What do you do when your high school senior, football playing, weightlifting son gets the aqua room in your new cottage...you paint it NAVY BLUE! And since he is now off to college and this bedroom is your husband's future study, you get to take your time with the details and styling it.
When we moved in this needed immediate attention because, well, I just couldn't make my son live with it like this too long!
Downside: Aqua walls with dark purple accents complete with child's cute hand prints on the back of the doors.
Upside: Tall ceiling, large windows, original hardwood floors, doors, fireplace (inoperable) with mantle.
I set to work covering the aqua walls with Sherwin Williams (SW) Salty Dog paint. This shade of navy is lighter than the ever popular SW Naval. I love SW Naval but it felt too dark for a bedroom this size even with the tall ceilings.
The inspiration for the colors in this room started with this lovely painting which I purchased at Tuesday Morning some time ago. I've always loved the peaceful blue shades of the sky and water combined with the rich warm tones of the grasses on the shoreline. The little rustic rowboat is waiting for an afternoon of exploration and fishing.
For the furniture in this room I went with my Grandma Little's mid-century modern bedroom suite! Not my favorite style but it reminds me of her and the 1950's bedford stone home my grandpa built for his family on their farm in northwestern Indiana. The light wood, straight lines and casters go nicely with the masculine navy and accent colors in this room. Once we transition this room to my husband Keith's study, the furniture will all change. So I am enjoying these beauties here while I can.
I also included a large beige outdoor rug with navy design. Outdoor rugs are an inexpensive indoor option for high traffic areas with kids and pets! It doesn't matter that they were intended for outdoor use. "Outdoor" just means they will keep up with the wear and tear inside my house! I've received many compliments on this rug and now the truth is out. It's just an outdoor rug I picked out at Home Depot a few years ago.
The bedding I purchased at Target this fall except for the large lumbar blue ticking pillow available in my Etsy Shop and my handmade rag quilt with denim leaves. This rag quilt is one of those that I had in my shop but when no one snatched it up, I couldn't resist keeping it for myself. It's my favorite and when my son comes home from college for a visit, that special quilt goes in a drawer!
I also added my Grandma Little's 1950's sewing desk. It still houses an operable sewing machine. The top of the desk folds back and the machine flips out from underneath. I haven't used it in a while as it does miss some stitches but again, it reminds me of her and her home.
I still need to paint all the trim and the mantle in this room SW Pure White. I will also need to strip the paint off the original doors of closet and bedroom and then stain the wood to match the floor. Won't it look fabulous!