Before & After: A New Angle on the Bedroom

When decorating, have you ever had one of those, "Why didn't I try this years ago" moments? I had one of these moments this week while making my bedroom more happily habitable. With a few minor tweaks, I found myself with a whole new way of looking at my bedroom. See how the dust settled and the paint dried after the jump!

The bedroom has always been a chore for me. It was always a workout to change the sheets and make the bed, since one side of the bed was against a wall. I had little hope for a nightstand since we had only 10" from the side of the bed to the closet door opening. With a set of French doors, a closet door, a bathroom door, and a large corner cabinet, I was positive there was no other option for the bed. Needless to say, I have been hesitant to make any changes.

This week, I was motivated to give the walls a fresh coat of paint. I wanted it to remain creamy, but a little less yellow, a little more white. I chose Mascarpone by Benjamin Moore. As that was drying, I decided to keep up the momentum and paint my bed. Before you cringe, the bed had been previously painted a black and green faux marble, which had worn off on different areas of the posts and needed some TLC.

I knew I wanted a tropical glossy look and after a quick jaunt to the hardware store, I came back with Poolside Blue by Benjamin Moore. A few hours later, I stared at my creamy clean walls and turquoise bed floating in the center of the room. Staring at it from a new angle, I realized that I might have just enough clearance from the French doors and closet doors to position the bed in the center of the room. With a quick spin of the bed, I had a whole new bedroom arrangement. I was even able to fit two nightstands!

Luckily, I found a perfect pair of vintage nightstands and quickly painted them Mascarpone to match the walls. With a few happy accessories, including our giant A & G letters used on the day of our wedding, I was left feeling like I had a whole new bedroom.
What I did learn? Never say never when it comes to decorating, when you get stumped, try shifting things around even if you're "positive" it won't work!

Images: Alisha Peterson-Irwin