I emailed my client Barbara and asked if she had painted her bedroom yet (the room was finished but just needed the new wall colour). She replied “Yes, I have the bedroom painted … AND …. it looks fabulous! Love Love Love it!”
Here it was before the transformation (above). We needed an area rug, a new duvet and custom bedskirt and different end tables. There was too much brown in this room.
We started by choosing a duvet from the Pottery Barn. The duvet is unfortunately sold out now, but since we’re always talking about undertones on this blog, I thought you’d be interested in the difference between the colours in the finished room above, and how the room was decorated to display the duvet on their site (below):
The undertones in this duvet are a purply blue and turquoise. You can see the colours even better in the pillow sham below.
While the navy blue curtains appear to be the right colour, if you look closely, they simply are not purple enough. And because the area rug is a slightly lighter value, here you can really see how much greener it is than the duvet cover.
Now just to be clear, I’m not criticizing the designers at the Pottery Barn, they were using what the store sells to decorate the room, and simply didn’t have any items in this purply blue.
Just thought I’d include a little undertone trivia in today’s post for your entertainment.
We were on a budget so we installed a white, slip covered Ektorp chair and ottoman from IKEA. The ottoman has a white, faux sheepskin on it. This adds texture and protects the ottoman from getting dirty when you’re sitting with your feet up.
My client is known for her quilts. She actually has a Longarm Quilting System in her house and is booked two years out. After I had this pillow made for her chair, she immediately sewed this bird on the square. She used a hand turned edge appliqué technique to sew it onto the pillow.
Isn’t it lovely? And just the right colour for the room!
And one thing I’ve noticed about decorating with Toile, is that you can’t really mix it with other patterns; a large check or solids, that’s about it. Most rooms in Toile are entirely in the same pattern. Since we obviously didn’t have that option because we only had the duvet to work with, everything else was a solid fabric except for the oversized, check area rug from Wayfair.
The wall colour is 27-3 Morning Star by Pratt & Lambert (below):
Here’s the new room again (above). Barbara already had faux wood blinds so she only needed drapes for decoration. To save money on rods that we didn’t really need, we simply installed stationary side panels on C-tracks that you can’t see.
Photography, styling and decorating by Maria Killam
The wall colour is very close to one of Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Serenity, which I specified well before it came out in December. Am I on the pulse of colour or what, haha.
Have a wonderful week my lovelies. I’m very excited to meet the new True Colour Experts in my upcoming events!
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