Our Guestroom: Classic French instead of Vintage

While I have decided shortly after visiting our new home that its design would be mostly vintage inspired, I’ve had to make some compromises simply because we moved with our existing furniture. Do you know people to throw out all their furniture every time they move? I don’t and am certainly not one of those people. I am still trying to figure out what to do with some of our pieces of furniture, the Art Deco and Biedermeier ones to be precise, as they don’t really fit in the overall scheme of the house. What was clear however was that I would keep our classic French velvet upholstered headboard for our guest room as we upgraded our bed size.  As bed side table I used a coffee table with a top painted in Mouse’s Back by Farrow and Ball. Those table are actually an Ikea hack realized while I was eight months pregnant.

I wanted to create a soft backdrop that would match the colors of the bed spread, the headboard and the side table. So I really started looking into various shades of red, or let’s rather say dark plums as red is really not a color I recommend for a bedroom. As much as I liked some of those darker shades I felt that the choice wasn’t appropriate as it would have made this room quite dark. Even though I am fine with sleeping or working in a dark room it is not everyones cup of tea and this is after all a guest room meant to welcome family members and friends. So I started to look at lighter shades and found this lovely dusty pink. It has a real presence which stands well next to the blue of the headboard and the patterned bedspread. As I have said in the past, when you have a room that doesn’t get much natural light don’t try to light it up with white or very pale colors. When you do this the colors just tend to look dull and dirty because of the lack of light. Here is a little preview of the room.

Emerald Green Interiors Guestroom

What do you think about the result compared to the same bed in our Brussels home? Paint certainly has the power to change the mood of a room completely. I loosened up the styling as well when I shot this picture. The flowers I used are growing in the garden right now. Have you painted a room recently and admired the change produced? I’d love to hear about it.

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  • The bed looks lovely against that wall and I do love the soft styling touches, beautifully done! We recently painted our son’s room albeit in a white. It made a huge difference! Because leases are so short (12 mths guaranteed only) we tend to not invest a lot into rentals… Landlords also don’t like for you to alter the properties and sometimes even add a hook on the wall! Such a difference from Europe where you can undergo major renovations like Holly! Mel xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you Mel for your lovely comment.Oh I can understand your frustration. Actually in Europe it is not quite as wide-spread as you think. It really depends of the owner of the flat/house you are renting. In Brussels we had an expert check the flat before we moved in and after we moved out and established everything that needed to be “fixed” like a barely to be seen hole where we had hung a frame on. Let me just say that painting was not an option there. In Germany the flats are usually repainted white and fixed before a new tenant moves in so usually tenants are reluctant to paint as they know that they have to get the place back into condition before moving out. So yes we are lucky to have this time an owner, that isn’t too picky about my use of color 🙂 Have a lovely day!ReplyCancel

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