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How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric

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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. 

Bed frame makeover with flowery background, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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.

headboard covered with red plaid fabric, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
The room with the painted bedframe, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com

​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.  

choosing the fabric, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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?
geometric fabric, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
adding a neutral fabric to the plywood, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
stapling the fabric onto the plywood, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
the stapled fabric, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
And this is how it looks in the bedroom. 
Fabric headboard in the room, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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Here you can see how nice it looks next to the green furniture. 
fabric with pretty colors, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
It has a calming effect in the bedroom. 
bedframe with background covered in fabric, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
headboard, pillow and fabric in the background, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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.  
plywood covered in fabric, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
plywood covered in fabric to warm up a bedroom, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
It even looks great next to the wooden chair. 
Plywood covered in fabric to warm up a bedroom, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
Plywood covered in fabric to warm up a bedroom, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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? 

Plywood covered with fabric to warm up a bedroom, How to Easily Warm up a Room with Fabric www.theboondocksblog.com
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Lina

Tuesday 18th of April 2017

Hi Mary, just hopping back to let you know that I featured your room makeover at this week's Sew It Cook It Craft It Link Party.

Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Dear Mary, I love the fabric you've put up on the headboard - just my cup of tea actually. Such a pitty you didn't have any more left. Though it looks great with the original headboard showing at the sides. We cannot put anything above our bed as it's right underneath the pitch of the roof - which is a pitty. Whilst still living alone with the boys I had the most beautiful girlish bedroom with a board above my bed, full with pretty little things a girl cannot do without (Tiffany-ish lamp, frame with Mary Kay cross stitch, jewellery box with painted roses on the surface, a little vase with silk roses,...) - things I had missed during my first marriage. Luckily W doesn't mind my dresser looking pretty much as mentioned above - think he loves my spleens (just think of my obsession for crochet)... Have a lovely week, Marjan

Mary

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Marjan, silly me I had used it years ago to make the wall hanging. Because we can never be too careful here in Greece when it comes to earthquakes. I'm glad that your dresser is full of all your pretty things. It's these little prettys that make our lives a bit more joyful.

Michelle

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Oh Wow!!!! That's such an ingenious idea Mary. Just brilliant and if I may, I think you chose the right fabric. The paisley print and the colors are the perfect backdrop for your gorgeous bed. I really love what you've done

Mary

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Thank you for the vote of confidence Michelle. I drove the family crazy trying to pick a fabric. I can be such a pain when having to choose something!

Lisa

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Mary, this looks amazing and really makes such a dramatic statement in your space. You are one clever lady.😉

Mary

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Thank you Lisa. I even left the edges frayed like in your bathroom curtain. I'm always getting ideas from you! ;)

BABA

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Mary the room looks great. If and when we come to stay, please don't go to any further trouble. Looks great and comfy for us.

Mary

Monday 3rd of April 2017

Baba I will put some flowers on the dresser and my comfiest pillows just for you!

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