In Search of Inspiration for that One Last Room

In Search of Inspiration for that One Last Room

Colleen Quinn
Sep 16, 2011

As someone who moves regularly for work, I have a lot of experience with the trials and tribulations of setting up a home. Over the years, I have noticed that I generally feel pretty good about the public spaces which tend to be inviting and colorful and make me feel happy every time I walk in the door. Unfortunately, my satisfaction level always drops precipitously when it comes to the master bedroom, a room that should be a haven but instead is generally a thorn in my side.

There isn't really ever anything wrong with my bedroom, there just never seems to be much right about it either. In the past I've always had bedrooms with color and pattern, so this time around I thought I would go for a more soothing and monochromatic look with neutral walls and white fabrics instead. Despite playing musical chairs with curtains, bedding, and lamps, somehow the room just isn't gelling the way I imagined it would. I am so not happy with this room that the only picture I can find to share is this one from before I moved in- sadly, I've never felt inspired enough to want to capture any of its subsequent iterations.

At this point I'm not really sure if the problem is the room or the goal or maybe just me. While I'm taking a break from tinkering with this space (thankfully I have art to hang in other rooms to occupy my weekend), I'm hoping for some words of inspiration and encouragement. Surely I'm not the only person who has one last room that just never seems right? Have any of you made a deliberate attempt to switch styles in a room only to remain vaguely dissatisfied with the results? Was my mistake starting with an idea of how I wanted the room to feel rather than a vision of how I wanted the room to look?

Image: Photo by Colleen Quinn.

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