(Mar-6-2012) Do you want a more feminine room, read pink, but your husband thinks that it is too girlie and is not something he would be comfortable with? There is an answer to make everyone happy. This room has Coral walls (a pink with some orange in it). Notice that the green headboard gives the room that outdoors feel. In a room like this I would start with the pattern of the pillows first. Have you ever gone shopping and fell in love with a certain fabric? By using that fabric let it determine what direction you will go in the room. The decision on your rooms wall color is the first place to start decorating your room. Invest in a color wheel, this is something that will help you in most of your decorating decisions for years to come. You can purchase one at Hobby Lobby in the art section and they are only about $10. On the wheel you can choose a color you like and then look to the oposite side of the wheel to see what other color will go with that color. Sometimes you will be surprised at the colors that will go together. This room also is an example of a great use of limited space. Since there was little room for an end table and and a lamp, they used hanging lamps on the wall. If you are building you can have them hard wired and have the electrician put a wall switch lower next to the bed so it will be easy for you to turn the lamps on and off. The main reason this room works is the way they used several colors from the main fabric; coral, green, blue and natural. Mixing fabrics is a fun thing to do but does scare a lot of people. Find something you love and then have a good time and most of all don’t worry. It is your nest, so build it to make you happy! I love to hear my clients say, I love this room and just feel so good when I enter it! That is my goal and should be yours when you make your decisions.
This week I will show you how easy it is to make your own upholstered headboard like the one in the above picture. The first thing you will need is to measure the width of your mattress. Most home improvement stores, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot will cut a piece of plywood for you. Since it comes in 4 X 8 sheets you may be able to use the sheet at the size you purchase it. I like tall headboards myself so the taller the better. For this project you will need quilt batting, make sure you have enough to make it at least 2 inches thick on the board. Use Elmers spray glue and lay the batting on the board, wrapping it around the sides and top. You will need a staple gun for this and if you are lucky enough to have an electric one, this part will be a piece of cake. Take the fabric you have chosen and wrap the fabric around the headboard and staple the sides and top. If your fabric is not wide enough to just wrap around the headboard there is a no sew solution. You will need an iron and some fabric iron on tape. Center the fabric in the middle of the headboard and staple across the top and then straight across the bottom. Make sure you match the pattern in your fabric and fold the edge down and iron the edge. Make sure the steam is off on your iron and put the tape on the edge of the fabric and then place the lined up fabric and iron until the tape has bonded with the fabric. Then staple the fabric to the top and edges of the head board making sure the fabric is smooth. If you want an inexpensive and good looking natural fabric, use a solid linen, which you can find in many colors or natural colored burlap. Inexpensive and great looking! Have fun and please send me pictures if you do this!
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