The Empty Bedroom Wall Dilemma, Part 2

Ahh, June. My birthday week, the Game of Thrones season finale, and some of the most hectic days of work await me.  Best of all, I got to participate in an awesome fundraiser today: a 30-mile bike ride for diabetes research with the American Diabetes Association!  I was a proud member of Team Special K’s, with my amazing dad and husband.  It wasn’t easy, but we had some fun moments along the way.

Like I said in last week’s post, I’ve had some limited timeframes to get things accomplished! Finally, after weeks in the making, we’ve gotten serious about our bedroom decor.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about our sweet garage sale find: the windowframe mirror. After snagging it for a few bucks and busting out my industrial paint sprayer, I finally had a really great accent piece for my empty bedroom wall. As much as I loved it, that wall was still kind of feeling… well…empty.

As much as I love a good gallery wall, I have to say that I was pretty stumped on how we were going to tackle this space. We have an Instagram collage wall above the bed that we put together last summer, so I didn’t want to duplicate design decisions by adding more personal photos. It was time to move out of my comfort zone and spice things up. I started looking at windows on Pinterest, like this one and this one, but most of what I found was pretty simple and didn’t have any complementary art.

Dan and I took a trip to Old Faithful (also known as Target) to get inspired about some decorating decisions. I swear, the way they lay out their store could make anyone want to become an interior decorator. We came across these adorable ceramic flowers on the shelf (above and on the right) for $19.50 each.  They are unfortunately out of stock online, but you might be able to get your hands on some of the last remaining flowers in stores!

I immediately noticed that the flowers perfectly accented our current color scheme: Palladian Blue walls, soft pink and tan accents, and white frames (especially the windowframe mirror!). You may remember a little blog post I shared on our bedroom decor here.  We bought four flowers: two coral pink, one yellow, and one white. The green flower was a little too close to the color of our walls, so we decided to double up on the coral ones.  The flowers were really easy to hang up: we used picture frame hooks and it was done in just a couple of minutes!  We didn’t use any official method of placing the flowers, we just hung them randomly in between the windowframe and the corner of the wall.

Next, Dan and I brainstormed something even more fun: what if we accompanied the ceramic flowers with actual flower prints?  Since I happen to be married to an amateur photographer, we don’t have a shortage of flower photography around here.  In fact, here’s one of a salvia that was taken in our own front yard:

Of course, that’s not all.  We went through Dan’s collection of floral photography and decided on four prints that we really loved in light, bright colors.  We also decided to go all out with our color scheme and made the decision to use – gasp – colored frames!  Like I said earlier, this project has really been pushing me out of my comfort zone.  I decided not to use more white frames since we already have that area covered in our Instagram collage wall and our windowframe mirror.

All of these frames have a different shade of brown in them, which is great because our bedroom currently has different pieces of furniture that are in different tones of brown.  Clockwise from left to right: one is a gray and brown matted frame, the next is an  antique, distressed brown, one is a darker chocolate brown, and one a softer brown.  I actually had three of these frames lying around (okay, they’re in an actual basket full of frames that I have stashed under my desk) and we bought the distressed frame at Target for about $12.  The print in the matted frame is 4×6 and cost less than $1 to print at CVS, whereas the rest were 5x7s and cost a little over $1 each.  Once we printed and framed the flowers, it was time to hang them.

After a discussion on how we wanted to intersperse the frames with the flowers, I decided to cut out the shape of our frames in different pieces of white paper.  I chuckled to myself as I nicknamed each flower with the word “bean” (my nickname for Dan): white bean chili, tall purple bean, big pink bean, and yellow bee-an (there’s bees in that picture).  Wasabi even got in on the action.

After feeling confident in our placement (we used painter’s tape to hang the photos), we measured the distance from the top of the frame to the hook and poked a hole in each paper.  Then we took the paper down, hammered a picture frame hook in the wall, and voila!  Houston, we have a decorated bedroom.

I’m loving the fun that the floral decor brings into the bedroom space.  Light, bright, and summery! What projects have you been up to this weekend?

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