“For our bedroom, I’m looking for something natural… I love the mixture of textures like wood, metal. I have trouble brining in color into rooms. I love white, gray and brown! But I would like some color brought into my bedroom.. I love green and yellow. I really just want this bedroom cozy and natural. There’s always a particular bedding I have loved.. it’s Pottery Barn’s Hadley set in white. I do love the planked walls/ceilings. Our bedroom is small and I definitely want to make the most of it! We’re going to be in this home for awhile and this is why this is the first room I really want to make my own as we spend so much time in it!
I need to get rid of these brown walls. I am completely open to DIY-ing! Even if it takes time Eventually we do want hardwood floors, but until then all I can do is shampoo the carpet and maybe get a rug!? Everything in this room can go. The bed and dresser/nightstands take so much room. A bed with storage would be wonderful (I have thought of making Ana White’s Farmhouse Bed w/Storage!).
Also, we need some type of window blinds/treatment because there is a home not too far away behind us! These blinds do great at keeping our privacy, but I’ve always liked the look of those bamboo looking shades with curtains! Oh and I do love the fan in the summer, but I could do without it. I really like the idea of a chandelier, but whatever you think is realistic! “
And here’s what I came up with!
Wall Color: Ben Moore’s Silver Chains – A beautiful light gray that I suggested using on all walls, of both heights (Monica has vaulted ceilings and different wall heights throughout the room). Doing this will better disguise some of the awkward ledges she has and make all of the walls come together.
1. Grasscloth Wallpaper – This gray grasscloth wallpaper will bring a ton of texture to the room. It could be used on any of the walls, but it’d be a great backdrop for the large wall behind the bed.
2. Glossy White Deer Head – A glossy white deer head above the headboard to compliment the natural/nature theme.
3. Plank Ceiling – This could definitely be a DIY project. Try using white laminate wood flooring for the planks. Quick, easier install, and lightweight!
4. Lantern Chandelier – This lantern is very similar to one Monica liked from a photo, but it’s only $250! Not a bad deal for such a gorgeous light. Another (less expensive) option would be checking in with local lighting stores. They’ll usually carry similar pieces that are in dated finishes, like brass, at a lower price. A little oil-rubbed bronze spray paint will fix it right up!
5. Tufted Wingback Headboard– Monica mentioned wanting to possibly DIY the Ana White farmhouse bed with storage, which I love! It would totally work in this room. An additional option, for more of a layered look, is this tufted fabric headboard. The wingback shape is super cozy! I suggested pairing this headboard with the frame of the Ana White storage bed but leaving the footboard out of the plans. That way she’ll get the storage of the bed and the texture of the headboard, plus visually expand the small space.
6. Polka Dot Pillow – Throw pillows are a great way to bring in small pops of color without distracting from the natural textures of the room.
7. Green and Gray Floral Pillow – Use similar colors for the pillows, but don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns!
8. Geometric Ikat Pillow – Try using at least one small patterned pillow mixed with one larger scale patterned pillow.
9. Branch Table Lamp – It doesn’t get much more natural than this branch inspired table lamp. The drum shade keeps it from looking too rustic.
10. Wood Tiled Nightstands – Pair two of these gorgeous nightstands flanking the bed. And since Monica isn’t afraid to DIY, I suggested replicating them with two basic white nightstands and adding interest to the drawer-fronts with wood chips or textured paper!
11. Gray Dhurrie Rug– Area rugs are essential for bedrooms, even on carpet! This one has a subtle pattern that will work great with the room now as well as with the hardwood Monica plans to install down the road!
12. DIY Rope Mirror – This particular mirror from Restoration Hardware is no longer available, but no worries! Here’s an awesome tutorial for making your own with an Ikea mirror that won’t break the bank.
13. Faux Potted Grass– Place this plant on top of the chest of drawers. It adds a touch of nature and an instant burst of green color.
14. DIY Printer Console Chest – The dresser Monica currently has is too large for the space. This one is a DIY option from Ana White. The original plans are actually for one twice the size of the chest pictured above, but I recommend cutting the plans and half and making the dresser into a chest! The rustic wood will bring so much character into the room!
15. Yellow Hive Vase – Another small pop of color, without going over the top.
16. Nubby Green Throw – Throw blankets are great to have in any room, especially a bedroom. Toss it on the bed, the ottomans, a lounge chair, wherever! Instant layers!
17. Ruched Duvet Cover – Monica had been eyeing this bedding for quite some time, and it works great with the rest of the design. White bedding is such a classic, and super refreshing for a days end.
18. Hand-Blocked Quilt – Throw this quilt at the foot of the bed for even more of a layered look and an extra touch of color.
19. Hand-Blocked Pillow – A few more throw pillows that could easily be swapped out with the first grouping, or used to line the back of the ottomans beneath the window for an instant window-seat.
22. DIY Painter’s Drop Cloth Curtains – Possibly my favorite element in the design, these window treatments are so simple, inexpensive, and bring in so much texture! Here’s a great tutorial to make your own.
23. Bamboo Roman Shades – Monica requested bamboo blinds and you can’t beat the price of two of these side-by-side from Walmart!
24. Tufted Ottomans– Beneath the window I’d slide in two of these gray tufted ottomans. They’ll provide for extra seating and give her awkward window space more purpose.