A view of our bedroom, and a plea for help!

Approximately two weeks ago, my husband was on vacation, and he asked me if I “had any projects” that he could do.  He should know better than to ask me that.  So the next day, we promptly went to Lowe’s and purchased two gallons of paint.  I posted some “before” pictures of our bedroom and also a picture of our new paint color.

I wanted to do my usual “look at me, it is all done” post when the bedroom was done, but honestly, I’m stumped.  I love the color that we painted it, Turquoise Tint by Valspar, but I have no clue on what to do for the rest of the room.

We have a pretty small bedroom, and our wall space is quite awkward.  We had one wall with a very large sliding glass door on it, one short wall which has our TV mounted, a wall with our closet, and another large blank wall.  Our bed, which is a California King only fits on the large blank wall.

I have not put anything back on the walls, except for the TV. We are starting fresh. I am just using our white down comforter right now as a bedspread, until we figure everything out.

And FYI, it was impossible to photograph the color right. It looks different in every picture.  The actual color is a tad brighter than the turquoise in my blog’s background

Master Bedroom, large wall..

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I will list some of the things that are “must keeps” here, as I don’t have an unlimited budget.

  • Bed Frame, black metal from Crate and Barrel.
  • Dresser, and nighstands.
  • Television.

I have a few ideas, but I need some other suggestions, as I can’t make an independent decision myself, and my husband is tired of hearing about all of this.

  • Get new curtains, possibly a darker color like charcoal or black and use a white sheer behind them.
  • Paint the dresser and nightstands, black or another color, with new hardware.
  • Swing arm lamps to mount over the nightstands, or above the bedposts, as this room can get dark.
  • Some kind of picture or sign above the bed.
  • A new ceiling fan, with a light.
  • Bedding, that pulls in the black, white, and turquoise, but not too turquoise.

Remember, I’m not breaking the bank with this. WE (I say we, because well it will be my husband doing a lot of manual labor while I give orders), are OK with DIY or projects.  We have tools, and access to large hardware stores.  We had Target bedding before, and it was great for six years.

Remember, I LOVE color.  I wouldn’t have painted the bedroom BRIGHT turquoise if I didn’t like bold color.  I want to blend in more colors besides, black, white and turquoise, possibly red?

Please HELP me decorate my Master Bedroom!

30 comments
Carole Neal
Carole Neal

First of all I LOVE the color. I think the coral/orange looks amazing as an accent with turquoise (I like red too, but I like coral even better). I love what you have done so far. nice work!

Jo @ To a Pretty Life
Jo @ To a Pretty Life

Wow, what a bright colour! It's great! I think the first thing to be done is to lose anything tan. You need clear, crisp colours to go with that turquoise. Black or Brown, along with lots of White, is a great starting point. From there you could pretty much pick any accent colour. Red or coral is what I would chose. I think the dresser colour, although on the tan side, is still crisp enough to stay if you don't want to paint them (all those knot holes may bleed through your paint.) All that said, I really don't know what I'm talking about. But the tan really jumped out at me when I saw the pictures. And I LOVE turquoise ;-) I'm visiting for the first time from The Inspired Room Inspiring Finds tumblr.

Kara
Kara

I'm not a master decorator by any means, but I do love a good DIY project. Red and turquoise is popular right now, and I've seen several gorgeous rooms in that color combo. Since your walls are a bright color, I'd just use splashes of red. Maybe spray paint the lamp bases red and add some red/turquoise rosettes or trim to the shades. I like the idea of painting the dressers charcoal and getting charcoal curtains. You could use colorful knobs and curtain tie backs. If you can't find colorful bedding you love, you could go with neutral and add fun pillows in red and turquoise. And there are so many awesome possibilities for that large wall space that I don't even know where to start. Can't wait to see the finished result, whatever you decide to do. :)

Lynda
Lynda

I love the color too! This is already more decorated than my bedroom has ever been, even as a child! LOL. I would probably add tons of photos, but I'm clueless on anything else!

Krystina/lollipops
Krystina/lollipops

i LOVE everything about it Julie! nice work! i have been fuming jealous at this gorgeous color you have. and now i am so happy for you, it looks fabulous in your room!

ManWifeDog
ManWifeDog

First of all I LOVE the color. I'm sucker for bright colors. Please don't ever change it, it's gorgeous! As for what to put on the wall, I don't know your styles, but to me when I saw it it was just screaming for black and white man and woman silhouettes in frames above the bed. They would REALLY pop on the wall!

Natalie
Natalie

Apparently we have VERY similar tastes! We had a bedroom painted that color before the twins were born, we have the same furniture, and that same fan outside under one of our palapas! As for help decorating? I'm the wrong person to ask ;)

Jen
Jen

Have you seen Blik wall graphics? They are awesome, and a very low commitment way to make some high-impact changes (www.whatisblik.com). You can email me if you want to see what I've done with ours. Red would be a great accent color, but you need some neutral to keep the room from looking circusy. (I love the wall color, but you need some grounding.) Black & white is great, but I like the natural colors you already have. Bring in some pattern and an accent with the duvet. West Elm has some great duvet covers, and Crate & Barrel is always a great place for bedding.

liz
liz

The turquoise is pretty intense, so if there is any in the bedspread, I think it would be best just to be an accent. I think painting the furniture black to match the bed frame and off set the walls, would be good. You seem to have a lot of "island" inspiration with the blue and the ceiling fan...would you use that as a cue as far as decorating goes?

newlywedsnextdoor
newlywedsnextdoor

I love turquoise, chocolate brown, and white! Our bedroom is turquoise, chocolate, and white -- here it is -- http://www.newlywedsnextdoor.com/2009/07/show-us-where-you-live-friday-on.html I think you should paint or stain the other furniture chocolate/espresso. And the curtains should be either dark brown or white or both. I like a white bedspread -- maybe that has a bit of color as trim but mainly white. I think the coral/orange looks amazing as an accent with turquoise (I like red too, but I like coral even better). Also a bright green looks nice as accent. There is some fun art you can get that has "sunset" elements that might look really nice with oranges and turquoise in it. I love turquoise!!!

