A few months ago I shared my bedframe makeover with you. Many of you commented on how pretty the "wallpaper" behind the bed was. Well, I have a confession to make. It wasn't wallpaper at all.
Today I'm going to share with you what that thing behind the bed was and how I was able to easily warm up a room with fabric.
This is what the room had looked like for many years. It's a spare room but also pretty stark. The "headboard" is actually a piece of plywood. I had wrapped it with an old comforter and stapled that on. And then I had covered it with the plaid fabric. It was that simple.
I did this to give the room some much needed color and also add a bit of warmth. And at the time I was trying to add cohesiveness to the beds which were not a set.
And no, painting the room was not an option. Usually my go-to solution is paint but we had painted the room and it was clean. No reason to go painting it again. I have lots of other things to paint.
Here is a photo of the room a few days ago. The pretty fabric you saw on the first photo is in fact a duvet cover. I had used it for staging only. Shhh, I'm giving blogger secrets away. But in reality, it had no business being there.
Once I had painted the bed frame and the dresser, it no longer looked right. The red clashed with the soft green. I think the only time I could get away with this combination was at Christmastime.
My solution was to change the cover of the headboard.
But that was the hardest part for me. I searched through my fabric stash and found this pretty floral but it was the wrong green.
I even tested this geometric which I had used to stage the fabulous Ikea desk makeover. However it was too bold for a bedroom. No one would get any rest with those vivid colors?
And then it clicked! Back when I first started blogging, I had made a wall hanging using a pretty fabric to place over my bed. You see, here in earthquake prone Greece we have to be careful what we put on the walls over the beds. I found some of the fabric but I didn't have enough. Not to worry, I covered the whole piece with a neutral wool fabric, of which I had plenty.
Here you can see that I just stapled it in a haphazard way over the red plaid. No one will know what goes on in the back.
Like I said, I didn't have enough of the fabric to cover the whole piece so I just draped it, making sure to center it. A few staples in the back and a couple on the bottom front and I was done.
And this is how it looks in the bedroom.
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Here you can see how nice it looks next to the green furniture.
It has a calming effect in the bedroom.
And you know me, if I get bored with it, I can just switch it out with another piece of fabric. Just like I will do with those striped curtains.
It even looks great next to the wooden chair.
And there you have it. A simple and easy way to add color and warm up a room with fabric, without having to paint it. Did I pick the right fabric or were the other selections better?
What is your go to solution when you want to add color to a room?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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