5 STEPS TO CREATING A BEACHY BEDROOM AND OUR MASTER BEDROOM REVEAL
If you're like me, you love the beach. Love the feel of the calming, soothing sounds, smells, colors...all of it. The idea of creating a bedroom with a beachy feel to it, is just logical! We all want our bedrooms to feel tranquil and relaxing. A true retreat at the end of our day. If we all had unlimited budgets, I'm sure we could create a dream master bedroom. However, reality dictates, that we often have to create our spaces on a budget! At least I do. So I've put together 5 steps to creating a beachy and tranquil bedroom, on a budget! I also want to show you our master and how far she's come since we've moved in! Nothing broke the bank, but it's delivered on the feel and aesthetic I was looking for. Calm and relaxing.......sigh.....
5 SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE STEPS TO CREATING A BEACHY BEDROOM:
1.) WHITE! WHITE! WHITE!
Maybe you think all designers love white and that's just not you. But trust me, if you want to create a coastal and beachy feel, you'll want to reconsider :)
I painted the walls "Frost" by Behr It's a cool white, which is what I wanted because I really love a cool white with the look and feel I was attempting to create. No, I don't think it feels like a hospital or that it's too clinical! I love it. Feels clean and fresh to me. In other areas of my house, I have "warmer" whites and they work in those rooms for different reasons. But since we replaced the carpet to a cool grey and I wanted a "beachy" room, I was comfortable choosing a cooler white. A creamy, slightly yellow-y white would have looked too warm and a little dirty or tea stained to me in this room. But that's just me. Obviously, picking the right white for your taste and room is a topic that could make it's own blog post another time!
Also, think about using white accessories, white or translucent lamps, lighting, picture frames, bedding.....
2.) ADD GREENERY - EVEN IF IT'S FAUX!
I'm a fan of adding a little life into our home through plants. But, let's face it, not all spots are perfect conditions for the plants we may feel will look best there. This window I have gives off great late day sun, but is fairly dark and has no direct sun for 99% of the day. So, I opted to make my life easier with this little faux plant. In my opinion, it does the trick. I tend to look for leaves that have more than 1 color so they tend to look slightly more natural at first glance.
I also have these faux tropical leaves from IKEA. I love these because, in real life, these large leaves have a "plastic-y" look to them anyways! So one on either side of the bed, adds a little punch of life and saves me from constantly buying fresh ones.
We also installed these tongue and groove pine boards from Home Depot. This wall cost us about $125. I painted it by hand - 2 coats - to give it a slightly "cottage" feel. Didn't want it to be too perfect from being sprayed or rolled. I'm weird like that - I like brush strokes :)
3.) CHOOSE 1 ACCENT COLOR
I'm a fan of this suggestion in almost any room. I like to keep things neutral, and then add one accent color. I often choose blue because "I've got this thing with blue!" However, the past while, I've been graduating toward peachy pinks. They complement the tranquil and relaxing feel I was trying to go for in here, so I felt it was a good choice.
- Think of doing something a bit unexpected, like painting a dresser(s) your accent color of choice! It's unique and personal. Easy to change! (I've literally painted these cheap IKEA dressers 5 times)
- A throw or a couple of pillows in your accent color pull it together. No need to invest in all new bedding. Too expensive and too limiting.
- Add in a few accessories with your color and watch how the whole room feels put together. Even though, there's not a ton of items that are actually a specific "color"
I'm obsessed with this etsy shop Lila and Lola. You can just pay a small fee to download an image and then develop and frame on your own! A great way to get cool prints at an affordable rate!
4.) NATURAL TEXTURES!
I think this is so important and so "on trend" right now! I love, love, love white. However, sometimes, it can feel cold. Also, practically speaking, it's harder to clean. So, natural, cream, and ivory tones to the rescue! I just ordered this duvet cover and shams from Urban Outfitters. I desperately wanted this from Anthropologie, but my budget said a "hard no!" So, I decided to give Urban Outfitters a try and I gotta say I'm sooooo happy I did. It was prettier than I expected. Feels so nice. And, it was on sale. Win, win, win!
I also had made this headboard several years back. Simply MDF cut to the size I wanted. Glued on some foam. A layer of batting. Then my fabric. I had this grey for a long time. But with my recent bedroom refresh, I wanted something a little more fresh and warm. More natural. But, I also wanted it cheap!! I found this cotton at Fabricland for $5/meter. I bought 6 meters. It was fairly thin, so I doubled it and then stapled it to the back. I love it. Comfy like cotton, but has a woven texture like a grasscloth. I still have some left over, so at some point, I'll be sewing up some simple throw pillows for another room :)
5.) BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY OR ARTWORK
You've probably noticed that beach photography is everywhere lately! I've always loved it, but happy to see it's a trend right now, because that just means it's more accessible. I'm fortunate enough to have been a photographer for the last 10 years, so I have a great camera and equipment. If I'm on vacation, I can take cool photos. But, even if you don't have a fancy camera, phones are so awesome lately, that you can just take a great photo on your phone and blow it up in black and white, granting you the same affect.
Or just look for printed canvases that have a palm tree or shoreline....they're everywhere. I live in Alberta Canada, No where near a real live palm tree. But, that doesn't stop me from lining my walls with them! haha!
So that's my take on creating a calm and tranquil retreat, with a beachy vibe. I don't hang anchors and lighthouses all over my house to let the world know I love beach homes. I simply try to approach it more discreetly. More subtle. Calm colors, Some natural textures. Lots of white. A pretty soft, accent color. A few beach photos and a bit of greenery! Voila!
I also wanted to share a bit about my chandelier. I really want to change it out to a wooden bead one. But until then I simply found this at Home Depot. It was chrome. I sprayed it white. The end. Easy. But amazing what a little white paint will do.
Here's a few closer looks at a few nooks and crannies.....
I'm a fan of having a TV in the bedroom. No judgements please ;) So this side of the room has a little dresser with a TV that's a bit big for it! As well, our room entrance and ensuite entrance.
Also, here's a peek at our cable rail DIY for our stairs. It was inexpensive and created that nautical feel I so love!
We're 99% done our ensuite and I can't wait to show you what we've been working on! It's full of great tips on when to spend and when to save! How to get the most bang for your reno buck! So if you haven't already, please SUBSCRIBE to get new posts delivered to your inbox!!
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