Admittedly our bedroom has been the most difficult room in our apartment for me to decorate thus far. While I don’t want to leave the walls bare I worry about a room that appears too stylized. I want a room that appears interesting yet mellow and cozy yet de-cluttered. Since I’m not an interior design expert I’ve been really trying to decorate the room slowly as not to go overboard with photos and frames (sorority house vibes are not what I’m going for). I shared yesterday that one of my goals for June is to “finish” (I say “finish” lightly because I don’t believe a room ever feels fully finished) decorating our bedroom so I thought I would share where the room is at now as well as my vision for its completion.
Elements I would like to incorporate:
Twinkle Lights: I’ve always loved the twinkly fairy lights that people hang up around Christmas (and throughout the year). Not only do they add light but they instantly make any space feel warmer and cozier. I think these little shimmery lights look perfect wrapped around the top of the bed canopy. They give the room a romantic and whimsical vibe without looking overly girly. I’m using these ones from Urban Outfitters.
Tulle: There’s no denying that I’m a total girly girl. I love tulle canopies and have really grown accustomed to waking up beneath one. When I moved in with Jordan I was willing to compromise (believe it or not) and I told him we really didn’t have to hang my canopy if it felt to childish or feminine. Luckily he said he liked it so I didn’t have to say goodbye to the most fairytale-esque portion of my bedroom. I love four poster canopies, to me, they seem a bit more grown up than the circle canopies most little girls have as they are a bit more structured and easier to tie back. Nothing feels more luxe than waking up in a comfy-cozy bed and watching the sunlight illuminate the tulle surrounding you #PrincessVibes.
Black & White Photography: Since I want to display a few photos in our bedroom but want to maintain a sleepy and serene environment I thought it would be nice to display all (or at least most) photos in black and white. I love color just as much as the next girl but I think there is something lovely and understated about black and white photography. I can’t wait to go through photos and print a few of my favorite memories in black and white to display on my dresser and bedroom walls.
White and shades of Blue: Without my consent blue was automatically part of the color scheme of our bedroom. The room was already painted several shades of blue and there wasn’t much we could do to change it without repainting. I decided to embrace blue as part of the room’s color scheme since it is such a naturally calming palette. I love incorporating different shades of the same color so the room feels planned but not overly forced. White is bright and neutral so I chose a ruffly white bedspread despite the difficulty I’ve had keeping it clean (yay for bleach). Though our bed frame is dark I opted for white dressers and a white mirror to keep the room feeling airy and bright despite limited natural light (ugh). Overall I’m loving the color combination and have found my bedroom extraordinarily restful-I can’t help but feel calm and cozy when I’m in there!
Elements of Nature: I am so inspired by nature-flowers, trees, water, blue skies, insects…all of it! Though Seattle is a very green city there is still more cement than green grass. I find nature so aesthetically pleasing and serene I like to incorporate it into my home in as many places as possible. Since my living room is SO nature themed (conservatory) I am hoping to incorporate different elements of nature into the bedroom so it doesn’t feel matchy-matchy! It’s a small apartment but I don’t want every room to feel the same, I want each room to have its own distinct personality while still representing Jordan and I.
Poetry: I adore writing (obviously) but have had a difficult time displaying my love of writing into my interior decorating process. I have a few favorite poems I thought might look nice typed out on a typewriter, printed and displayed in a frame on the wall. A framed poem maintains the soft and understated look I’m going for in the bedroom but also subtly displays my love of reading and writing. What do you think? Do you have in poem suggestions for me?
My biggest goal for the room is to maintain the soft and intimate vibe of bedroom while still displaying beautiful pieces that add a bit of character and interest. How is your bedroom decorated? Did you have a vision all along or did it come together slowly over time? Do you have a specific mood or theme for the room or is it a reflection of everything you love? I’d love to hear about your bedroom as well as your tips for decorating!