ORC Master Bedroom Week 3: The Bed

The Bed

Y’all, this challenge is just rolling on by!  Where has the time gone?! It feels like we just started, and here we are three weeks in.  If you’re new here, just scroll on down to the bottom of this post for links to what’s been happening so far (oh, and WELCOME! I’m so glad you’re here!).

Let’s talk about the bed.  The big, gigantic, ever so important bed.  When we lived in a smaller house with a much smaller master bedroom, we needed to majorly maximize storage, and ended up having this bed base made by a local carpenter (if you’re around Brevard, NC and need something built, check out Giving Tree).  I had looked at retail options, but none quite fit what we were looking for.  Pottery Barn does have a similar one.

I wanted to put a fresh coat of paint on the bed base, which is easy enough to do when you remove the drawers and doors.  I’ll share more on the color I chose in a bit.

The Headboard

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned how low the ceiling in this room is.  It’s a disappointing (or shall I say cozy) 7 feet 6 inches.  One of my goals in decorating the room is to employ techniques that make that ceiling appear higher.

The drapes will help since they will run practically to the ceiling to create lots of vertical height.  With the wide king sized headboard, I wanted to create a long straight horizontal line, as low as possible, to suggest lots of space on the wall between the headboard and the ceiling.  Does that make sense?

So, I designed a super simple squared headboard, just tall enough to peek over the pillows.  I’ve already shared the general fabric plan with you.  I had initially decided to use a lovely navy wool with little white dots.  I was going to paint the bed base navy to match.  But, y’all.  It just seemed so DARK and blah.

My fabric search continued and I stumbled on the most gorgeous wool plaid.  It had all of the colors from the room, helping to really pull the plan together:  the navy of the club chairs and the brown from the drapes, with a nice dose of cream.  (That navy and brown botanical animal print worked perfectly, too…must find somewhere to use that!)

I constructed the headboard myself, and I have to admit I wish I had enlisted a pro upholsterer.  I think the flaws will be less obvious once the room is finished and everything is in place.  I’ll spare you the details and encourage you to find a trusted upholsterer to make your own headboard!

But, I do LOVE the fabric, and the headboard definitely brings warmth, coziness, and color to the room.

Back to the bed base, I decided to choose a color that would be richer than the walls, but still a fairly light neutral.  My large color boards saved the day (as they always do!). They make it so very easy to see the best color for the situation.

Below you can see the drapery fabric draped on the left, the headboard fabric at the top, and the carpet at the bottom, which is super important to consider. The wall color is propped on the right side under the plaid (Soft Chamois), and the future bed color is propped on the left (Ballet White).

Bonus Tip

When considering elements for a room, it’s uber important to place the pieces on the plane on which they will live…flooring is flat, vertical surfaces should be propped up.  This goes for fabrics, flooring, window treatments, cabinet doors, back splash, etc.

Now for a look at the updated mood board.  The gorgeousness of the plaid does not translate at all in this image, eh?  Just trust me…it’s divine!

There you have it, folks!  Next week I’ll be back with more updates!

Important Links:

One Room Challenge

The media sponsor for this incredibly fun and inspiring event is Better Homes and Gardens.

I will link each week below as the challenge progresses:

My October 2018 ORC Posts:  Week 1: The Befores  | Week 2: The Plan  |  Week 3: You are here! | Week 4: Lighting and Art | Week 5:  The Bedding | Week 6:  The Reveal

The Guest Participant Link-ups:  Week 1 | Week 2  |  Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

Featured Designers for October 2018:

At Home with Ashley | Brepurposed | Dabito The English Room

Erin Kestenbaum | Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design

Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt  | Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage

Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Vestige Home

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer

Sita Montgomery | SMP Living

And, if you’d like to check out my April 2018 ORC, those posts are here:

Week 1 Befores | Week 2 Wallpaper | Week 3 Mirror | Week 4 Sink Skirt | Week 5 Storage | Week 6 Reveal

October 17, 2018



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