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Apple Green Bedroom

Apple Green Bedroom

Apple Green Bedroom

The most compact bedroom in the household is commonly allocated for the occasional guest who clearly won’t mind being a little bit squished for a night or two! It is fortunate to have a guest room, no matter how small.  But the size can be intimidating when trying to create an appealing sanctuary.

When trying to decide how to make your tiniest bedroom fashionable yet functional creativity can easily be blocked. Often because the room is small it can either become a junk room or an empty room begging for some attention. Because only a few things will fit into a little bedroom often people are stuck about what to do first or what will make an impact when you only have a few items that will fit. You might be heartened to realize that an exceptional theme can be affordable because you are not dealing with a huge space. Begin with some kind of color theme. Perhaps with a new coat of paint that is very different from the rest of the house you can take that room into a different realm. Think about a color that is not too feminine or too masculine. Remember to test out your choices on the walls of the room in about a 12” x 12” square. Try to select a color that is used in bedding so that you can tie the theme together.

Our example was a simple white room and retains the neutral carpet used in the rest of the house. Here just a wainscot of apple green was added so that the vibrant color wouldn’t be too over whelming. The theme color is repeated in the coverlet, one pillow and the accessories on top of the dresser. Note these are also all elements that could be changed without major expense if in the future you grow tired of the style. Realize that you can arrange furniture in different ways to make the most of such a room. This bed is not set in the center of the headboard wall allowing for a more important piece of furniture to be selected as a nightstand; one with more personality and increased function because of the shape. Instead of a mirror image nightstand on the other side of the bed, a useful floor lamp is added. Another good solution in this room is the elimination of a bulky wood or upholstered headboard. An organic wallpaper mural serves as the visual headboard and makes the notable style statement in the space.

Wallpaper murals were wildly popular about 35 years ago and used both commercially and residentially. They often were printed on foil paper or on vinyl ground. Today you can have images printed that feature your child’s original artwork, actual photography from a trip or images that are custom made. Murals may be printed on canvas for around $12 per square foot or on vinyl wall covering for around $8.00 per square foot. Because such a concept literally takes up no room at all, it is a way to introduce panache that is particularly well suited to a cramped space. It is obvious that by merely changing the wall paint, the coverlet and a few of the accessory objects you could handily take the room in another direction even if you left the wall mural in place. After you establish your colors consider a few amenities that will create comfort for your guests. Invest in a luggage rack so that a suitcase isn’t left on the floor. Fill a basket with sample-size toiletries just as you would find in a cozy bed and breakfast room. Make sure that there is a good reading lamp and a chair or bench in the room. Provide good light control at the windows and also a secure sense of privacy. Offer a stack of fluffy folded bath towels whether or not your guest uses them. A clock, a box of tissues, a trash bin and maybe even a laptop computer would complete the considerate package. These don’t have to permanently reside in the room, but if you can make your guest feel totally at home for hours or days the purpose of your little room is accomplished. Always have freshly laundered sheets and fresh flowers are a plus.

Photo Credit:  Murals Your Way

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