My bedroom has looked embarrassingly bare for the first several months that I’ve been in this apartment. I don’t know what it is about bedrooms that are so hard to finalize for me. It’s such an intimate and private space that I 1. don’t feel much urgency to get it done since not many people see it a lot and 2. it’s difficult to design a space that’s both inspiring and calming enough to sleep in.
But this past weekend, I got my ass moving and decided to do something about it. Admittedly, I originally went to Ikea to get a new couch. I didn’t need it and looking back now I’m glad it ended up not being in stock. I’m always trying to buy new shit I don’t need. But since I was at the store, I thought I might as well take advantage and get a couple of things to get my bedroom together.
the vision: moody jewel tone
For the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with moody jewel tone bedrooms. There’s something so glamorous and lush about the drama and texture. While it’s not something that I would necessarily want in the rest of my house, for the bedroom, it’s perfect. Dramatic enough to make a statement, yet dreamy enough to help me relax.
The main thing that I knew I wanted was lots of velvet texture. Luckily, I already had my navy velvet quilt that I got from Target last year (for only $50!). So that was a perfect start.
So my next move was to find a headboard. And I wasn’t sure I wanted a typical headboard — mostly because of price. But I also wanted to see if I could do something more creative. And so when I was at Ikea and saw these thick velvet curtains, I knew my next move.
I decided to create a mock “headboard” out of the curtain. It immediately added such a grand aesthetic to the room. And it gave me my major accent color: gold/mustard.
Now for those of you who know that I went to University of Michigan (and our colors are maize and blue), no, I didn’t do it on purpose. And yes, it did make me stop and pause about if I made the right decision. But ultimately, I decided I do love it. And I’m planning to add some more little pops of emerald green and deep purple to take away from the U of M-ness and add to the moody jewel tone -ness.
For the real homey homies here, you know that the pictures I hung next to my bed used to be in my office. But I ended up getting some new art for the office (update coming soon!) and figured these collages looked better in my room.
The gold frames, rich colors, and kinda luxurious themes fit perfectly with the vibe I was going for. And they looked perfect with this tiny little mushroom-shaped bedside lamp that I found at Ikea for only $10!
my styling area
Every single piece of furniture here was used when I got it. The mirror was $8 from a garage sale. The dresser I grabbed from the side of the dumpster in my apartment complex and refurbished (ignore the fact that there are no upper drawer handles, I’m still waiting on them). And the clothing rack is something secondhand that I got years ago.
I wanted this to be like a little getting ready area where I can finish off my outfits with jewelry, sunglasses, and perfume. There’s definitely a lot more that I can do with it, including maybe a sunglass holder and a tray for my perfumes. But I’m satisfied with the start.
And the setup to the right of my bed has literally been the same for the last 2 years, but if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. And the scarf draped over the mirror stand fits perfectly into the color scheme.
mostly done, but not totally
I’m so relieved to finally not feel underwhelmed about showing my room to people! But some small changes are still going to be made:
- a new, cozy rug
- a bedskirt, because that shit looks so trashy
- some more jewel toned throw pillow covers and blankets
- some finalizations to the styling area
Stay tuned for those updates eventually. But overall, though, I’m VERY pleased with how it all came together! I’m well on my way to the moody jewel tone room of my dreams. Honestly, the curtain made 90% of the difference. So I’d highly recommend that headboard hack.
keep it homey, homies