My Vintage Green Bedroom Makeover
When we started this blog two years ago, one of our goals was to share all the different ways you can decorate and arrange similar spaces, especially Del Ray’s signature rowhouses and bungalows.
We’d love to know what you are working on in your homes — do you have a room you are in the middle of decorating? How do you overcome design challenges? Have you finished a room and want to show others what you have done? Email us at info[at]diydelray.com and let us know!
Today I’m sharing a room I’m currently working on, my master bedroom.
Since I bought my rowhouse almost ten years ago, I’ve never been happy with how the master bedroom looked. It’s kind of a mish-mash of various pieces of furniture collected at different times in my life, there are three bookcases taking up valuable space (there’s no place for them in the rest of the house) and I have a bad track record with picking paint colors.
Instead of getting rid of everything and starting from scratch, I went with the easy changes — paint, accessories and the chi-freeing process of purging and decluttering.
The walls started out a dark army green when we first moved in (one of my worst paint choices to date) and then moved to a buttery yellow. I loved the individual colors at first, but after about four years of each, they grew tired. I’m not sure how I came up with my most recent color, Benjamin Moore cucumber, but I absolutely love it. It reminds me of the pistachio custard at the Dairy Godmother. It’s a calm and soothing color, has an almost vintage quality, and remains pretty consistent throughout different times of the day.
My nightstand (and small clothes storage) is a red cabinet I purchased at Potomac West a while ago with the intention of painting. I haven’t decided if I will paint it or not, but for now I kind of like the way it doesn’t match, a bright pop of color against all the other neutrals.
I also found this gold mirror at the Not Too Shabby moving sale to replace a standard issue dorm-style wall mirror. Part of the decorative trim has broken off and I’m planning to spray-paint the whole thing gold to mask the blemish.
In addition to the three white bookcases, there are three more shelves of books above my husband’s dresser, with a few pictures and personal mementos mixed in.
I replaced a multi-color rug with simple grey carpet tiles, the same ones I have in my living room. I like how the grey rug and comforter blend with the white bookcases and green walls.
The room is still a work in progress. All the trim could use a fresh coat of white paint and I have a few additional pieces of art for the walls. I haven’t yet decided what to do with the windows — curtains or blinds? — but for now I’m fine with the clean minimalist look. I’m happy just a few simple changes could have such a big impact.
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