So Beach Cottage ladies, if you read Barley’s fanpage you will know I sneaked in some new bedding recently
….yes this is another post where I have foofed…
As you know this bedroom has recently been spruced up, really that meant that it was re-painted white, I mix my own Beach Cottage white now which suits the light coming in and the feel I like, but if you are looking for a nice easy, good value white, Dulux Whisper White is hard to beat…
I have had a few emails about how the bedroom freshen up went (find that post here if you missed it)…well really there isn’t too much to show, because it’s white again (!) and it felt that way to me once it was all finished…that’s what happens when you love the colour of a room so much that you don’t change it!
But I did want a new look to this room and am right now on the hunt for new wardrobes, I have finally come to the realisation that I cannot pretend that an old, rescued from the side of the road wardrobe can amply fulfill my needs any longer, I need to find a better wardrobe solution
but a new look? well the best way to get that is to change the bedding…good for the pocketbook too!
Along the way with decorating, I have found that layering in the bedroom is key…take a look at any home decor shop and those faux made up beds and you will see layering going on left, right and centre…here’s one from IKEA with no less than 8 pillows on the bed. Excessive? Not for me! (see the Beach Cottage Guide to Shopping IKEA here too)
My bedroom is the one place in this cottage that I do try to keep together (I am well aware that some people think this old cottage is a white show home, but remember I only show you the good bits…I have 3 BUSY kiddos here people, one especially causes me a lot of taxi driving, it is not perfect here a lot of the time) - I like to make my bed and foof it most days, I try to keep my nightstand tidy and clean and I try not to drop clothes all over the floor…Mr Beach Cottage would be, if he read this blog guffawing and eye rolling right now at that, but I do try…
There is just something about having a bed that is comforting and inviting (no matter what your taste in style or colour) that helps at the end of the day when it has all gotten too much…and layering up and changing your bedding is one of the best value, easy quick and simple ways to improve the place you hang out…(that’s my excuse for being a serial linen buyer and I am sticking to it, ok?)
If you’ve been with me for a while, you will know that I change my bedroom quite a bit, I like that…but really, it’s not a case of being obsessed, more that if you stick to one main base colour, preferably neutral (guess what colour mine is? ;-) ) you can just about change the look every time you change the bed…
7 Easy Tips for Bedroom Style
(with a hint of beach decor / coastal style)
1. stick to one main palette and then add in a pop of colour
2. add a pattern for some personality
(here polka dots for pattern & cushion cover, colour from flowers)
3. layer up quilts, sheets, doonas & throws – a bed that is ready & welcoming not stiff & stuffy
4. add texture, texture, texture
5. pile on the cushions for comfort and colour
6. for a coastal look, add a nautical / beach stripe
7. introduce one key nautical piece (an oar, shell, piece of coral etc) – avoid the themed look ;-)
I put together some images here of other looks my poor suffering bedroom has gone through …just click to view! (some quite different looks, all very beach cottage / beach decor with a bit of vintage coastal style thrown in, but all using the same pieces of furniture, all thrifted vintage or budget too and changing up the linen/layering).
Now tell me, is your bedroom a place you love, or does it need a bit of layering?
p.s. don’t miss yesterday’s sparkles from the ocean post
and of course do I need to tell you that Barley blogged ;-)