When tackling our bedroom, we only had one color scheme in mind – purple. All our sheets and bedding are purple and black, and purple has always been our default color to buy things in. In apartments where there’s no painting the walls allowed, it was fine to have all the stuff be purple because the white walls toned it down. When trying to think of a color to paint our room, we of course thought “Well our room needs to be purple.” But…. with a bright orange room and a bright red room it seemed like adding on a bright purple room would really push us over the edge into tacky.
So this will be a lesson on accent colors. When your favorite color pops a bit too much to paint the walls in it, try making it the accent color! It’ll still be the color everyone notices the most. This was a fun change up for me, too. Like I said – I’d done a lot of crazy colors already. I was excited to make this room a little more toned down and relaxed.
The room was originally this olive green color I actually kind of liked. As a kid, my room had a lot of green and I still have a lot of green pillows and stuff. So we thought alright green, you can stay.
I did feel like it was kind of dull in here though. And even though we’d bring in art to hang and stuff, I still wanted to paint. After all, it would be much easier to paint now than to try and do it after we’d moved in. I had seen this photo on Pinterest…
And thought it’d be the perfect approach to our room. I loved the feeling it gave of light coming in the window. It was also simple. All I needed was the good frog tape. I was able to tape out the whole design myself – which really surprised me! For colors, I of course wanted an accent of purple, and picked out a greenish-white and a neutral green to finish out the design. I’d use the original wall color for one of the triangles as well.
Here’s a funny side-story: We had a big painting party where a lot of really sweet friends came over to help us get all the painting done. When my best friend walked into the bedroom, she was like “Oh yeah, this has got to go. Poop brown isn’t a good room color.” And I was like ummmm well we were going to keep it…and just paint an accent wall…..
Yes, that’s real friendship. I have since had many more people come through and call it “poop brown” (yes, more than one person used the word poop. That’s the kind of friends I’ve got) but I still think it’s green and not too poopy to love.
After we painted and took the tape down, I rather liked the spaces between the colors. So we left them (plus it took like 3 days off the paint time since we’d have had to wait for stuff to dry and retape and all that).
And you can see our new fan pulls there too – here’s a close up:
The night we moved in we realized we didn’t have a shower curtain rod, so in the middle of the night we ran to Home Depot. I just died when I saw these and it was the first thing we bought special for our new house. It was already beginning to feel like a home.
We have the mum and garter we exchanged as seniors in high school hanging on our respective closet doors. There’s a viral article going around about how girls are now asking boys to donate mum money to cancer research instead of buying mums “that no one cares about or remembers” – 1.) I care. 2.) The idea is nice, but isn’t it a little bitchy to make your date do that? Why don’t YOU do that? Not all boys’ parents have enough money to buy an expensive mum. They’re often homemade, with love! I don’t know. It seems good intentioned but stupidly executed. Not to mention rude to any poor schmuck who had already spent a lot of time customizing a mum for those girls. Ouch!
The painting is the middle is one we did together some long-past Valentines day. It’s half him and half me, and kinda cheesy. But I like it.
P.S. – The Allergista totally sold me on getting that air purifier. It rocks my socks off.
The other Toby and Rachel original hanging in there is a more recent collaboration we did. It’s our cat, Mimi! Because we’re crazy cat parents. We painted that in the days before Dudley the Dog. We’ll need to paint him too.
Husband has big plans to use his carpenter skills to build us a custom bed frame, but for now we’ve still got our old sleigh bed, bought off a friend of my mom’s. I really wanted to have dramatic curtains that went ceiling to floor. I think they look very theatrical.
Oh, and we don’t always have spooky gargoyle shadows in our windows. They’re just for Halloween.
If you’ll allow another brief tangent – the gargoyles were super easy to make. Each one is made of two sheets of black poster board that I traced my shapes on to. Disney characters are really intimidating to draw, so I took pictures of them into photoshop and blacked them out into silhouettes. Then I used the eraser to trace the features I wanted. I used the grid to help me draw them out on the poster boards.
If you’re still pretty sure you can’t draw a gargoyle, you can try easier shapes! Like a ghost! Or tree branches! Or bats! Get creative. :)
We just have string lights in the window to light them at night. All in all, this project was like $8 to do 3 windows. The pig gargoyle (Hugo) is in the downstairs window.
Here’s how they look at night:
Speaking of DIY ideas…. we did this little craft from pinterest. We had these little boxy side tables that we thought we could use as side-tables, but they’re way too low for our bed. So we experimented and put one up on legs:
It also keeps Dudley from stealing things from us.
Now, the one thing I HATE about our bedroom is that they friggen windows aren’t centered. I wanted to ignore that and put the bed in the real center, but hubby insisted the curtains would look bad if we did that. So there’s a big void on my side of the bed and that little side table won’t work, so we’re in the market for a bigger side table to help balance the room. If that’s even possible.
But hubby’s side is all set up. His bedside table is a mess. Gah. But I like his dragon he keeps over there. He also has his art – a photo-realistic painting of a green apple (his favorite flavor) we bought at cottonwood, and this rather odd plate we found at an antique store in Gruene.
You’re probably going “That is the ugliest, creepiest, weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.” Yes. Yes it is. There is apparently some secret society of actors? Maybe related to the Freemasons or something? Maybe? And this is their….official plate? I guess? I love the creed at the bottom. And the Jester… well, he’s got a skull and that’s kinda cool. You may be thinking “You let a creepy jester plate watch you sleep?” Yes. Yes I do. Because the alternative is having it in a more public place, and… it just doesn’t go with anything else. Anywhere. So he’s in the bedroom.
That post had a lot more detours than I expected. I’ll let you go now. See you next time!