Crikey mUm
Crikey mUm

LOVE the color. white, dark silver and dark brown (wood) go perfectly with turquoise, therefore I would leave the bed and do the following: 1. Paint the bed side tables white. 2. Accent the room with frames (dark silver/dark wood/white). Remember ODD numbers in groups is more aesthetically pleasing. 3. change the lamp shades to white. 4. Bedspread: Perhaps a white with dark grey/silver swirls, some turquoise and dark brown accent pillows. 5. Add some fresh plants in dark wood colored holders. 6. Curtains: White with dark grey/silver swirls or at least accented ties. I am jealous as I love this color scheme. Good luck.

Debbie
Debbie

I love what you have done so far. Personally with the blue on the walls it has a tropical feel, so I think the ceiling fan works. For some fun accents visit TPT Home in Costa Mesa (off Hyland). They have some AMAZING things that could tie it all in together and a colorful chandelier that would work in your scheme. If nothing else it would give you some great ideas. They're also suprisingly affordable. Good luck...you're off to a great start!

Emily faliLV
Emily faliLV

Turquoise and red is fantastic together. I think you should do Charcoal too - So can you paint the dresser charcoal and by some yummy red knobs like: http://www.myknobs.com/sir106114.html or http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-plastic-door-knobs-dresser-pulls-red-blu or http://www.etsy.com/listing/67994266/6-bird-knobs-in-cherry-red-cottage-chic?ref=sr_gallery_3&ga_ref=auto&ga_search_query=red+knobs&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade Then do the charcoal curtains and maybe accent with Red Tie-backs. As far as wall art, something like this would be adorable and peaceful. http://www.etsy.com/listing/59810676/cherry-flower-63inch-wide-wall-art-home?ref=sr_gallery_11&ga_shopname=careyleigh007&ga_search_query=red+wall+art&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade OR http://www.etsy.com/listing/58732592/on-sale-item-vinyl-wall-decal-birds-on?ref=sr_gallery_30&ga_shopname=careyleigh007&ga_search_query=red+wall+art&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade OR http://www.etsy.com/listing/67053720/puzzled-no1-modern-wood-wall-sculpture?ref=sr_gallery_40&ga_shopname=careyleigh007&ga_search_query=red+wall+art&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade SORRY - This was fun!!

Tonya
Tonya

I LOVE turquoise and RED together...since you are NOT afraid of color I would accent with white and red...maybe paint the nightstands red, or white curtains with touches of red in them, could keep the white comforter and add fun red, turquoise pillows....lots of fun accessories could add to the room as well ;-)

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

Hmmmm, the turquoise on your blog is really muted compared to the picture of your bedroom. I really like the contrast of white (ceiling, doors) against the color and I'm a sucker for wood (Love the dressers)...what about keeping the bedframe & it looks like the dresser hardware matches that as well as the curtain rod. Slate color drapes with white sheers, slate colored lampshades. If you want lamps over the bed I think it was LTD that had some cool sconces that had half lamp shades. I've also changed black metal hardware on lamps, a clock & some living room pieces by using a glaze over them (from JoAnn's) so they look more burnished & not matte black. A friend has a room that is half burgundy it's accented with turquoise, deep colonial blue, yellow & white. The yellow is the only thing that looks odd. & for above the bed what about those sayings that can be put on walls I was at either Target or Bed, Bath & Beyond & there was a bed set that had turquoise in it; it was swirly & had dots. I of course can't find it now; but here are some others I found http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=121723&RN=27& http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/City-Scene-Retro-Radar-Mini-Duvet-Cover-Set/3160341/product.html http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/English-Garden-6-pc-California-King-Duvet-Cover-and-Insert-Set/5562740/product.html Just ideas; I can't wait to see what you do with it

Lynda
Lynda

I agree - I think those colors would look gorgeous in this room.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Not sure about the island inspiration. I'm pretty much over that now. Maybe I just read too many blogs...with all of their great ideas.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I forgot about all of the fab blues and turquoises in your home. I love it. I'm either going with yellow or red as an accent with all my black.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thanks for the ideas...I'm still perplexed. I think it is because we have a California King bed, which is a pain.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I love TPT Home. I haven't been there in awhile. I need to go visit there..

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

You are such an enabler....love the idea of red...must research more!!!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Brown and turquoise is a very good combo too. I'm looking into everything right now. The comforter that you linked, is very pretty.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Great ideas. I think we will do some kind of black or primer color for the lamp base. The husband already mentioned that. I think I am going to incorporate more charcoal into my theme. Love the bedding selections that you sent.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I don't quilt, but I love Amy Butler fabrics. I need to add quilting onto my "life list" that I haven't created yet.

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