So where do you land your bedroom in the house that does not have the modern conveniences of ample closet space and a master bath? Here's where an old home, which my husband Keith calls a “collection of rooms”, gets interesting.
Actually, as I will soon show you, THIS is the perfect room!
I've gotten creative with the minimal closet space of an older home. This cupboard houses perfectly sized fabric bins that hold lots of clothing. I love that it's super organized!
The bedroom itself isn't large but has a lovely high ceiling, original hardwood floor, fireplace (inoperable) and mantle. It also has a small 3 foot wide window.
Honestly, the little window was blah and needed some help.
Solution: Use a window treatment to create the illusion that the window is as wide as our queen size bed.
I used 4 curtain panels and the existing curtain rod which actually expanded to just the right width. The outer 2 panels are a dark taupe. The inner 2 are a sheer white. This covers the walls outside the little window but allows light to stream in through the little window.
So now it looks like a big, spacious window! Daylight filters in casting a lot of shadows. It's the kind of room that’s good to take a nap in but not blackout so a person would sleep and never realize the time.
Some of my favorite things are in this lovely room:
The walls were paneled at some point, likely in the 1960's or 70's, and then painted white. Although way better than dark paneling, I'm not a huge fan of the current all white decor trend.
I’m thinking about painting the walls Sherwin Williams Contented with white trim and mantel. Contented is a soft, light green-gray color. I think this would highlight the beautiful fireplace and mantel better. The other factor with maybe not going with the current white color is that the much of the upstairs will need to be painted white with all its dormers and angles. I can only do so much white.
Still to complete in this room:
1. Refinish the original main door to the room.
2. Clean up old registers.
3. Decide on a paint color for the master bedroom paneling. The trim will be SW Pure White.