Before & After: Bethany's Big Impact Bedroom

For most of us, designing our home is an evolution. You start with an idea of how you want it to be and with time and effort you usually end up getting pretty close to your original concept. Such was the process with my bedroom, except all I knew when I got started 6 and a half years ago was that I wanted it to be lavender and kind of mid-century modern. After painting it a bright blue-tinged lavender, it was nearly 5 years later by the time I had traded in my mattress and boxspring for an actual bed and bought some cool vintage nightstands on eBay. What I ended up with was the picture you see above. Not terrible, but not quite right either. Click through to see how a few subtle changes took my almost perfect bedroom to dreamy perfection!

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Step 1: Color
With real, adult furniture in place, it was time to turn my attention back to the color of the room. For years I had felt that the original lavender I had chosen wasn't quite right, but I was loathe to repaint an entire room for just a few shades. I waited until I could afford a painter, and then chose Benjamin Moore's Elephant Gray (I love the name!) — a muted, yet saturated lavender.

Step 2: Bedding
Lavender walls with purple bedding was just too much. I needed to bring in some neutrals to give the room a more restful feeling. I bought a duvet cover and shams from West Elm (click here for this year's version) in a neutral called Pebble with a subtle trellis pattern and kept the purple to sheets (also West Elm). Since I have trellis wallpaper elsewhere in my home, I liked the idea of continuing that pattern into the bedroom. With my designer connections, I snagged a deal on some Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa Ombre Maze fabric in Lilac and had two pillow covers made.

Step 3: Finishing Touches
I had always liked yellow with lavender, but I wasn't sure what would work with my new darker walls. A colleague of mine suggested mustard yellow and — though I was skeptical at first, I love it! I brought it in on the subtle stripe on the West Elm silk drapery (no longer available), and a cute vase I bought in an antiques store. Finally, I changed out the frame on the Rothko-esque pastel my sister had done for me from a brushed stainless to an antiqued brass for a softer look.

It may not seem like a big difference between the two rooms, but these little changes have really helped to bring the room together and make it a grown-up, well-thought-out, and most of all intentionally designed-looking space. What do you think?

Images: Bethany Adams

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