Sunday, August 7, 2011

Time to Decorate the Master Bedroom

The one room in this house that has gotten very little attention has been the master bedroom. We only sleep in it, and no one ever sees it, so it has been low on the list of decorating priorities. Other than a coat of paint, it has been completely neglected.

It's an overwhelming space--it's about a 20 foot square with 10 foot tray ceilings, and four individual windows. We currently have a king sized bed, two nightstands, an armoire, and a dresser in the space, but it's not nearly enough furniture to fill the space. My thought is to add bookshelves, a chaise, and a media piece, but I am not sure what finish to get the additional cased goods in. The current furniture is a blonde color that isn't available anymore. While this furniture wouldn't be my first choice now, it's the right scale for the room, good quality, and I just can't justify replacing it. At the same time, I'm certainly not going to buy any more pieces in that finish. But I'm scratching my head as to what finish the bookcases and media console should be so that the room flows together.

Have a look:

The head and footboard have a fabric inset, and I think if I reupholster that it will give the furniture a whole new look. The walls are painted Sherwin Williams "Svelte Sage" the lowest portion of the ceiling is Sherwin Williams "Ancient Marble" and the highest portion of the ceiling is Sherwin Williams "Connected Gray."

Here's a panoramic view of the other side of the space:

That blank wall will, according to my current plan, be home to some nice bookcases. We'll get a  bigger TV and place some sort of piece under it there on the left. My dilemma, if the new pieces don't match the old, is that the sensible arrangement will result in the furniture on one side being one finish and the other side being another--rather than two finished mixed through the room as I would prefer.

So, here's the furniture plan I've come up with so far. (Still leaves one of the corners looking awfully blank, but I think draperies will take care of that.) Like I said, the bookcases and media console will be a different finish than the rest most likely, so it bothers me that they are lumped together and everything in the blonde wood is on the other side of the room.

With the green-gray walls being as much color as I generally want in my own bedroom, I am leaning toward doing all of the drapery, bedding, etc. in creme and brown only. I fell in love with the following fabrics:

The center fabric would be the draperies. The toile on the right would be the duvet cover. The fabric on the left would be for accents and possibly the insets on the head and footboard. Shams and throw pillows for the whole space made of all three fabrics. We'll also be putting in a chandelier, but I have yet to find the perfect one for this room. I need a wide but not terribly tall one, preferably in a nickle finish.

Would love to hear some suggestions--am I wrong to go so monochromatic with the fabrics? What finish for the new pieces might compliment the current furniture? The rest of the house fell together (at least in my mind) very easily, and I'm struggling a bit with this room. Help!

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  1. I love the fabrics you've chosen and can't wait to see the progress of your room! I think that going monochromatic with the colors will create a very calming and soothing space. If you like them, I can envision a mirrored piece of furniture in there. I clicked on your link at the MM party because I'm in the process of redoing our master bedroom too. I'm especially struggling with what to do with my tray ceiling. I see that you painted yours. Do you like it? If you're interested, head over to my blog to see what I've done so far. Take care!

  2. I just have a quick suggestion for the furniture layout. Since you are afraid of having too much of lighter-finish furniture on one side of the room, why don't you consider swapping the location of the dresser with where you want to put the bookcases? That way there is some variation (no matter what finish you decide on going with).

    Good luck :)

  3. Great suggestions! I don't know why I never thought of mirrored pieces, I love them!

  4. Great fabric choices, have you thought about using bright colors for your accent pieces like pillows, vases, etc. I think red or a bright orange would be great with your fabric choice. Thanks for sharing. We hope you will consider helping kids with cancer by linking into the Miracle Makeover party this coming week
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  5. Sherry, great idea with the orange accents! We have that going on elsewhere in the house, so might help pull the whole place together! Will definitely be checking out the Miracle Makeover.