How To Decorate A Bedroom In 4 ... Months!

by Lesley

I wanted cerise and blue ...

I wanted cerise and blue ...

I moved into my house in October 2008, and for the first time ever decided to treat myself to a new bedroom (I've always made do with the children's castoffs, and nothing ever matched.)

I had recently bought a navy duvet cover and lampshades, cerise pink curtains, and white sheets and pillowcases, so thought I would continue with those bold colours that seemed to go well together ...

... and have white walls, not too feminine as the white and navy blue calmed the pink curtains. I thought new wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside tables would really look good. I was wrong – or at least so I was told!

My new partner does not do pink in any form and got more adamant as time passed that either the pink curtains went or he did.

We had a few debates about what colour to use ... he wanted green; if not green then blue or yellow. The one thing we did agree on was that we wanted it to be warm, modern, fresh and relaxing.

I absolutely hate green, and always have, so there was no way I wanted that colour - any colour but! I didn't want yellow because my previous bedroom was yellow. Blue seemed too cold, and I couldn't think of a warm colour to go with it. I tried an aqua but he didn't like it, and teal blue made the room look smaller and cold.

I like lots of colours, and tend to be a warm-colour person, so I suggested orange and cream ... too old-fashioned. What about red? That didn't go down well either: what effect was I looking for? (As the room is not that big, it would have meant having at least three of the walls white, if not all of them, with red accessories.) So the red got shelved. Lilac? No, that was too like pink ... and feminine. Plum colours with a cream colour? Too dark and too like pink/red.

The bedroom wall soon became a patchwork quilt of all the sample pots I brought home, but each shade looked very different when I put them on the wall.

The furniture was purchased in a light beech colour, light, modern and easy to match with any colour. And it was stored awaiting the transformation. Little did I realise I would have to store it for 4 months!

After endless 'debates' and 2 months of 'thinking' and looking for a compromise, I found a soft lime green which I decided to give a go ... but then what colour do I put with it? More choices. Navy blue? It looked good when I got a swatch of material, so bought the curtains, but I was disappointed. They were not right. The colour was too harsh and the colours didn't flow together. They seemed to be blocks of colour which just didn't give the right feel. So the navy curtains got moved to the back bedroom.

I conceded that lemon or a golden colour might look good. The hunt was on for bedding and curtains, which I thought would be quite easy ... wrong! We tried every site on the internet, with no joy ... we went out to every store we could think of but faced a wall of beige ("we don't do beige, we are not that old"). Apart from that: vibrant pinks, reds, purple and plum colours - all the 'in' colours for bedrooms this season were exactly the colours his lordship didn't want to wake up to!

Eventually we found a duvet that was mainly white, but had the same green as the walls in it.

Although it has flowers on (too girly!) there was just a couple of large duck egg blue and yellow in the flowers so they were a hit ... anything to agree to getting this room finished ... and they made curtains to match! YES ...

It didn't take long to get the paint on, and I have to admit it looked ok. I could certainly live with it (though I think I would have lived with any colour just to get the room done, things unpacked and not be thinking of decorating!).

With the painting finished, we laid the new carpet (long-pile, in a flecked cream color - the one thing we found and agreed on within 20 minutes!) The wardrobe and chests of drawers got built and the bed arrived, together with the new leather headboard (you’ll see it in the slideshow below).

The headboard was a compromise: I really liked the suede ones, but suede doesn't combine well with my young children and their sticky fingers.

It finally started to feel like a bedroom.

One last shopping trip managed to get us the lampshades and accessories we wanted to complete the room.

I have a large glass vase that is in the shape of a cocktail glass which is at a local florist having a silk flower arrangement made of green, blue, white and yellow flowers.

This will stand in the space between the two chests of drawers as a feature to lift that area.

Looking around me now, I am very pleased with the result and glad it wasn't rushed (a little quicker would have been nice!) It feels cosy yet light, airy, fresh and clean. I've had a lot of great comments and compliments on my efforts.

And yes, I'm glad I did choose the soft lime. Everyone laughs when I say it's green ... I get a lot of "but you don't do green" so I'm not as predictable as they thought!

bedroom in lime, terracotta and white

bedroom in lime, terracotta and white

bedroom in lime, terracotta and white

bedroom in lime, terracotta and white

bedroom in lime, terracotta and white

I now have the bug for decorating, and am looking forward to my next project ... though I can't decide which will be first, the bathroom or the lounge.

Both will have to wait until the garden has been done ... I just hope they don't cause as many debates on the colours etc as the bedroom did!

Renate's Reply: What a story, Lesley - thank you for sharing it! (I'm very glad it has a happy ending ;-) Your bedroom looks great. Your disciplined color scheme - just the green, white, and the natural wood & sepia tones - works perfectly. I love your attention to detail (even the green pot and the wooden box on the windowsill are on 'color message').  Slow, deliberate process => great result!

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by: Lesley

Thanks to you all for the lovely comments. It feels a bit like a challenge, the standard has been set and I will see if I continue to improve - with 5 more rooms to do there is a chance to try a few new things.

Watch this space in a few months when the next project starts! (though with the time i take it might be next year before i get to show you the results!)

Restful and tranquil
by: Maureen

What a lovely room... Such soft, restful and tranquil colours...

Good for you; Just stunning!

by: Lesley

Thanks for your comment, the headboard was purchased from a local shop (Oxford beds) who use TJ Headboards. the one I have is the chanell basket weave. Im sure you could get one from other suppliers local to you. Good luck!

Really nice
by: jaimini

The four months' wait seems like it was worth it cos it is gorgeous! & You're right, it does look really cosy yet spacious & airy. Love the picture above the bed too!

It was worth it!
by: Marion

Lesley, congrats on staying the course. It was definitely worth it. You are great at this, and you'll only get better!

Love that headboard!
by: Jean

Wow, Lesley, what a classy headboard. Where did you buy it? I want one like that! (Love your room, too!)

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