Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bedtime change

We've just painted our bedroom Dulux Chalk USA on the ceiling and trims and half strength Hog Bristle on the walls. The previous owners had painted it a hideous pinky apricot colour and I honestly don't know how I lived with it for 10 years!! Anyway, here's what it looks like now (sorry I don't have any before pictures)...

My husband made the bedside tables and the padded bedhead. The bedside lamps and the quilt cover were wedding presents (so that makes them nearly 13 years old). Definitely time for a change! It's difficult to tell from the picture, but the mohair blanket at the end of my bed is a light celadon green.

Painting my bedroom has prompted me to want some new bed linen and bedside lamps (don't think the budget can swing for new bedside tables at the moment), particularly since I think the room is now looking a little bland. Trouble is I haven't a clue what to replace the bed linen and lamps with?!?

Whilst I absolutely adore the white in the following picture, I don't have a strong architectural feature such as these windows/doors to anchor the look.

Image from The White Company

Instead I think I'd like to use a bit of pattern and I love the way that stripes, dots and florals have been mixed in the following bedrooms...

Image from Toast

Image from Toast

I'm quite liking the range of bed linen available from the newish Australian company, Castle and Things...

But last weekend I visited Household Linens in South Melbourne and thought that their bed linen range was particularly nice and of very good quality...

Image from Household Linens

Truth is I'm not feeling very confident about mixing stripes and patterns and will probably end up with white bed linen like in the following picture. I know I really should try to be more adventurous.

Image from Black Barn

So the question is, what to do and how do you successfully combine stripes and patterns?

And don't even get me started on the bedside lamps!!! That's another post altogether.


Heather said...

On the bedside lamps, I am feeling glass or crystal. Go for your white linens and get an assortment of cushions.

I'm thinking full and quarter strength Hogs Bristle for our hall and study (and probably bedroom too). I get to check them out at a friends place in a few weeks when I visit as this is the combo she has just used.

Millie said...

Sounds like you're about to have great fun Lee! Decorating a bedroom is my absolute favourite thing, better than any other room.

The challenge is that it needs to work for both occupants, so I think we put our best powers of persuasion to the test here, if you get my drift! As an aside, where do the paint Companies get these names, I mean honestly Hog Bristle - yuk a thousand times!
Millie ^_^

ness lockyer said...

Love this post. A few weeks ago I bought a sample pot of half strength hog bristle for our living room wall, then I thought 'maybe it is too light', now seeing it here...LOVE IT!
I love to use my white linen as the main feature and then add a faded stripe in cushions or Euro pillow and a faded floral somewhere too...best of everything but not too loud. It is a restful place after all =)
Ness xx

LaurenFaythe said...

I bet you wake up saying aahhhh! It looks so refreshing and serene.

I'm also in the middle of painting my own bedroom, going from dark to white. Can't wait till I finish!

Jacky said...

Be brave Lee.... even if you dabble with stripes,patterns, florals in lovely neutral tones for a start.

I love the two photos from Toast! The splash of colour (that me).

Jacky xox

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