Here's what the room had last looked like:
The first to change were the drapes. I replaced the dark gray drapes with bright white. And since I like to be completely honest with you guys, I'll tell you that when I first hung them up the drastic change in color caused me to freaked out a bit. Like, a lot a bit. While I love a bright white room (that was what I was going for after all), it was just WAY too white in there. I should have taken a photo so you could have seen what I was talking about. The white drapes on the existing silver curtain rod blended in with the walls, the walls to the slipcovered nightstand, nightstand to the bedding, and the bedding to the light colored carpet. I thought I had made a huge mistake by going white. I slept on it (which is always a good idea) and came up with a couple of solutions that made all the difference in the world!
CURTAIN ROD - The silver rod I had used with the gray curtains wasn't helping things out at all. I switched it out to a much wider black rod and the contrast really helped break things up.
CARPET - The next thing I added was the gray rug under the bed. What a difference that made! It grounded the bed and made everything come together. Funny story - I totally used a car jack to get the rug under the bed all by myself because I was too excited to see what it would look like :D
I want to tell you more about the drapes. I went with the Easy Pinch Pleat Drapes in Lexi White from Blinds.com. The same company I purchased all of my bamboo blinds from. They are AMAZING quality. They were made with a light filtering white liner which not only gives them a nice heavy weight to them, but also keeps them from getting lost in the sunlight. I added two panels instead of one to the outside ends of the window for added fullness, and holy smokes, love the look. It really makes the window look wider and fills in that awkward space on either side.
Now this is going to sound funny, but they make me feel like I'm a grown up. I felt the same way when I switched out all my hangers to matching ones, lol! Having children? Kinda-sorta. Matching hangers in the closet and real drapes? Totally.
(The rod and my ceiling are actually straight, the camera just gives things this weird curve)
Would you check out the pleats on these puppies?!
Here's a close up of the Lexi White fabric. It's ridiculously soft and has a very faint texture to it.
I was also really impressed with the packaging so I wanted to share it with you. The pleats were all perfectly folded in place and then the entire drape was folded over thick cardboard to keep it from shifting to the bottom ends of the box. I feel like everything that comes to our front door from a parcels service ends up a hot mess, so I was beyond thrilled with how well they packaged these. It's the little things.
I'm ecstatic with the changes in here!!! I feel like your eyes flow through the space much more easily now without getting caught up on the dark drapes. Perfectly bright and airy without being stark. Just what I was hoping for!
I know I'm not the only one that freaks out when changing things up. I want to hear about your decor meltdowns!
SOURCES: white drapes . bamboo blinds . rug . headboard . duvet . blanket . lamps - TJ Maxx (similar here) . DIY skirted nightstand . DIY picture frame moulding . DIY drum shade ceiling fan . metal accordion table
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Disclosure: I was provided with the drapes used in this post but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own.