I recently met with a friend in Philly who was having a hard time making their space feel personal. They have a beautiful, bright, completely renovated home but it needed soft and intimate details to make it really feel their own.
I was given pretty free reign to dream up a space for them with their main request to "make it cozy" and keep it on the more "affordable" side. Below are the two options I came up with including instructions for their space!
OPTION 1 DESIGN INSPO
OPTION 1 DESIGN BOARD
Move your bed to the wall facing the windows. Paint this wall ¾ from the floor up “Nightfall.” Paint the all other walls, and the remaining ¼ “A la mode.” At the point where the paint changes on the statement wall, install a simple shelf all the way across – use this for book storage, knick knacks, photos, etc. It can be a constantly changing display. The sconces are plug in and can be easily installed on either side of the bed just under the bookshelf. A light pattern duvet contrasts against the dark wall, and a neutral curtain pulls it together.
STATEMENT PAINT: Benjamin Moore’s Nightfall
NEUTRAL PAINT: Benjamin Moore’s A la mode
CURTAINS: Pom Pom in Light Gray
NIGHTSTANDS: Livia Nightstand
SCONCE: Aiden Swing Arm Sconce
BEDDING: Georgia Duvet
PLANTER: “Please Don’t Die”
OPTION 2 DESIGN INSPO
OPTION 2 DESIGN BOARD
A warmer, more feminine option. This “Stone Harbor” is a perfect greige (beige-grey) that is very versatile. I partnered it with the quartz, but it would also look great with the navy comforter you already have. I mixed the wicker and metal to show you can mix soft and warm, and it fits with this neutral backdrop. The curtains bring in a great pattern and would match with the grey shades you already have on the window. Large engineer prints would be perfect over your bed, and you can hang with these wooden poster kits.
PAINT: Benjamin Moore “Stone Harbor”
CURTAINS: Geo Print Grommet
NIGHTSTAND: Fairmount Stacking Stool
LAMP: Bamboo Wicker Lamp
SHADE: Wren Lampshade
BEDDING: Weekender Duvet Cover in Quartz
ART: Poster Hanging Kit
I also made a custom Pinterest board with lots of other paint & accessory options. They ended up picking option 1 and are working on making the magic happen on their own while their adorable 1.5 year old son naps. Design doesn't need to be frivolous, overwhelming, or exhausting. Sometimes you just need a little head start, and once you have a clear plan, the project can come along as you have time.
Do you have a space that needs a little "oomph"? I'd love to help! Shoot me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org to get started working together. I can't wait to hear from you!