Although I don’t want to admit it, I haven’t been sleeping well this winter and I was forced to think about why? What about my bedroom was irritating me? What was uncomfortable enough to keep me awake?
I knew that I did not want the expense of a total makeover. (It hasn’t been that long since I re-decorated this bedroom…you can see that project HERE). So keeping that in mind, I set about trying to achieve a relaxing atmosphere.
I also wanted to avoid some of the decorating-related stress I caused myself when I re-did my den (which you can see HERE). So I decided to take my own advice and do a little more up-front planning…starting with what I liked and disliked about the current room.
Keep reading to find out more about my purple bedroom makeover.
My Likes and Dislikes
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To make sure that I actually addressed the problem, I started by identifying what I liked and disliked about the room.
What had to go:
1. I no longer wanted so much burgundy in my space.
2. The burgundy rug wasn’t the right size and I hated the color. It felt oppressive and uninteresting. It showed every speck of lint so it always looked like it needed vacuuming.
3. The bedding did not fit my mattress well. The sheets kept coming untucked and would end up all around my neck during the night. Making the bed was like starting from scratch every morning.
4. The down duvet felt too heavy and bunched up inside the duvet cover. The duvet cover itself was starting to look shabby.
5. If I changed the duvet cover, the aqua walls and ceiling would need painting out.
6. Which also meant that the aqua candles, the burgundy knickknacks on the bedside table, and the mother- earth picture with the burgundy background were passe.
7. I was bored with the white woodwork throughout.
What I decided to keep:
1. The wall paper on one wall was only put up two years ago. It seemed a shame to tear it out so soon.
2. The textured paintable wallpapered ceiling with the molding surround was too much work to remove.
3. The silk toile drapes, headboard, and chair cover are a pattern and material I love. I hoped to be able to incorporate their burgundy color.
4. I liked the silver colored bed-side table and jewelry cabinet (and they are useful).
5. The crystal bedside lamp with the smocked lilac shade (also a recent acquisition) is one of my favorites.
6. I love the ‘over the top’ chandelier.
Once I figured all that out, I was able to address each of the issues. Keep reading to find out how.
Change Out The Bedding
I decided to get rid of the duvet altogether and purchased a light weight hand quilted quilt in ivory with a gray chevron pattern (which unfortunately, is no longer available). It is long enough to reach the floor and cover the bed pillows.
I find throw pillows on the bed an added nuisance so I chose to dispense with them entirely.
I also removed the bed-skirt since it is unnecessary with the new bedspread.
As a finishing touch, I draped an existing purple mohair throw* over the foot of the bed.
Then I ordered purple sheets* that said they would fit a 16″ mattress — and hallelujah they do! What a difference they make for sleeping and making the bed!
I also bought suspender-like elasticized clips* to hold the blanket and my old sheets in place. They work well.
Paint The Walls Purple
Picking the right paint color was an important change in coordinating all the existing elements.
Since the wallpaper was an HGTV pattern sold by Sherwin Williams, I went there armed with a sample of the paper and the toile fabric. To enhance the purple slub in the wallpaper, I chose a beautiful gray purple, called Mythical (SW 6550), for the walls. It’s very close to one of the 2017 paint color trends (you can see them all HERE).
To incorporate the burgundy toile, I decided to find a tone for the ceiling that would address its presence. With the help of the store clerk, I selected a pink, in the same tone, but much lighter than the burgundy in the drapes and darker than the pink in the wallpaper. That color is Audrey’s Blush SW 9001.
I painted the textured part of the ceiling and the surrounding molding with two coats of Audrey’s Blush. If you’re wondering what the textured part is, it’s wallpaper (you can see the post where I put it up HERE).
For the 9″ border on the ceiling between the narrow molding surround and the crown molding, I got inspiration from a ceiling painted by Isabelle Day in a London townhouse, shown in Sept. 2016 Elle Decor Magazine.
I drew a colored template and randomly painted the sections silver (had on hand), mythical and ash violet (SW 6549). When the paint dried, I drew a black dividing line with a marker between each section of color.
For the woodwork, I decided to go darker on the Mythical color card and chose Dewberry SW 6552. It needed 3 coats to get complete coverage but was totally worth it.
While I was painting the walls, I painted the storage baskets that hold extra clothing on a floating shelf above the door the same Mythical color so that they would have a small imprint.
Supplies For This Project
Replace The Rug
I found a purple and ivory rug in the right size that enhances the room perfectly at Wayfair.com–Ronit purple area rug by Bungalow Rose.
Getting rid of the dark burgundy rug really lightens up the whole room.
Update The Accessories
I bought silver mirrored pillar candles (from Pier 1 on clearance) to brighten the corner by the drapes.
I left the original mirrored nightstand in the room.
But added to the apple collection for more of a statement.
I brought in a favorite painting (from another room) depicting rainbow eucalyptus tree trunks that I bought in Kauai. It picks up the color of the walls and the ceiling nicely and evokes fond memories.
These simple changes have made a huge impact on how well I like the room (and on healthier sleep patterns).