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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