A little inspiration so the top of this post doesn’t look like the train wreck that it is. Takeaway from this photo? Black accent wall. Via @Made by Girl
Last week our guest room looked like this. And the week before that, and the week before that. The worst part was I didn’t have a vision, a goal of what I wanted the finished room to look like. Normally, I’m more after a feeling than a certain look anyway, but with four blank walls ready for anything, there were just TOO many possibilities. It was overwhelming so I just kept the door closed. What I needed was a limitation to get the ball rolling.
So I created one.
I remembered that I really did want a black accent wall. So that was my jumping off point. And then, I still had way too many options, I got the new bed and the color was really different from what I expected and I knew I could easily slipcover it or hey, I was even willing to paint it. But, that actually made it worse, too many options. I had no direction.
So I told myself I needed to keep the bed as it was and create a room around that. I needed something to start from. Then everything started coming together, especially once I knew I had a friend coming next week who might actually need to sleep in the bed. I painted that wall black and just to make sure I was gonna like it, I grabbed the headboard and leaned it against the wall. Then I shopped the house for anything of a complementary color that could possibly help me catch a vision for what I want in this room.
And then? I liked it! It was all blush and nude neutral-y and subtle yet striking with the black wall. Yippie! We have a vision!
I then went to Pinterest. I needed to see photos of black walls and also rooms with a pinkish blush color in the room (my bed) to make sure I would like it. So I added to my Guest Room Pin Board.
So here is where we are now. The room is painted. Karrie and I will put the bed together tomorrow and for now, the plan is to keep it that weird color that it is. I actually kind of like it. I grabbed some too short black drapes to see if I would like them in the room–I do, but I need them to be lined and longer, and ideally velvet. The light fixture is begging for mercy, his time will come.
Here’s the other side of the room. I was hoping that chair would work but I think it’s a little too big.
Also, as I was snapping photos of the guest bedroom and its color palette, I couldn’t help but notice what I was wearing. Hello neutrals and blush necklace. Cue Twilight Zone music.
I’m so grateful I had two things to help me get this room started:: limitations and motivation. Usually creating a beautiful space is less about money and smart designers and more about inspiration, confidence and having no choice but to work around a few things.
The time I redid that chair you see in the room: