It took us a while to really get going on our bedroom, because I guess the main floor seemed more important, or other rooms were in worse shape. But the outcome of our personal space made me wonder why we hadn’t started sooner. It’s like a retreat from the world and it has a calming feeling that relaxes me right before sleep. It’s perfect.
It took us a few tries to get the paint right. And by a few tries, I mean 5. All except one of these tries we were smart enough to get the little sample size paints, the other time, we were dumb enough to buy 5-gallons of a color that turned baby-blue (Next time, I will think twice about buying the clearance mis-tints). The color we ended up with though is pretty dynamic; it changes a lot with the all the natural daylight in the room. During the day, it is a light grey, bright and neutral. At night, it darkens and feels like I am being wrapped in a cozy blanket.
We worked hard to find savings for this room, as we hadn’t really budgeted much for it besides the cost of paint. We got all of our bedding on Black Friday from Target, we got clearance curtains at IKEA for $4.99 each, and we did a lot of research for the best price on a new mattress and bed frame. We kept our nightstands and lights from our previous apartment, and we plan to refinish our dresser. I’d say it pulled together pretty nicely. But before I show you the final product, ready for the “before”?
The bedroom was painted dark brown (like the rest of the house) and it made the giant room feel small and closed in, despite the vaulted ceilings. We knew from seeing the previous owner’s furniture that a tall bed also made the space feel small. There was a ceiling fan, but no lights. Overall, it just felt dark and small.
We chose a color that reflected the natural daylight and emphasized the tall ceilings (they go up to like 13′-0″!!). Later, we might add a painted high-gloss white wood ceiling. A low bed gives the ceiling more room to breathe. Bright white curtains draw your attention to the window and light and really help to brighten the space. We plan to change the ceiling fan to one with a light to get better lighting. We still need to hang some art as well.