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AB's picture

Hello -I am trying to make my bedroom less 'boring' than it currently is. Pics below.  Note the bedroom is maybe 3x long as it is wide.Restrictions: would prefer to keep with the red coloured carpet and the red accents on the roman blinds, since changing  those would likely add significant cost. All else is up for change.My thoughts were:

  • A red themed (maybe damask) wallpaper on the wall behind the bed
  • Two small wall 'chandeliers' on either side of the headboard - and remove the lamp
  • Crown moulding
  • Change the paint colour - maybe keep with the beige theme? but less khaki than it currently is
  • Change the bedding - no idea what colour!  (need to do this anyways as its a queen duvet on a king bed)

Any thoughts on this? Ideas above are just a thought - would love to hear if you think it works, or if it doesnt - what other ideas you may have. 

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Cisak's picture

What about going with white walls? I am always drawn to photos of white rooms with dark furniture and red accents, I like how the red really "pops" out. I'd still consider a wallpaper or something behind the bed, it does feel like it needs something. Would hanging a curtain behind the bed be a bit much?

AB's picture

Lmurphy -Thanks for your suggestion.Just wanted to clarify, the room is actually 2x as long as it is wide. The bed in the pic is a king sized bed, for reference.I like your suggestion re wallpaper - but its probably a little too feminine for my taste (I am a guy..). One I had in mind was this. Its a bit more subtle. What do you think. What are your thoughts on using a different colour wallpaper altogether?? Something neutral. Farrow and Ball does the same one as above in beige. Do you think that will throw off the red in the blinds and the carpet? Re the side tables - we got them recently so wouldnt want to change them. And they may well not be the best from a design perspective - but we both like the storage capacity vs a plain table.

lmurphy's picture

Colour and pattern sound like a great idea, AB. Because it's a narrow room, though, maybe you could use a lighter paper than red damask, e.g. a style like this Thibaut paper that was in our January picks?

Would you consider lighter, leggier side tables to brighten and open up the space a bit, too?

What does everyone else suggest?

gmcauley's picture

Hello AB,

This would be a great question for our Ask A Designer page. Email Cameron MacNeil via

Good luck!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at

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