Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunset Style

Last time I introduced summertime-inspired art and talked about building a room concept around it. My original plan was to create a few completely different concepts using those art pieces as a jumping off point (which will happen soon). I wanted to show how art might inspire a look, but is also flexible to different audiences and expressions of personal style.

In thinking about concept options, I realized that I have an actual example of a room built around a summertime art piece in my house.

I've had this pastel for years and almost got rid of it... sentiment saved it. I do really love the colors, so decided to give it a home above a pale silvery-gray dresser in my bedroom. At some point, I'd like to frame it, but for now the canvas works. In general, I personally tend to like blues and greens, and anything reminiscent of the beach when it comes to color, texture and styling. Nothing wrong with being reminded of vacation everyday.

So I ran with it and here's where we are right now...

The throw pillows on the bed pull all the beachy, sunset-inspired colors from the pastel and give a nice pop to the muted blue-green walls. The white bedding feels fresh, but casual, with the pinched-pleat texture. The comforter came with a white skirt, but it felt too matchy and sterile-looking, so I swapped in an olive green bed skirt for contrast and to give the look some visual weight.

Because the room is on the small side and the bed is placed in front of the window, I decided to treat the far corner as a center point and use one panel on each window (rather than a set) pulled to either side to create a frame and allow the bed to be the focal point. The sea foam green color of the panels pairs nicely with the walls to create an airy feeling and the monochromatic color combination gives the impression of a larger space.

I'm considering painting the sleigh bed frame at some point. The wood tone works with the scheme and the flooring, but it's not my favorite. I just haven't decided on a color (I'm open to suggestions!)... or told my husband, yet. Though at this point, I think he's used to the constantly-evolving nature of our house and nothing surprises him.

I'd love a large colorful, patterned area rug to replace the small accent rugs. I've got that in the back of my mind and when I see it, I'll know it.

Until next time...


  1. Room looks great! Did you do that pastel?

  2. Thanks so much! I did do that pastel... and I have a love/hate relationship with it. Right now, it's love ;)