Recently, I had a consultation with Lori who wanted help with her great room, paint colours and her bathrooms.
She walked me through her house and we created a furniture plan for her great room, chose colours throughout and discussed her bathrooms.
In the first bathroom we were able to make the room look new (and save her brand new granite countertop) just by choosing the perfect tile to replace the old tile. In the second bathroom we simply had to rip out the brand new granite countertop which was installed strictly to sell the house, with no thought given to how it related to the actual bathroom it was installed in (that post coming soon).
She had beautiful hardwood floors throughout most of the house including the upstairs hallways.
And then we arrived in a guest room where she said, “We just need a colour for this room. We’re not changing the pink-beige carpet — I don’t like it, but it’s staying for now.” She also had a duvet on the bed that wasn’t originally chosen to go in this room.
“Great,” I said, “To get a colour that makes you happy for the walls, let’s start with finding a duvet.”
Notice that when you compare the pink-beige carpet with the existing beige in the skirt and duvet cover, you can see that they are a yellow-beige.
First, here’s a tip about bedskirts. Measure the drop of the bed frame. If you’re not sure exactly where to measure, look at my diagram (above).
Pottery Barn is one of my favourite places to find a duvet as they have lots of pretty bedding in coverlets and duvets.
We found this duvet that coordinated perfectly with the pink-beige rug. We didn’t want to paint the room the olive green, navy blue or red in the duvet, so I suggested we go with a pale pink-beige to pick up on the rug and pull the room together.
Instead of using the shams that repeat the pattern in the duvet, we chose a navy pillow sham to repeat the navy bedskirt (above). The navy blue bedskirt and pillow shams also repeated the navy blue in the duvet and, of course, blue always works with pink-beige as I’ve shown you in this post.
I always recommend buying just the patterned duvet and then buying solid shams and a bedskirt to match. This way you won’t tire of the pattern. There’s something about matching patterned shams (unless you go with toile, above) that generally can look too busy, or you just get tired of it faster.
Here’s another duvet that would go with a pink-beige rug. Notice the area rug in the ad is actually yellow-beige and green — not fabulous with the pink-beige and blue bedding, but the upholstered bed displayed is a lot closer to being the right colour.
You could certainly choose a solid duvet without any pink-beige in it; however, If you have carpet that is this strong, it looks more intentional to include the colour SOMEWHERE in the choices you make in the room.
And I’m doing a poll because I’ve seen so much pink-beige carpeting in bedrooms. Which undertone of beige is your carpeting?
Hey, I need questions for my “Ask Maria” posts! If you have a question about the interior (not exterior) of your house for me, email me here with a photo. I can’t help without seeing a picture of the room.
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