Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bedroom Favorites: Hello, Gray!

Last year we spent 11 months in Virginia, living in a townhouse rental. When I arrived, the walls were all kinds of weird colors. One bedroom was orange, one was gray, and the furniture in the gray room was painted a Chinese Red Lacquer, complete with silver spray-painted metal hardware. Not only that, but at the top of the wall was a "Carolina Blue" stripe, about 8 inches long. It was pretty nauseating. I say that...because being newly pregnant, lots of things nauseated me. :)

Here's what it was looking like:


WIth this color blue stripe:

I agonized over that stripe....and dreaded going to bed at night because of it.  The landlords told me I couldn't paint, so I slapped this up there as a last resort. (textured, paintable wallpaper in cream color.)

...........and LO....it looked awesome. Not only that, but I paired it with my grandmother's maple furniture.....and a creamy sheepskin rug....

I discovered GRAY.

Now I am obsessed with it. Especially in a bedroom. It is so restful.....so aged.....so timeless.....the essence of softness. It makes me sleepy just looking at it.





By the way....is it GREY or GRAY? I adore how natural textures (stone, wood, furs, straw/grasses, shell, and even water) all flow smoothly through the greys. It's a short step to get botanicals of all shapes, textures, and colors to also compliment grays in a room. Something very dear to my heart....botanical...

Anyhow. Hope you enjoyed strolling through my design dreams. Only a couple short weeks, now, till we know if we are going to be building a home or not!

6 comments:

Laurie B. said...

Ugh. Susi. If you don't STOP posting pictures of all of these professionally designed, neat, uncluttered, BEAUTIFUL rooms, kitchens, etc. I am going to FREAK OUT. stop! I'm nesting. It's too hard for me to keep up with this! I can't redo a kitchen in 2 days, or paint a room grey or gray or whatever. You're TORMENTING me!

Hosanna said...

Yes. :)Gray - or grey, whatever - is very "cool", also. And not busy. Like.

Herb of Grace said...

Lol @ Laurie! :) I kinda feel the same way, only not nesting, just because I don't have TIME to do this house as fast as I want to!!

Also, Susi, you know I had the same reaction to that Hburg bedroom and we're doing our bdr here in grey, too :)

Denise said...

It's funny, I never considered gray, but then when I was looking at baby nurseries, I stumbled across the gray-silver-blue theme I told you about, and can't get it out of my mind. These pictures cement that desire even further. Especially since the last room I painted was my laundry room, in a stunning turquoise, and so my desire for bold colors is quelled at the moment. :)

Susannah Forshey said...

Oooohhh, Denise, you painted your laundry room TURQUOISE???? I demand to see pictures!!!!!!! Man, I cannot WAIT to be able to make hard and fast color decisions like a turquoise laundry room. I want to just have that power to be that creative!! Oh, how SICK I am of these white walls!!!!!!

Hannah said...

Our master bedroom is gray!