One room, six ways!

One year ago this month, I shared a blog post about our master bedroom and its 5 different looks over the past 5 years.  My goal was to illustrate that change doesn't have to be big, to have an impact. 

Today I am sharing that original blog post, but have added yet another room change, which you'll see at the end.  The pictures are in chronological order so you can see how style can evolve over time.....

1.  Gallery wall.   This was during my gallery wall obsession.  While I still love and appreciate a great gallery wall, there are currently none in our house.   That doesn't mean I'll never go back though!  The walls in this picture were "khaki",  the color they were when we moved in....


2.  Spa:   The picture below is from the same vantage point as the picture above,  just a larger view.  I like the serene and "spa-like" aesthetic.  The gallery wall concept remained,  but is simpler.  I apparently loved grays and whites (and still do)!   The pop of red is nice.

3.  Teal/yellow Room:  In the third example below, the room is re-arranged, with the bed between the windows. This is a difficult room to arrange due to its narrow, rectangular shape, and options are limited to only two.  The big change here is the bed frame, which was updated using white paint and the addition of stained wood/pine boards.  

The wall color was also changed to a versatile gray.  (Smooth Stone, by Sherwin Williams), with teal and yellow accent colors.  I spray painted a pair of lamp bases yellow for the "new" color scheme. Window treatments were changed from a solid light blue to a white and navy pattern.  

photo quality dark. Sorry! 

photo quality dark. Sorry! 

4.  Light and Fresh:  Below, you see the picture above the bed was replaced with a giant navy sunburst mirror.  Wall color remained. Window panels remained.  New accent colors: navy and pink/coral.  A few simple changes with decor and color, and the room is different!    A gold bar cart was added to the foot of the bed. Bar carts aren't just for booze! They can provide a fun, non-traditional use for something that adds personality to any room.   I kept the lamps, but spray painted the bases metallic gold. Good-bye yellow. 

This photo below shows the full room well (please disregard the person sitting in it!) 

5.  Christmas touch:  Below, an art canvas has replaced the navy sunburst mirror.  Window panels; unchanged. Bedding; a simple swap for a green comforter that I already had.   My motivation for that swap was the Christmas season....because who doesn't want a little Christmas in every room?   The brass bar cart at the foot of the bed was replaced with a painted cedar chest for storage. 

6.  Simple and serene:  Since the original post was written (January 2016), the room has undergone another change (shocker!)  Here is how it happened: 

1. Relocated the bed back to the other wall

2. Painted the wall behind the bed blue

3. Added new art (DIY project!) 

4. Added an accent pillow (wish I could say it was a DIY.....Target)

5.  Added a small dresser (thrifted item!) which also serves as a nightstand. (love multi-purpose pieces!).  No paint brush touched this dresser ( I liked it as is), but I did spray paint the hardware gold.  Very easy change! 

6. Switched the lamp bases for navy blue ones I already had!  The same lampshades were used. 

And that's how you make changes (small and/or big) to a single room for a fresh new look! Whether you want big change or small, the details add up, and even a tiny tweak to a single detail (like painting your lamp bases!) can re-fresh your room and help you change course. 

Do you have a room in your home that is forever changing?  Not only can it be fun, but it allows your evolving tastes to be showcased from year to year.  

It's a new year, why not try something new in your room!  Have fun with it, and remember nothing is permanent! Make changes until you love it.  

Happy room-changing!  

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