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« on: December 12, 2011 08:15:26 AM »

My bedroom is booooring!  We are by the beach so I used grey, brown and white to get a beach cottage feel even though we are in Costa Rica.  But I have run out of ideas and the room looks pretty bare and boring. 

Ideas anyone?
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011 08:39:30 AM »

Well, you've got a great neutral slate to start from!  Some sort of bright color to make all the white pop would be great.  How about you add multiple tones of blues to give a water feel?  Coral colors would also be fun - sunset over the ocean?  Even some warm sand colors would be nice too. 

You could glue ribbons around the lamp shade, or weave wide ribbon or fabric through your head board?  Throw pillows/blanket and a big art piece above the bed?  I would think about textures too!  Have fun!

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2011 08:44:48 AM »

I love the lamps as they are.  They cast a warm light when lit and light up the crystal base.  But I think pillows are needed.  I was thinking of knitting some that have a rustic feel but have yet to find a pattern or invent one. 

Art above the bed is a must.  But we are in earthquake country so we are hesitant to put something huge and heavy up.  So silly, I know. 

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2011 11:05:40 AM »

I think the neutral color theme would work better with some pattern or texture added. Brown and white printed fabric pillows would be easy to DIY and more lightweight/beachy than knit pillows. I can't really see what the curtains look like from this pic, are they solid grey?

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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2011 12:14:39 PM »

Me, I'd go bold.  Beach cottage does not have to be "New England".  Wink

A quick google image search of Costa Rica shows lush rain forest right up to the beaches, waters in every shade of blue, and brightly colored flora and fauna (loved the golden tree frogs!).  Bring this in.

Use an aqua placemat as a runner for the nightstands. If the bulb temperature is right (more white than yellow) you could get a waterfall effect with the crystal bases.

Not all wall art needs to be heavy.  A poster, or patterned fabric on a thin rod would do the trick.  Pick pillow and throw colors from either to tie them together. 

I'd had the brief thought of literally bringing the outdoors in... banana leaves or palm fronds, carefully done, could be great decor without going to far... but I'm not sure how well they hold out.

Flowers, particularly local varieties, would bring in an enormous "pop" to the room.  =glances at the images page again= Can one dry Birds of Paradise? 

One a side note, for a rustic knitted pillow, try a basic basket weave (alternating squares of stockinet and reverse St) with a garter border.  Easy to adapt to size and yarn. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011 12:22:44 PM »

Interesting ideas.  We do have lots of bold colors in Costa Rica.   My other bedroom is very vibrant so in this one I wanted to use a more tranquil and muted color scheme.  But I think bringing nature in is a great idea.  Why not use the shapes of the flora and fauna but with these lighter shades?  That could be very interesting. 

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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2012 10:19:55 AM »

Neutral is not my cup of tea, but you can add a lot to what you already have here and make it so wonderful.
If it were my room the first thing I would do is pick out the colors I want to see in that room.  Personally
I would probably go with yellows, gold tones, reds, something bright and yummy.  These photos really spark my
interest, and have great colors in them.




This really is a great pallet to start from!  Have fun, and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2012 06:06:39 PM »

i'm thinking cane and ropes, maybe a vintage life-ring if you can get your hands on one.....

waaallllllll decallllls....... won't fall off, and if they do, won't kill you when they land on your head.... they're the solution to all art-hanging problems...
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2012 06:41:37 AM »

After re-reading the replies and giving things some thought, I decided that you guys are right there should be a pop of color.  So after careful consideration I have decided on a muted dusty orange tone.  So today I am off to a fabric shop to see what I can find for pillows.  Wish me luck!

« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2012 04:01:23 AM »

Art above the bed is a must.  But we are in earthquake country so we are hesitant to put something huge and heavy up.  So silly, I know. 
just put some fabric above the wall and use the color that you shoosed for the pillow
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or a wall tattoo 
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2012 02:59:26 AM »

I think a strip of wallpaper behind the bed would be great. I also think you could choose a neutral that is a little heavier to give some contrast to all the beige and white.

you could decorate a little with some subtle hints to the beach - some shells on the night stand (glued down if you are afraid of earth quakes Tongue)

I don't know if its something you would consider, but bringing in some drift wood furniture (tables, a bench...) might make the beach feel appear without hanging stuff : )

...but I really think its the contrast that is missing. personally I have white walls and black trim all around - it sounds crazy but its actually quite neutral looking while providing contrast : )
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2012 12:05:34 AM »

Beach + Bedroom = Aloha. Flowers, flowers and flowers everywhere. Put color in your life. That's all. Colors energize the body and the soul so try it.
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2012 10:30:19 PM »

Oh, you've such beautiful home, but sorry to say it's wall seems colorless.

Why don't you paint it in vibrant color, give it funky look to your wall. Brighter green / blue in sponge effect will go great.


« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2013 05:00:40 AM »

You can paint the walls blue or bright sunny yellow to give it a brighter shade as opposed to the all grey color scheme. It would add some color to the room as well.
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