Tag: quick redecorating

Five Common Bedroom Decorating Mistakes and How to Fix Them

March 10, 2018

Do you feel as if your bedroom is off somehow but not quite sure what the problem is? Here are five common decorating mistakes and ideas on how you can fix them.


The feeling that your bedroom is too bright or too dark is a shared problem for a lot of people.  The main problem is that there are many bedrooms with only overhead lighting in the room. They are often blinding and not very functional. Overhead lights does not even give you the correct light to let you read a book.

Instead, try layer lighting throughout the room. In a bedroom, just as in any other space, you need ambient (general, ceiling-mounted) lighting to illuminate the entire room; task lighting (on bedside tables and vanities) to provide focused light for reading and other activities; and accent lighting, (in the form of wall sconces for example) to add drama, wash the room in soft illumination and lend a cozy, welcoming vibe. Lights at different levels and in different areas create a mood that’s warm and inviting.   Dimmers allow you to adjust wattage depending on the time of day and the mood you want.


Trying to Match Bed Linens with Wall Color

bedroom quilt

bedroom quilt2

It is a good idea to stay in the same color palette, just be sure to mix in different patterns and prints for a more interesting and attractive look:


So pretty together and a lot less boring!

Too Small Window Treatments

I know that you hear this often, but it is a very important detail. Your curtains need to touch the floor. That means the pole should hang between top of window frame and ceiling. If ready made curtains are too short for this height, then buy the longer set and have them hemmed. I also see the ‘skimpy’ width panels that look, well, look skimpy! An easy rule of thumb to remember is that your width of your curtains should be the double width of the window. For example, if your window frame width across is 50”, then 100” is what your curtain width should be. For ready made curtains, I usually find ordering two sets and sewing two panels together works perfectly. Also, extend your poles as far out as possible which will allow you to open fully.

curtain dos and dont



bedroom window

All of these tips will make your windows shine!

Wrong Size Artwork Over Bed

This is a common decorating mistake that can easily be fixed.  My grievance is the issue of artwork being too small over the bed that makes it looks as if it is floating in space. Too small of a piece of artwork looks lost and sad.

How to figure out the right size that will look perfect over your bed? The best starting point is to keep your finished piece, (the edges of the canvas or frame) between 60-80% the width of the headboard. I prefer the 80% because it looks most pleasing. For example, for a standard 76 inch wide king bed you should consider art that is between 40”×50”  or 48”×60” for a little larger size.

Or if you want to hang a pair of images or a gallery wall, treat the whole thing as one piece that’s between 45 and 60 inches wide. This is just a starting point for you to try. Experiment with taping paper above your bed until you get the look you love!

art over bed2


To see more examples of artwork behind the bed, read Five Inspiring Ideas for that Wall Over Your Bed.

Room Looks Off Balance

For a bedroom to look cohesive and organized, I am a true believer in symmetry. Matching nightstands and matching lamps on each side of the bed visually balances the room.



If done right, balance brings order and calm to a room. To see more photos about bedroom symmetry, read Tobi Knows Symmetry.

If you would like to see more of my posts on bedroom decorating, read here and here.

Let me know if you have any questions! I hope I have helped you solve a bedroom decorating mistake.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xo

Beautiful Greens

August 10, 2010

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” –Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish Poet and Playwright, 1600-1681.


I love the color green as a neutral.  How can it not be the perfect neutral when in nature it works perfect with so many different colors?

Hydrangea paniculata Little Lamb

I have used two different greens in the past month for two different projects. I love both of these greens, so it’s difficult to pick a favorite. One of my goals of my blog is to introduce you to new colors that I have personally used and feel confident suggesting to you to try in your home.  This month it was greens, last month I was crazy about blue. Next month could be orange.  Does that make me a color whore? 😉

First, Ben Moore Winding Vines, # 532.


Of course, the color looks nothing like this computer sample.  Actually, when I first looked at it in the color fan, I thought it was so dark.  But when I put on the walls- excellent!  This is another good example of how important it is to buy that sample jar to try out in your home, with your own lighting, instead of just judging (and guessing) at your paint selection by that tiny little color card.

before green-1

100_3069 greens-1      Love this color with orange! (excuse the glare in photo).  

I suggested the color to a client- she loved it!  Here is a picture from herdining room in the Winding Vines.



See how well it works with so many colors?  It really looks great with the black.

Another green I fell in love with is Ben Moore Hillside Green # 495. My client wanted a sage green for her walls to match fabric that we were using to slip cover her sofa.

imagesHillside Green 495

Again- a very bad representation of actual color.  I always make sure my clients take a paint sample home to try in their home with their lighting.  The store did not have a small sample, $4.99, of the Hillside Green so I bought a pint size sample for $6.99. I painted a large poster board to use as a sample. I can not stress it enough- to save yourself a lot of trouble and disappointment, sample the paint on a large surface at home. You will also save yourself money by not purchasing an entire gallon of color that you end up hating.

I really love the softness of the color.  I will take pictures and post for you after the room is painted.

Do you have any great green paint colors you have used and want to share?

If you need help choosing paint colors to make your home happy and comfortable, write Kelly or call 401.765.7999.