I recently came across pictures of my house the day my husband and I closed on it. While there were many aspects we loved, the garish bedroom colors were certainly not
the selling point. However, armed with $200 and undaunted by the blinding lime green walls, we set out to transform the teeny-bopper nightmare into a serene dream space.I have always been inspired by the peacefulness of traditional Swedish country homes, and in particular the simplicity of the color palette. So after living for several months with the gaudy green walls, I decided to follow that inspiration.
Starting out, we literally had only a mattress, and because the room is rather small— 12' x 12'— we decided to leave it without a frame so as not to take up any more visual space. We did create a headboard out of a mantel, which you may have read about just about this time last year, and if you didn't you can check it out here. The whole project came to just under $60.
• 2 EKARP lamp bases from Ikea = $20
• 2 RIPE lamp shades from Ikea= $12
• 1 Gallon of Restoration Hardware's Pale Silver mixed in Benjamin Moore's self-priming Aura paint, matte finish= $54. One coat is all it took to go from garish green to soothing gray, and no priming— well worth the price-tag!
• Target's Simply Shabby Chic Smocked Bedding= $79 (I was dead-set on anthroplogie's cirrus bedding but at $300+ for the set, I had to settle for the simpler option.)
• parasol from Pearl River= $20. This was originally intended as a light cover, but once I hung it on a random nail already in the wall to keep it out of harm's way until I had time to install it, I fell in love with it as wall decor.
We decided to leave the artwork purposefully minimal and understated so as to preserve the sense of calm and also as a counter to the room's slightly frilly feminine side. I love the spare studio vibe that unframed paintings give off, especially in contrast to the gold accents.
(Images: Leah Moss)