Our master bedroom has looked like this for years. At various times there were attempts to make it inviting and cozy. I made the bedskirt and the pillow covers, as well as the curtains. Yet for all the softness and texture that fabric can bring, the room lacked warmth.
It was one of those situations in which I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I decided to start with the obvious. There was no question that a new rug was needed, something soft underfoot that would add warmth and beauty to the room most of us want to be a sanctuary.
The room called for something traditional but edging toward modern. And it absolutely had to fit the room. No more making do with cast offs from other rooms. I looked at several websites, but settled on the Wayfair site pretty quickly. I knew this rug was the one the moment I saw it. And it wouldn’t break the bank to get it in an 8 x 10 size.
The pattern was just interesting enough but wouldn’t box out any other decorating decisions to come. And the gray and cream colors are pretty neutral.
After this decision was made, it was pretty easy to click over to headboards. The four poster bed had had its day. Our style is still traditional but something I think of as modern traditional. It was a difficult decision to move it out – we’ve had it forever! Does everyone attach as much sentiment to their belongings as Mr. Bee? Finally, I got him to agree to move it on. It hasn’t gone very far however. It’s still in the garage.
And getting rid of the heavy wooden bed frame would make putting down the rug much easier. I bought a metal frame so that when we removed the wooden frame, we could place the rug, then set up the metal frame for the box spring and mattress. So easy! The headboard came later and was simple to place against the wall.
Without the big four post bed the room felt much more spacious and more modern, even though there are still antiques in the room. The new headboard is very reasonably priced at $250. Assembly went without a hitch.
With these changes, the curtains looked more humble than ever. Searching online I found the ones I liked on the Target website. A pretty blue, linen-like fabric, they are light filtering which the others were not. That is a big plus since the morning sun streams into that window by the nightstand.
I moved this chair from the desk to this corner. It would never have fit there before with the previous bed.
The room isn’t quite where I want it to be yet, but it’s getting there. I’m trying out art and pillows from other rooms. Probably new lamps would help too? Still considering options there. As someone who loves to read in bed, lamps can’t be just pretty. They have to provide good light.
Starting with the obvious need for change, the rug, really got the ball rolling. Do you have rooms that make you wonder where to begin? Start with the obvious, the worst flaw in the room and see if that works for you.
And it’s nice not to have to climb up into bed anymore. Now we can just fall in.
Have a great week!