How To Style A Grandiose Bed?

How To Style A Grandiose Bed?

Kristen Lubbe
Jan 31, 2011

Q: I'm really struggling with styling the bed so as to reach a compromise between the richness/opulence my boyfriend is after and the rustic/relaxed style I prefer. I tried starting to develop a monochromatic green look in the bedroom, hoping it would bridge the gap between rich and comfy, but it's just not working – we have white trim and white (popcorn!) ceiling and it just contrasts too harshly with the olive green and the dark wood of the furniture. I do not have time nor budget to change the trim and ceiling so I am opting to "work with it" instead. Ditto the carpet – it's brand new (and expensive) so it's staying.

Changing the wall color is do-able but not my favourite option, as the bed was physically built in our bedroom by the furniture manufacturer – it is insanely heavy and I'm not even sure we could move it away from the wall to paint behind. Still, I do believe the olive green is holding me back from achieving something really great in here. The entire rest of the house is light beige and grey so I'm looking to avoid those colours in here. Exception – the master bathroom is a really nice slate blue/grey (Martha Stewart Schoolhouse Slate) and I feel like that family of color could possibly translate well into the bedroom. We liked the idea of a darker color for the bedroom; maybe a VERY dark slate? I thought the warmth of the green would look great with the warm hue of the wood, but now I think it just looks contrived and cheesy. I hate the curtains, only bought them to tide me over until I found something I liked. I'm quite fond of the lamps and I think a great bedding and curtain change could potentially make this work.

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