Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Challenge To Myself - Creating a Neutral Master Bedroom

I've really been inspired by neutrals lately. I've always been drawn to warm colors - greens, reds, yellows - colors in nature. But I'd like to create a neutral space in our home, and I think going with a neutral color scheme in our master would be a great place to try it out. I haven't really ever lived with or created a neutral space so this is definitely going to be a challenge and a great learning experience.

I'll show you what initially got me thinking about this…

This is a mixed media piece of artwork that we had purchased 2 years ago at the Manayunk Arts Festival. It's currently hanging above our bed and I really love it and so happy we purchased it. The colors in it are warm neutrals - black, taupe, clay, cream. This is what got me thinking about doing the room entirely in neutrals (do it, Holly, do it).

And this is where I'm thinking about going with it right now - just some rough ideas…

I'd like to add a nice upholstered headboard to anchor the room. 

Pillows with various textures will be key. I've chosen a graphic pillow by Therese Marie Designs, a black metallic velvet and cream linen (again, texture!) with grosgrain ribbon detail, and a cream velour pillow by CCDeuxVie all from Etsy.

This great Provence Market basket from Ballard will corral all of my shoes, and the throw will be a nice add for the bottom of the bed or thrown over the armchair I'd like to add to the room at some point.

We're also in the market for new nightstands and the simplicity of the Reilly nightstand interests me.

This plan will develop further (as it always does) as I start making some definitive choices, but you can get the idea. With a neutral palette, texture, texture, texture is the name of the game. I'm also still thinking about things like bedding and furniture/storage.

We're also in desperate need of a new lighting scheme. I'd love to use this Titan sconce from Home Depot on either side of the bed, but the layout of our bedroom does not allow for it (for now). Isn't it pretty?

What type of color person are you?

I also want to thank everyone who has taken the time to comment. I realize that it's not always easy to go through the word verification but it's very much appreciated. I actually don't find it burdensome at all but I know it deters people from leaving comments. I've thought installing Comment Luv but it's going to take a little time to do that. Are you familiar with Comment Luv? I've seen it on a few blogs and think it's an easy way to comment and also links a current post so also very reader friendly too.


  1. I've always been such a fan of that painting, and I think the ideas you've pulled together around it are gorgeous - very sophisticated and calm. I also really like the scones from Home Depot - for some reason I'm always surprised by what gems you can find there!

  2. I, too, toy with creating a calming neutral space with lots of texture, but, I dunno, it seems harder to pull off, as if decorating with "color" is somehow easier. And you're definitely heading in the right direction with CCDeuxVie's pillow paired with mine. Looking good!

  3. Yummy combo driven by that gorgeous painting! Love the textures and layers you have pulled together and the nightstand is a stunner. BTW the pillow with the grosgrain is a favorite.

  4. I am definitely a neutral girl. The master bedroom is the perfect place for a calm and serene palette and that painting is the perfect inspiration.

  5. I love love love the mix of neutrals, and love the piece of art you used as your starting point. Go for it! That basket is great....

  6. Excellent choices all around, Holly. I think that, down the road, if you decide to add another accent color, the existing neutral base will be the perfect complement.

    Plus, that sconce from Home Depot is fantastic. Home Depot? Who would have thought!?!?

  7. Hi Holly! I'm having so much fun catching up with your blog! I can't believe that sconce is from HD. Love it! So glad things are going well for you and I'm really excited to see more of your progress on your house.

  8. Gorgeous plan, Holly. I generally like a lot of color around the house, except for in my bedroom. Soft & soothing is the only way to go!

  9. I agree with having a neutral master bedroom. It is about contrast for me - the rest of our house is rather colorful and bold.