!
And you can buy tickets at the door. If you don’t have plans for Thursday evening….I’d love to have you join us on our shopping trip. 🙂