A New Look

Do you ever have a room you just can’t get right?  For me, it has been our bedroom which is a really wonderful space, but somehow it has never come together.  I’ve tried different colors on the walls, changed bed coverings, rearranged the art and always there’s something not quite right.

Here I had in mind a crisp gray and white room, but when the Venetian plaster was done, the walls were not as gray as I envisioned.  The white  bed set is nice but, again, the look left something to be desired, and adding the red pillows from a past color scheme didn’t help.    When all is said and done, the room strikes me as cold, and I like a friendly, comfortable bedroom.  In addition to the colors not working, there is another problem.  Do you see it?

If you guessed the long bank of window, you are right.  I love the windows and the light, but the shades don’t do anything to warm up the room, and I am not a curtain person.  So, what’s a girl to do?

A slightly altered color scheme just might work.  Here we go, add more of the not quite gray wall tone along with some new accent colors.

And what about a soft, sheer curtain, just enough to soften the starkness of the window.  Maybe I could live with that.  OK so far, but once I honed in on the changes, there was another problem.   The painting over the bed is totally out of place so I went shopping in the house and found another piece of art which works surprisingly well.

Not only are the colors complementary and the dimensions right, it gives the illusion of a headboard, an unexpected bonus.

The real test comes when the hubby walks in.  He’s used to my changing things around and usually just shakes his head, but this time he said, “Hey, you know this really looks good.”

Sometimes a little tweak here and there makes a big difference.

Linking today to Metamorphosis Monday, Blue Monday and Show Off Your Cottage.

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16 thoughts on “A New Look

  1. and I echo your hubby! you have a magic hands! 🙂

  2. Amazing to see the difference and how great of you to take the before – and – after – pictures!

    I’ve been looking back a bit in your blog and I like it a lot!

    By the way, regarding your comment in my Blue Monday post, my husband will not drink MORE coffee with the espresso brewer, but he will drink tastier! he only drinks a cup or two a day.

    Wish you a great Wednesday!

  3. Wow, I can’t believe how different it looks with just a few tweaks. Really amazing. Great job!

  4. Curtains are a winner as is the painting over the bed and the new bed clothes.. great combination. soothing and definitely not stark!

    1. Thank you, Marlis. I’m even learning to like the curtains and they do just what I had hoped.

  5. Hi Linda, you room looks great! You made just the right tweeks to get it warm and inviting. Great job! Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment! I’m going to go check out your other projects now. 🙂

  6. julie hempleman March 8, 2011 — 3:21 pm

    Hi Linda

    I love your bedroom what a Transformation! I loved show off your cottage too and was so busy looking through it my husband asked if I had remembered I had offered to cook him something to eat- an hour ago!


    1. You know the problem is having time to look at all the wonderful things you can find in blogland.

  7. Love the changes you have made in your bedroom! So cute! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

  8. Hi Linda, I can see why you dropped by! I love your bedroom with the changes. It looks like you needed just a wee bit more ‘fluff’ or a hint of the exotic. :o) Beautiful room! Thanks for dropping by. :o)

    Donna @ Comin’ Home

  9. Love it!! The curtains make a huge difference. I’m all about open window space too for all the light. But hanging those curtains up so high makes the room seem so much bigger! Great job. And thanks for visiting my blog post! 🙂

  10. Very lovely….so calming. Blue….the perfecct shade for a bedroom! Thanks for visiting my blog! ~Heidi

    1. Yes, but I still wish the walls were grayer.

  11. Nice work! Looks much more cozy now.

  12. LOVE the curtains! Makes a huge difference!

    1. Thank you and they seem to be done right the first time!

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