Lately I've been feelin' reeeeeal itchy. (Not like I've got head lice or scabies or anything like that, silly.)
I've been craving more bold color and pattern in my home, but if you know anything about me, you'll know I am deathly afraid of color. Afraid of making another mistake. And I'm certainly afraid of risky patterns.
I've made so many mistakes in the past regarding paint decisions I am severely embarrassed to say to my husband, "I think we should try out a dark green in our bedroom." Because I already said that about the navy blue, the blue-green gray, the greenish-gold, and now our overly blue-grayish bedroom.
(It's that new pretty duvet! Ever since I brought it home and put it on my bed our room has felt entirely too blue.)
And my storage closet is full of unused curtains that I purchased or made, only to discard them for plain old twin sheets I turned into drapes on the cheap. All because I'm afraid of the risky pattern or color.
Our bedroom needs a punch of color - it is seriously so drab. I always thought I wanted my bedroom to be Bright & Airy, almost spa-like, but unless we cut through our left side exterior wall and install a window, it is NOT going to be Bright & Airy. So what do you do when you have a room lacking natural light?
You hug those shadows with a deep shade of color!
Here's my current inspiration: Chez V with her One Room Challenge! The first time I laid eyes on this room i literally gasped out loud! It has everything a girl could ever want.... a little chintz, but not too much, a cheetah print (in the form of a ceramic figure), pink & orange artwork, a crystal chandelier, pretty linens, and a deep shade on the walls, and textured bamboo shades. Ahhhhhhhh.
I mean, isn't it just wonderful?! This room also reminds me of Emily Henderson's old Guest Room. I remember when she first posted the progress on this space and I remember thinking how pretty and shiny the semi-gloss paint was on the walls:
I also LOVE the deeper, more neutrality of this room, which feels richer and more sophisticated because of the textured linen curtains, the fur on the bed, the very muted deep green on the walls, and the glamorous furniture and shiny mirror, courtesy of Rue Magazine:
I mean, doesn't my room look bland to you?
I guess it is feeling "washed out." Oui? It also needs some more layering though art and accessories. Oh, and my bookshelf needs some love, too. It is seriously lacking since I moved all my magazines.
Well, I'll start thinking about some minor changes I can start working on and we'll see where we end up! I'm ready to take risks because 'Brave' is my word for 2014, and since we are already halfway through this year, I need to step up to the ledge and jump off. (You know I meant figuratively, right?)
(I'm also taking risks in my personal life, and I am planning a post about that right now!)
May you embrace some color and patterns in your life : )