In this series we’re looking at how to add, swap out, or take away just a couple of items to make your room feel completely new. FRESH!
These blog bursts are short and fun giving you quick ideas that you can implement in an evening or in a few hours before guests arrive.
Last week we did a refresh on the entryway because we wanted to give you a small space to tackle just in case you were feeling like this really isn’t do-able. (But it is!).
This week let’s make it just as simple. The easier it is…the more likely you are to accomplish it!
This is a fun one. For me this was the perfect example of cringing every time I looked into our master bedroom, which is just off the Living room. I didn’t even consciously recognize I was cringing, just looking away or really? I didn’t ENJOY looking at it.
And that was a problem because when we moved in 4 years ago we bought beautiful new bedroom furniture. A complete bedroom suite of darker walnut wood-very rich looking. The walls are a beige-ish…and we had decorated with turquoise-more by accident than anything else. But it worked. The bummer is the beige walls—which we were NOT willing to repaint. So how do we make this room something we’re proud of?
Accidentally…of course!! Shopping in JCPenney one day and on the way out I passed the bedding section. I was magnetized to the display. Our colors!! And I loved it! And it came in a king spread! With pillows! Well with 15 pillow cases of various designs and colors—all matching and coordinating with ours! And? On sale! A very good sale. So then I bought the pillows to go into the cases and re-made the bed. Wa-LA! I loved it! Soft turquoise and beige and vanilla-tied everything together. The pillows on the bed can be strewn as desired or organized differently every day for whatever look you’re going for. (ok yes the 15 pillows was an exaggeration!).
I then actually took away a framed picture that we liked, didn’t love, but that had colors in it that did not coordinate and clashed with the main painting. That helped immensely. It was causing the eye to be confused….”where do I look? here? there? not sure” so with that gone the focal point became the bed and the COLOR(and main artwork).
Later I added back in another hanging-- the neutral looking black/beige/wood colored pallet sign. I feel it "toned down" the space. More importantly? I LIKED it!
I needed one more thing. A ceiling fan? Not for me—a rare breed who does not like wind blowing on me while I sleep. A rug? Nahhh…our carpet is new and looks great, there’s not a lot of floor space in there already, and we’d just end up tripping over it all the time. The rug would have made it a hassle in that room and we were trying to make it as simple as possible.
That’s when I went to Target. I measured the wall between the dresser and the closet door opening. VERY small space. But I thought if I can find a chair that fits? that would be the last element I needed. And sure enough I found it. At first I saw a cream (neutral) chair that would fit...but my heart wouldn’t settle on it. Then I spotted the turquoise chair. Yes! I couldn’t believe it either! Last one on the shelf. I nabbed it and I’m not proud to say I did it because I saw a mom and daughter team eyeing it.
It fits perfectly! A place to sit and put shoes on in the morning, a place to temporarily throw things on, etc. I want the chair to be seen so we don’t allow ourselves to have stuff piled on there too often.
See how close between the closet and the dresser? We have a small bedroom!
But this chair fits perfect and just the right color for accent.
Notice the pallet sign? You can purchase this paddle sign here.
These pallet signs are custom made in Minnesota by an artist.
This is a room I am now so proud of. I never shut the door when guests come over—even though it is right off the living room! I want everyone to see. Plus it adds a warmth to the feel of the house overall. It truly is a subconscious thing. A “back of the mind” feeling you get when you’re happy with a space in your home.
See how this doesn't have to be a large remodel? And not a clip out of Home & Garden mag? Simple and easy to do for your everyday living.
Is your bedroom needing a refresh? If so, what are 3 things YOU can do to make it a room that pops?
Bedding and pillows? Rug? Chair? Chaise lounge (for those that have larger bedrooms), chandelier? Pendant drop light? A note here: pendant drop lights come in various colors. Sometimes hanging one in the corner of your bedroom adds romantic lighting plus provides a splash of color to your color scheme or just giving it that added accent.
Walk into your bedroom right now—the one that has been bugging you. You know it’s not perfect. More of an eyesore. It’s the one you keep telling yourself “I’ll get to that one day”. Now is the day.
Take a piece of paper and pen and ask yourself “what color am I thinking?” Write some options down. If one doesn’t come to mind-that’s OKAY. This gives you a reason to “shop”. Shop various department stores, again the ones that reflect your budget and style. Wander through the various areas for furniture and bedding and see what strikes your fancy. Remember-this is not a makeover or remodel. Those are big words for big projects. This is about quick, easy and fun. Just refresh!
You don’t have to do this in one day. Take your time and enjoy the looking. Keep asking yourself as you shop-what 3 things? This will keep your eye searching for things that go together. This helps. As you look at each item try to picture that color or that item in your space. If it doesn’t ‘jive’ move on. Keep doing this until you have your aha! moment.
Then…purchase your items and have fun!
I haven’t mentioned this before…but don’t forget all the resources you have at your disposal: google it! And if you don’t have a Pinterest account, why not? If you are a visual person you will love this platform. There’s nothing wrong with copying the exact bedroom you found on Pinterest. That Pinterest pinner would probably never know! And...better yet…there is an option to post something you found on Pinterest and actually did—you post it as something you tried. The pinner will be ecstatic that you tried their pin.
Here is an example of a bedroom refresh from just changing out the bedding and pillows! Pretty!
See how the splash of color brings the other neutral elements in this bedroom to life? LOVE IT!
So! What does your new bedroom look like? Please share below, your story. How did you stumble across your items? What was your mindset as you shopped? Did you know ahead of time exactly what you were going for? Or did you have to look and look? We would love to hear from you!
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It's the perfect example of a refresh. Add the wall art, the throw pillows and bedspread and the whole bedroom comes to life!
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