Last week, I shared that our master bedroom was not quite finished and I was mulling over some ideas for how to take this beautiful room and push it over the edge. I received so many wonderful ideas, thoughts, and suggestions on that post, so thank you for that. As I read your comments and thought through the possibilities, I settled on a few options that could work and I thought I would share them.
As a refresher, here is how the room currently looks…
A few of you mentioned the desk and, in my last post, I failed to say that this is on the list of things to remove from the space. I just haven’t found the perfect thing to replace it, so it’ll hang out there until I do. At that time, I’ll move it into the sewing room to use as a sewing desk. It’ll provide more storage than the one I’m currently using.
Here are some of the options that are under serious consideration…
adding more color
I do loft the soft, monochromatic color palette, but it’s looking a little bland in this room. I’m thinking it would benefit from having a few pops of color, so I pulled a few raspberry and indigo textiles out of my stash to see how they would work. It would definitely add some pop! I would add the color in accents, so it could easily be changed or removed down the road if I wanted to go in a different direction.
This option would involve lots of sewing and maybe purchasing some yardage, but it wouldn’t be an expensive option.
I’ve also looked at some other French General fabrics that could coordinate with Aviary Toile.
adding a cornice over the bed
While I was at the grocery store this weekend, I picked up the latest issue of Country French magazine and I stopped in my tracks when I landed on this page. A cornice like that would work nicely with the shape of my bed. I think it would be possible to make one out of wood and paint it in a trompe l’oeil pattern, so it looks like it has a carved relief.
I also really like the small shadowboxes arranged in an arch over the bed and might try a similar look. I could use the blue & white Aviary Toile fabric as panels.
This one would involve quite a bit of time, some money for the wood and some additional fabric, but it’s still a viable option. My hesitation on this one is the headboard is closer to the ceiling in my room and it might look short and wide, if you know what I mean.
add a statement rug
I have this beautiful antique rug in our master bathroom and I wish I could just blow it up to 10 x 14 and move it into the bedroom. The colors are perfect and I think it would add a powerful punch.
Unfortunately, I can’t stretch the rug out. Buying a large wool rug like this is $2,000-3,000 based on my searches, so it’s a spendy option and one I would have to save up for. (And decide if that rug is a higher priority than other projects on our list and the answer to that is probably no.)
painting a mural behind the bed wall
I’ve considered this, but would it be overusing the same trick? The nice thing about this option is it’s free and very high impact. If I did paint a mural behind the bed, I would try for a different style and palette. I’m not sure what that would be, yet! I would have to sketch out some ideas and hunt for inspiration. It’s a possibility, though.
starched fabric wall
I could starch some of the Aviary Toile above the chair rail (that I’ll install), just on the bed wall. I did that in my last house and I know it’s high impact, but this wall is much bigger and I haven’t been able to find the Aviary Toile on sale again. It was on sale when I purchased it for the curtains and I do have some fabric leftover, but not enough to cover the entire wall.
Just for fun, I should pin some up to the wall to see what it does. That, along with some coordinating fabrics might be just enough punch.
Here’s how that looked in my last house (and I loved it!)
Lastly, I could paint & reupholster the bed to completely change the look of it. I love it as is, but that is an option.
Anyway, it’s fun to think through the possibilities. Which idea (or combination of ideas) do you like the best?