As with most people, the master bedroom is the last room in the house I've given any decorating attention to. I suppose its not too surprising, since our time spent here is with our eyes shut. At the very least, I wanted the bedroom to feel calming. A place where Adam and I could relax and unwind. Unfortunately, Adam's black bed frame and dresser came with us from the loft we previously rented. These large, dark anchor pieces weren't exactly what I was picturing when I visioned a light an airy room! But we couldn't start over with new furniture, so I had to consider the pieces in a new light. Here's how I've created a bright space with dark furniture.
Minimizing the furniture opened the room up and made it feel more spacious.
2. I purchased some classically designed bedside tables that better complimented the character of our home. Scented candles and soft lighting added a relaxing ambiance.
The original stained glass windows were a beautiful feature. Sheer curtains let the natural light shine through and gave the room an airy feel.
4. I pulled white throughout the room through the bedding. But I added varying shades of grey for texture and warmth. The layering of patterns and textures created a cozy atmosphere.
Work on making it yours. Whether you do this with photos, artwork or books, I found by adding bits of personality to the room it makes it feel more homey.
6. Fresh flowers add color and charm. Lavender at the bedside is a must for me. It helps me sleep, and lifts my spirits in the morning.
As always, I'm still adding and changing elements of the room. There are certain realities I have to deal with. I don't get attached to any of our bedding! Nothing stays pretty for long with two dogs who consider our bed their dog bed. In classic male fashion, Adam uses our television and side tables as clothes hangers. I'm thinking I might ask Aaron over at Studio Gagnon to build us a custom wardrobe. Stay tuned for updates! And let me know your decorating ideas in the comments section. I love to hear from you!