Thursday, October 3, 2013

The bedroom! An outward manifestation of my capriciousness!

While Greg was gone and I was painting the dining room, I also painted the bedroom. For anyone keeping track (me, Greg, psychiatrist), this is the third time I've painted it. I picked this color out myself so I can't even blame Anna if people don't like it. It's Stained Glass by Benjamin Moore.

I promise it's not the same color as the dining room. It's darker and bluer (and very hard to photograph).

I think whoever prepped this house to sell was worried that they would run out of paint, so they decided to paint two walls in each room one color, and the other two walls a different one. The paint colors were all mis-tints bought from the clearance bin at Home Depot. I know this because they left me the cans in the basement. This bedroom had two pale green walls and two French blue walls.

I initially painted it Cilantro Cream by Behr and it was okay.

Then Greg was going to move in and I decided I had to repaint the bedroom. So I tried to get a color match to the spare bedroom color, which was a Metro Paint color. Because Metro Paint is made from recycled paint, there's no consistency to their colors. The color match wasn't very good, but again the color was fine. Pale blue. Like the dining room.


But now it is dark and delicious and I love it. Why are interiors so hard to photograph?

I really want brass swing-arm sconces instead of those dinky bedside lamps. I don't care if I'm blindly following fads, I think they're pretty:

I used to read books but then I discovered TV, which is like reading except it's less effort and you can surf the web while you do it! This TV is old and weighs over 60 pounds, so I had to con my friend Bill into helping me get it off the wall before I could paint.

I love the color of Dracaena 'Limelight' against the walls

I have something in the works for new drapes, which will hopefully be less labor intensive than when I sewed the living and dining room drapes. The sweater rug at West Elm went on sale recently so we got an 8x10' rug for $350 but now I'm wishing I'd gone with the darker colored rug. And not just because I'll probably spill wine on it.

At the very least we need a new duvet cover, no? I think this one deserves to be replaced after all the wine it's put up with. What color would you go with?

I'd like to incorporate more plants in the room as well, but being so accident prone = no plants on the bedside table. Two things recently made me laugh until I almost peed: an article from The Onion "Man Puts Glass of Water on Bedside Table in Case He Needs to Make Huge Mess in Middle of Night" (thanks Scott) and this photo on Pinterest:

Everything was fine until I got up to pee in the middle of the night, tripped over the stack of books, and impaled myself on the antlers hanging on the wall.

If you're wondering what Greg thought, he likes it! In fact, he's digging the more saturated colors so much that he thinks we should repaint the spare bedroom.

I'm thinking I should let him have the fun this time and I'll just watch. Painting is a lot of work and I have so many things to spill on the new rug.


  1. Your new duvet cover should be wine-colored, of course. I'm really partial to sage green walls, but I know they're passe. I love the saturated color you used this time, though, too. My house is off-white everywhere except the kitchen and guest bath, which are pale blue. I used to paint our old house a lot. I can't be bothered now.

  2. I can't believe I didn't think of that. You are so smart!

  3. Meryl Rose PhillipsOctober 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I love deep saturated colors too, but am always so scared to use them. I'm glad I had the balls to do it in my office because every time I'm in here I stare at them.

  4. I love that need this wallpaper

  5. That link isn't working for me--will you post it again?

  6. The new wall color shows off the wood furniture beautifully. My husband abhors deep paint colors so all our walls are light - in fact, in our "new" house, they're all the same. Nice from a continuity perspective but boring - I suspect it would make you crazy.

  7. Life just isn't fun unless you're constantly cycling through new paint colors.

  8. Matthew - The Lents FarmerOctober 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Love that Stained Glass color. I want to repaint my kitchen this winter, but picking out colors is such a pain.

  9. I like a bedroom that is like a cave...the more deep, rich colors the better. so yes, the blinding white duvet cover must go. Alison's suggestion works in so many ways.
    I once left my son's friend with a can of paint, thinking it was a tasteful grey-green. I came home to an inky-blue dining room. Happy accident: I loved it.

  10. Orange! A deep russet orange as an accent in a patterned duvet cover to go with those saturated walls. The all-white duvet is too contrasting -- thank goodness it has the puckering for interest, but a little bit of earthy orange color would be rich.

    "Sakura" from Crate & Barrel --

    Or birds on white from DwellStudio --

    (I have this cover, and the photo doesn't show the burnt orange pops of color in the birds -- it's more colorful than it shows.)

    I love the bedroom. Love it. Avoid antlers on the wall, though.

  11. I'm so bad at these links !
    Tree Fall Design - Typepad
    Try this one , you 'll have to scroll down , it's the wallpaper in her kitchen. it's also the back ground on her photo .

  12. It hasn't worked ! oh just look up tree fall design it worth it ?

  13. . It is the perfect match!!!

  14. Jenni @ RainyDayGardenerOctober 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I nearly pee'd my pants when I got to the part of your post with the pinterest photo. Surely, the world needs more antler decor.

  15. Oh man, that IS perfect! Thank you for trying so many times--you rule. Sadly, I'm not showing that it's for sale in the US anymore. Off to scour eBay . . .

  16. There's just something so cozy about that deep, dark blue. I also love the blind positioned behind the head of the bed. You are a painting fiend and really should let Greg have a turn.

  17. Oh man, you know I love orange. I like those two a lot though I also had a moment where I thought about mustard/gold. I love love love those birds!

  18. You know I love dark I think this is awesome! Norm totally sent me that link because he hates that I keep a glass of water by the bed...and he's, unfortunately, been awoken a few times to my swearing and frenzied mopping.

  19. That is such a beautiful, warm blue! I love it! It makes the bedroom look like a jewel box. I think your new covers should hark back to the warm oranges and browns of your nightstands and your floor. Except you might like it so much you'd never leave, and then your garden would suffer...

  20. O.K. I love the darker colors that you're choosing! Glorious. OMG "I used to read books but then I discovered TV, which is like reading except it's less effort and you can surf the web while you do it!" made me laugh so hard that the Tom came in from the other room to see what was so funny! Thanks for keeping us amused!