After working on my bedroom on and off (like way, way off) for months, I’m happy to report that it’s done…for now at least *wink*. I last posted (in May of 2014…like I said, there was a lot off “off”) about contemplating changing the walls from light to dark (see that post here). Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane, shall we?
When we first bought the house, the room looked like this. These are the previous owners furnishings. For reference, the wall with the two windows on it is the wall where my bed is now.
Before we moved in, we had all that lovely royal blue carpet removed and the original maple hardwood underneath refinished. What a difference that made!
I loved the brightness of the room with the light gray walls but I was looking for a change and I wanted to experiment with something much darker and more dramatic. Everyone, Mr. H+F and my mom included thought I was insane but I forged ahead nonetheless. What the heck, it’s just paint right? Plus I feel like if I’m going to tell clients to go dark, I want to speak from personal experience. The result is so much more dramatic and rich looking in my opinion. It’s amazing how everything just POPS off those dark walls right? A couple of other things changed from the above photo but nothing as dramatic as the wall color (which is Ben Moore Chelsea Gray). I am officially a dark walls in the bedroom convert.
The bedding obviously is different. This is our warmer weather bedding which is just a coverlet and a quilt. The above “winter” bedding is already back in the room though and I’m delighted to say it looks just a good with the wall color as this more neutral set does. I also got some proper nightstands. The rest of the room is a hodge podge of things I already owned. And the drapes are the same but I lost the swag and am 1000% happier with how they look straight vs. swagged.
I swapped the black and white art for a yummy feather juju hat that looks so great against the darker walls.
In the corner of the room there is a clunky old radiator. I turned the top into a makeshift vanity of sorts with a pretty piece of art, a little mirror and a few pieces to hold my jewelry. It’s in no way the glamorous vanity of my dreams but it’s really all I need and actually provides some color and prettiness in this corner. I debated doing a proper vanity on the large wall below but decided against it because I’m really not a sit down and do your makeup at a vanity kinda girl.
There was a big, blank wall to the right of the entry in this room that I knew I needed to do something with. Once I ruled out the idea of a vanity or desk, I decided it was a great opportunity to do a big arrangement of oversized frames with some of my favorite family and vacation photos. I really love how it turned out and it cost so little money to put together.
The other corner of the room is just a small sitting area using the faux bamboo chair I repainted (used to live in my office in NC…you can see that here and how I refinished it here). And as much as I love that chair (and the vintage alabaster lamp on the table), the real star of this corner…and maybe my bedroom is general is that original Teil Duncan painting. I love that thing so much and it makes me happy beyond words whenever I come into the room and look at it.
So there you have it! It’s been a journey for sure. I feel like the room was 90% of the way there for a really long time but as I always say, that last 10%, while not necessary maybe to the function of the room, always makes the biggest aesthetic difference I think. I’d love to hear – which do you prefer – the light walls or the dark walls? I won’t be offended, I promise. I really do like both and I’m not promising anyone I won’t go back to light one day (it’s fun being married to me right?) but for now, I am a definitely team “dark walls in the master”.
Paint, Blinds, Drapes (custom), Bed, Sconces, Nightstands, Pillows, Sheets, Pillowcases are West Elm but discontinued, Quilt, juju hat, Rug is RugsUSA and sold out but try this for a lookalike, gallery frames, vanity art is an original by Laurel Dawn, beachscape art is an original by Teil Duncan. Everything else (brass flamingo, glove mold, faux bamboo chair, tulip table, lamp, bench) is vintage or thrifted.
Images (all the pretty dark walled ones) courtesy of Jessica Delaney