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