As you know, if you have been following this blog for a while, my partner and I have been renovating our home, room-by-room. The next room I would like to work on is our master bedroom. I have been gathering images for inspiration for our bedroom for quite a while, seeking to envision a serene retreat for the two of us.
A bedroom can evoke many moods, from calm, soothing, and restful to fantasy, romance, and passion. I think the ideal is for the bedroom to balance all of these moods, to flow from one moment to another with ease.
Perhaps more so than in any other room of the house, the master bedroom is a very personal, private space. Sharing this space and agreeing on what that space should look and feel like is often a difficult task for a couple. I’m hoping that Glen will enjoy my vision for our bedroom, so I’m creating this post to help us both to visualize what a beautiful space our bedroom could become. I hope you will find it inspiring, too.
Here is my vision… I would love our bedroom to be an oasis of calm, a haven of tranquility, to escape from the stresses of daily life. The room also needs to be able to have a more sensual side. A day-to-night transformation is what I’m imagining.
I always love bright, airy rooms, in soft colours, with lots of sunlight pouring in. Luckily, our bedroom has a big bay window which lets in lots of light. At night, I would like to have lighting options which can change the function and mood of the space, as desired. I believe that ambient lighting is the key to changing the mood of the bedroom from serene sunny space into a more romantic, intimate space. A chandelier would be gorgeous, and using a dimmer would achieve that lighting goal. I also want to have a smaller lamp or candles with some kind of pattern, to create ambiance.
The colour palette I’m envisioning is a subtle, pale blue, accented with white, pale grey, and blush pink. Blue and white never loses its charm, for me. It’s so elegant and beautiful. My ideal would be to have a Gracie chinoiserie branch wallpaper, with a soft blue background, like the one shown above, from designer Mark Sikes’s bedroom. We will start by painting the walls the right shade of blue. Later, if I can work up the ambition, I would like to hand-paint a lovely branch pattern on top of the blue, to evoke my dreamed-of Gracie paper. (I should be doing something with my painting degree, right?)
On the subject of art, I plan to add to the art that is hanging on a large wall next to our bed, to create a collage. I have a lovely vintage Vargas print now. She looks a bit lonely, there, all by herself. It might take a little time to collect and create the right pieces. That’s the sort of project that I feel is best formed over time, organically.
A detail which I’d like to add to the room is a small mirror, above our dresser. I’d like to DIY the dresser to give it a light grey and white bone inlay-like pattern. Then I’ll add a vase of faux cherry blossom branches on top. I would also like to switch out the dark brown shades on the lamps on our bedside tables for white shades, for a lighter style. We really want a grey tufted headboard. Our bed currently has no headboard at all, so that would make a huge difference in the room, and to our comfort level. I would love bedding with a large floral pattern, to play off the blue walls (that might be a bit much, though, if I do the branch pattern), or maybe do simple grey and blush pink linen or white-on-white bedding (if we do wallpaper). Lastly, I would like to make white slipcovers for a pair of antique chairs which occupy the space in front of the bay window, both to protect the upholstery from the sun and to tie in with the blue and white colour palette.
So, there you have it… my dream bedroom inspiration! I hope to have a before-and-after post about the room’s transformation within the coming year. This room deserves to be more beautiful.
(This photo of Constance Bennett standing in front of a beautiful chinoiserie screen totally illustrates how I want to feel when I’m in my bedroom… impossibly glamorous and elegant. Well, I hope the room can live up to it, even if I probably never will!)
This post was created by Kim Sequoia for a delicious moment. Words and opinions are my own.