Setting the mood in the bedroomPosted: July 23, 2012
When I dreamed of what our bedroom would look like, I couldn’t think of much else besides the sea.
We met on a cruise ship, where Rolan was finishing his study to become a maritime officer. Rolan went to school near the sea on an island in Holland called Terschelling. Our first vacation was to an island off the coast of Holland where we camped in a tent and “swam” (brr!) in the North Sea. Rolan loves fishing and even keeps an aquarium. Besides all that, we both love the sea and feel calm and at peace when we are near it. It only followed that our bedroom should bring us those same feelings of serenity.
My design for the bedroom actually started with a bright orange velvet curtain as its foundation, hoping that the orange would remind us of the sky at sunset in the picture above. But when we borrowed some orange velvet curtains from Rolan’s uncle, I felt like the orange was just a bit… too much for the room. It wasn’t serene or calm. It was more like the feeling I’d imagine you’d have if you ate a package of cookies, downed a Red Bull and then jumped into a pool full of ice water.
Little bit of a jolt there.
So I went back to the drawing board where the textiles were concerned and this, I am happy to say, is one mood board I have been consistently happy with for just over a week:
So, without further ado, the breakdown:
- Rolan has had his heart set on having steel pipe curtain rods because it’s a.) inexpensive, b.) “cool-looking” and c.) strong enough to span the entire width of our bedroom without sagging in the middle or needing a center support bracket. I like it much better than those track systems and I do think it will “man-up” this bedroom a little. Win-win-win.
- The Ikea Maskros lamp. I’ve dreamed of the day when my bedroom could have one of these babies. I don’t even care that it’s everywhere nowadays. I think it’s beautiful and simple and, if its popularity is any indication, the public is nodding in agreement with me.
- Ikea Premiär picture. I don’t know if this is the exact picture we’ll hang, but I do know that I want something big, beachy and with a lot of that beautiful turquoise you see in this picture.
- Chiasso flock wall art set. I wanted something reflective in this room, because it’s a little on the small side. I think any little touches of mirror that we can add will do wonders to amp up the light in the room. I like these little bird mirrors because it stays true to the beach feel, can be hung anywhere in the room and is also a nod to one of Rolan’s grandfathers, who photographed birds as a hobby.
- Our bedroom is severely lacking in clothes storage and I’m pretty sure we’ve nailed down the Ikea PAX system as our weapon of choice to eliminate that problem. Rolan really loved the look and feel of the Pax Birkeland white door and I’m inclined to agree with him.
- Ikea Henny Väv duvet cover. This duvet cover was in our favorite bedroom in the showroom at the store. Rolan bought it for me as a Welcome Home surprise after my last trip home. I really love how much texture is in the pattern. From far away it looks grey and closer it looks white. It’s the best of both worlds.
- I plan to bring in a lot of color and pattern with the pillows on the bed, starting with this beautiful Cotton Starfish pillow at Delinda Boutique’s Etsy shop.
- The nautical colors and shapes in these pillows from Posh Street Pillows Etsy shop will bring pops of orange, turquoise and navy into the bed.
- I’ve already mentioned my intense LOVE for these prints from Seaside Prints. Here I picked 5 that would coincide just perfectly in this bedroom.
- There is A LOT of light coming into our bedroom at night from the garden outside so we went with these beautiful and heavy dark blue Ikea Sanela curtains. Luckily, we found all three of our curtains in the bargain bin at the end of Ikea, so we saved a BUNDLE on these curtains!
- I love how this Ikea Ofelia blanket calls to mind the soft sea foam you see on the beach. It looks comfy and warm, too!
- This Ikea Branäs laundry basket has a beachy feel to it thanks to the handwoven rattan exterior. And it’s big enough to hold a lot of dirty laundry!
- This rug is very reminiscent of a water ripple and I like that it’s neutral with just a hint of blue instead of the other way around. This Ikea Eivor Cirkel rug should be a nice, soft feeling on our toes in the morning.