Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Gray? Lime?

As you know I am redoing our spare bedroom. It's a small room with a daybed, dresser, and vanity. Oh yeah, a TV (of course). The carpet is a gray/light gray 'tweedish' bur-bur. Previously the room had white & light pink walls (wall paper - YUCK!!!). The daybed cover and other accessories were blue. I just got tired of it and am planning to paint the room gray. Yes, gray. I'll understand if you are turning up your nose. I've heard several uncomplimentary remarks: "reminds me of a prison cell, gray?, dull, boring". I am attempting to make one room in my house serene and restful. My idea is for pale gray walls, this stone gray daybed set, and accents of lime green.
I ordered this from Overstock, it looks bluish here, but it's stone gray. Our grandson hates the idea of gray walls, he wants something bright, not boring. He uses that room when he is here and calls it his room. But mom seldom lets him come over and this is not his house. I've toyed with the idea of painting one wall lime green....but....I found some twin sheets that are the perfect lime green...2 flat sheets....how often do you see that? So what I am thinking of doing is, on the wall behind the bed (long side), is to hang a 'curtain' with the sheets. The bed fits into a small alcove-like area so that would be a perfect fit. I know you can put fabric on the wall (like wall paper, with starch, and it is easy to remove) but that would be more work.
Any other ideas? Suggestions?
I have a gift card for Hobby Lobby so I stopped in to see what I could buy myself. I'm pretty cheap and nothing I liked was on sale, so, nothing this time. I did find a few accents in the clearance aisle. We have some shelves in the room and I just love this basket, it's so colorful. (woven paper, can I make one?) The little pail is the same color as the sheets I have....hmmm   I can use it for something on one of the shelves.

 The LOVE ornament is 5-1/5" long.
I paid a little over $6 for all three items.

I'll get some green pillows for the bed, paint the lampshade green or gray (lamp is white) , and maybe I'll find a throw to toss over the bed. The room will need some art (lime green frames?) and a lime green bulletin board. Maybe a huge lime green bulletin board behind the bed instead of the 'curtain'? There really isn't a lot of wall space.
I hope it turns out 1/2 as good as it looks in my mind. 
Feel free to share any of your decorating secrets!


  1. Your room sounds cozy and I love the idea of the grey along with the green sheets for accent colors. I hope you can post a pic of the final room. I've been wanting to re-do our master and spare room but hanging on for the moment until we see if we'll be leaving the country next summer or not. Happy Tuesday!

  2. Linda, You can buy a sheet of styrafoam ..a big one like at Lowe's...you could wrap a bright sheet around it and hang it on a wall. Or even some big posters. I love the grays you chose. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. Gray is my new neutral. Love it. And you got negative comments? How awful! I try not to express anything on here but positive. If I don't get positive, I just don't visit their blog anymore and don't bother so they won't bother to be negative. I've only had one follower to be negative and I she has many followers. So, now she has one less. Not being mean, but you've been through enough junk. You need uplifting. Surround yourself with things you love and you'll be happy.

  4. I personally like that gray. I hate the dark gray in my bedroom though. Too dark. I do think your idea is going to look great. I need to see when you are done. I wish I had the ability to decorate. Mine is a hodge podge.

  5. I think that will look wonderful:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  6. I love love love gray! I've painted my home many times, beige, white, gold, yellow, tan, light blue, dark blue, red.... long story short, I painted every room gray almost 2 years ago and I still love it today. It's simple, goes with everything and not depressing to me, it's peaceful. I can't wait to see what you do.

  7. It sounds great to me. I can see you sitting in there reading a good book! Susie's idea with the styrofoam sounds good. A curtain rod might work also.

  8. I was thinking you could hang a curtain on a long rod, but then you would have to attach it to the wall. Or, how about some inexpensive artwork, something with the lime green in that J would like? You could get poster and adhere to foam core, and it would be easy to take down and replace.