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Design around the bedding
Here is my first piece of advice, when coming up with your Master bedroom design, design around the bedding. Not the paint colour or the old chair in the corner. Yes, there is a scary old chair in the corner…
Here is what I am starting out with, I have to admit I’m a little bit embarrassed to even share these photos as it’s pretty sad and abysmal. Greg thinks if fine… “There is a bed” so that qualifies it as a bedroom (no bedding though). Might be a bit of a stretch calling this the master bedroom, but then it is the ONLY bedroom, so I guess it qualifies. Oh, and that blue lump in the foreground is an old robe tossed over a camping cooler that the cat sleeps on. So, you see what I am up against here…Me thinks it just needs a little injection of my design aesthetic!
I’m a planner. Which means that when I wake up early, I lay there brainstorming my latest reno project, and all of the steps I need to do. to arrive at the desired outcome,. Although this is super crappy for my sleep habits, it is good from the perspective of figuring things out before I do them incorrectly (most of the time anyways). For example, there is no point in running out and buying paint for the bedroom, until I have picked out bedding. Think about it, if you pick a shade of paint that you think will work say a nice hot pink (kidding, but good for this example) and then fall in love with a pumpkin orange duvet, well… you get the idea. I would prefer to build my colour theme around my main attraction: the bedding. Besides, there are probably about 1000 shades of paint to choose from, many less options on the bedding. Ultimately it’s much easier to match the paint to the duvet, rather than trying to match the duvet to the paint. And to take it even one step further. I like the idea of finding inspiration, and utilizing that to set your direction. Pinterest is so fabulous for this. Gone are the days of ripping inspiration out of magazine pages.
Here is what I intend to turn this sad little room into. This is my inspiration:
I know, what you are thinking. It seems optimistic, doesn’t it? Well, I have a square room, a solid wall, a window and a closet, Looks like I am good to go! Besides, it’s pretty much all content, not structure. Totally do-able!
To start, I am searching for the bedding, which is proving to be difficult. First decision. Bed in a bag, or Duvet set? I am a big fan of duvets. But this whole project is for re-sale, and I am trying to NOT break the bank. So if I spend about $130 on a duvet cover, I still need to spend another $100 on a duvet, and more on pillow shams and contrasting pillows etc etc. It could get expensive fast So, the the bed in a bag solution is more feasible financially, at about $100-$150 for a comforter, bed skirt, pillow shams, and contrasting pillow. some of them even come with the sheets! And don’t forget the beauty part of this is that YOU get to KEEP all the awsome stuff you are buying. So at this point, I’m going with a bed in a bag, or coordinated comforter set, as the politically correct would say. After checking out a bunch of local stores and many online resources, I opted to go with this set from Wayfair. I am thinking that I may add in a pop of colour once it’s done, like hot pink! You see this is where we get to go crazy with colour 🙂