Q My bedroom needs a new look, but I don't want to get rid of the bedspread. Should I strip the furniture, bleach it or wax it with a pastel? I'd like to sponge the walls _ but what color? And the flooring should be one that could continue into the living room.
SUZAN DECKER ROSS
Certified interior designer
Harrison Furniture & Interiors
A Your instincts are right on target. Lighter colors for the floor and furniture will key a new color scheme that picks up all the shades in the bedspread. New fabric on the recliner and new solid color pillows on the bed finish the look.
Change carpet to a soft blush color; this will blend with your existing furniture in the living room and still allow you flexibility with colors.
Strip and white-wash the furniture. Or, for a less expensive alternative, paint it off-white (the background color of the bedspread) with rose or some other contrasting color on the trim.
Change drawer pulls on furniture to something more modern, maybe crystal or brass.
For a new window treatment, have a soft throw swag using two solid colors from the bedspread.
Paint walls a soft wash of color and accent (chosen from bedspread) with a border of flowered wallpaper at the ceiling. Paint trim and doors a soft white.
Recover recliner in a striped fabric _ same colors as bedspread.
Use solid color pillows on bed, in blues and deeper mauves.
Change floral arrangement on dresser to pick up shrimp and pink shades from bedspread.
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