Good Questions: Save This Room, Save My Marriage?

Good Questions: Save This Room, Save My Marriage?

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 20, 2007

Hello AT!

Here is the issue, my husband loves the freshly painted blue walls. I don't. The furniture is a hand-me-down and he absolutely loves the piece "as is". Although, I propose to take off the mirror and two drawers beneath, which can be done with ease. And, I was just told we are getting a second, monster 48x48 dresser...

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What can I do to make the blue work with the wood furniture? Should I just scrap the blue and start with a different wall color? My husband loves blue and green. I am willing to shell out some bucks and to that end I have committed to having a custom headboard designed but I am at a loss as to shape, color, fabric etc.

I want my bedroom to be sexy, yet comfortable while my husband is nostalgic for the bedroom from his childhood summers spent in at his grandparent's serene, victorian house in Canada.

I am willing to compromise because he is wonderful and I love him and I want him to be happy but I can't live with the disjointed look of our bedroom.

Thanks, Tina

Dear Tina,

You can work with this room as is and you're lucky if your husband is as lovable and flexible as you make him out to be. Competing with nostalgia can be really tough.

We'd look to the WSHome catalog and Mitchell Gold (online or off) for inspiration here. Both of these sources work with cool blues and fairly traditional, wood furniture. If you work in warm greys, silvers, tans and yellows the whole thing holds together and warms up quite a bit.

Anyone else??

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