Friday, February 11, 2011

New Color Scheme- Citrus Tones

Yesterday, I opened some doors (that usually stay closed when company's over!) to give you guys a glimpse into our bedroom. It really needs a makeover and some updating throughout.

One of the biggest parts of a project for me (and frankly, the part that never feels "finished"), is the color scheme. I'm a big advocate of choosing more neutral colors for walls, and then changing up color schemes by incorporating new accessories when needed.

So as you can see, the original "color scheme" for our room was gray, and light blue. Once we bought the bedding and painted the walls, I felt like the room was a little dreary. So painting the bed frame white, and adding in some chic white lamps and curtains was my lame attempt at brightening up our room. Really, I don't know what I was thinking here. I love bright, airy, fresh colors and this room obviously doesn't fit the bill.

So, how do you bring a room from gray and dreary, to warm and bright? Well, here's the plan. To offset the warm gray walls and the bright white curtains/lamps/bed frame, I chose 2 citrusy colors to infuse some light and warmth into the space:

I'm already loving this trio of colors, and thinking they will be great friends and work together to make our bedroom a brighter place. What do you think?

As for the actual game plan, I'll start off by sewing a new duvet cover for our bed, that will most likely be a crisp white color.

I love this version from Target, and at $69.99 it might end up being a better deal to just buy it! I think white bedding is the best choice for us to brighten up the space a bit and provide a nice clean canvas for the new color scheme.

Next, I would add in some throw pillows in the accent colors. I looked to Etsy for some inspiration, and I wasn't disappointed! If I weren't planning to sew my own pillows, I would probably be purchasing them from Etsy. The prices are very reasonable, plus most of these items are made by hand! Here's a few that caught my eye:

(Pillow from Urban Fringe @ Etsy- $24)

(Pillow cover from Freshly Sewn @ Etsy- $14)

(Pillow from Purple Pajamas @ Etsy- $38)

After pulling in the accent colors with some textiles, I would put some art on the walls that would continue the color scheme. In keeping with the fresh citrus tones, I want to draw inspiration from nature. I found SO MANY lovely prints on Etsy, I think it would be really difficult to choose one (or even two or three!).

Here's a few that I absolutely adore:

(Out of Winter by urbandesign)

(Sugarplum Vines by urbandesign)

(Lichen by atashtoys)

(Dogwood by TCaponePhoto)

(Into the Mystic by honeytree)

Do you see what I mean? I love all of these prints. I wish I could just buy them all!

One thing that helps me when I'm first getting the feel for how I want to decorate a room is finding an item that represents the color scheme. It can be a piece of fabric, a picture, a throw pillow, or pretty much anything. It helps to have a reference point to go back to throughout the project. I haven't found the exact thing for this room yet, but I'm still looking!

In the next few posts, I'll share the deets on how I plan to update the rest of the room with furniture and accessories. I can't wait to hear what you think so far!

How about you? Where do you go for inspiration? What are the first steps you take to decorate a space?

As always, I feel it's pertinent to mention that I was not paid to endorse Etsy or any other retailer mentioned in these posts. I just love to share great finds with my readers! Hope you enjoy.


  1. Oh yay! I love where you're going with this, and I'm obsessed with citrus tones. I was thinking after yesterday's post that you needed a few colorful injections.
    You can totally DIY some pillows.

  2. Girl, I did not need to see those pillows! Now I want them, haha.

    We're going to start a project for the bedroom too -- painting the dresser. It's so stuck in the 80s and needs a major face lift. We'll be dressing it up with new drawer pulls from Anthropologie which are surprisingly affordable!

    I love the art prints you picked!

  3. jane- yay! fun to hear that someone else is obsessing over the citrus this season! you are right on, it needs a pop of color so hopefully that will do the trick!

    christina- sorry to aid you in your coveting. =) that dresser makeover sounds fabulous! i can't wait to see the results!

  4. I love that pillow with the big yellow flower on it! Super cute! I think the new color scheme is fantastic as well. I'm super excited to see how it comes together!

  5. I adore the color scheme you picked! White bedding would for sure brighten/lighten up the room -- my friend has those target sheets/duvet and looooves it! =)

    Happy Vday!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  6. hi there! your newest follower! what a cute blog! I happen to love your chosen color palette and that urban fringe rosette pillow is to die for! adorable! As is the photography! Please stop by and check out my interior decorating and photography blog. Thank you!

    C'est La Vie

  7. Thanks Jenn! Awesome, that's cool that you actually know someone who has that bedding! Sadly, they only have the full-sized set left. Darn!

    Lyra- Thanks so much for stopping by! I will definitely come visit your blog too. Thanks for becoming a follower!

  8. Hi Mikalah,
    I just wanted to say thanks for featuring my yellow flower pillow on your blog. If you need tips on how to make it just let me know. I've got it down to a science :) I'd be happy to help. Good luck with the bedroom make over. I have that bedding from Target. Love it for the price. Wonder if you could re-create it with elastic thread? Just a thought. Thanks again!



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