View Full Version : Room decor...big...snore? I HATE IT!

10-25-2009, 08:43 AM
I moved into this apartment a few months ago & I have NO idea what to do with my bedroom. The way I have it arranged now is okay, but could be better.

Description of room : It's a rectangular room. In the bottom left is the door to come in. On the left wall is my side table, short dresser and closet. The northern wall has a window in the middle which leads to the fire escape. It has a radiator right under it. It also has the second outlet [the other is on the back wall] so my tall dresser & TV are in the northern right corner next to the radiator & window. The problem is in the bottom right corner there is this weird..column? like thing that sticks out. My queen sized bed is against the right wall [side] and against this column [the head board]. The right wall has a window as well. But the room isn't wide enough to place my headboard up against that wall.

So, really I can't move my bed from this area. The gap that's created from having my bed against this column is driving me CRAZY. I can walk behind my bed & turn completely around, bend down & clean/pick things up..so you get the idea of how big it is. The frame is iron and kind of curvy..similar to a sleigh bed. I was thinking of shifting it over and putting it against the back wall only..but then it'll have this odd gap on the side. Knowing me i'll fall off or sumtin..I CAN'T BE FALLING OF BEDS!! I can't center the bed on the back wall, because then it'll be in the way of the door.

I'm tryna fancy up my room since I'm gonna be here for awhile. I wanna make it look more home-y. Right now it's a white stark blank box with this awful behind the bed gap!! It's liveable but not conductive to anything. When I go in there I just wanna leave right back out..or sleep/watch tv. I need idea's ya'll!

Also, I'm young, broke, & can't paint [apt rules :-|]. FYI. ROFL.

But I can be pretty crafty...so crafty ideas very welcome!

10-25-2009, 08:46 AM
Decor It Yourself on Youtube ;) (http://www.youtube.com/user/ThreadBanger#grid/user/DAEFCC5551D9AB27)

10-25-2009, 11:58 AM
Apartment Therapy (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/). Don't look at the brand names (though they don't always say what it is) just look at it for ideas. And each city has a different vibe to it. My favourite is NYC but they are all inspiring.

PS: Can you paint if you promise in writing to repaint it back to white (I'm assuming) when you leave?)

10-25-2009, 04:40 PM
If you can, post a picture of your blank canvas... What you hope to obtain; prefered color scheme and/or colors that relax you, and a budget. Tell us something about you, lifestyle, so that it can be incorporated into the decor. Let's see what we come up with.

10-26-2009, 05:56 AM
Thanks for the inspiring links you guys =)

Anybody have any ideas about the gap behind the bed thing though?

I can try to get a picture..but it'll have all my furniture in it..is that blank? Soon as I clean it :-| rofl

Um, I hope to obtain err...something a bit more me? I don't live alone so my bedroom is where I go to just be alone...hang out with myself. It's where I feel most comfortable.

I can't think for the life of me of a color scheme, I'm pretty open. Though, I think I'd like it to be more androgynous. If there's something feminine about it, I'd need something masculine to balance it out. I'd be okay with something masculine dominate though. But def not completely feminine.

My furniture is brown & black though & my shades are pink [eww. But I can't put too many holes in the wall to hang curtains =( ]. If that helps for a base.

Something about me? Um, I'm weird? I always have a hard time answering that question...I'm eclectic, eccentric, I like color but I like neutrals. [if that makes ANY sense WHAT so ever]. I like androgyny. I might be a tiny bit kitschy... I'm a c*nty drama queen/king..& I know it. I like punkish kinda stuff...& industrial..and umm umm old hollywood glamour. & victorian. & tribal.

See, this is why I need a thread to help me because idk what the hell I want...lol. I'm all over the place!

10-26-2009, 01:40 PM
You know what, my walls are white with an accent wall of a different coulour to set the tone for a colour scheme. Let me backtrack, first you should set a colour scheme. The easiest way to do that is to use your bedspread, curtains or carpet . that have a colourful print on it, as a jumping off point. For example, if you get this bed spread (http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=422&f=4492), an exemple of non gender specific pattern and colour scheme, you'll base the colours you use for the rest of you room on it. You could paint canvasses in colours similars to the ones in your bed spread to hang on your wall behind your bed, or you could stretch a fabric (a flat bedsheet would do) behind your bed to make it a feature wall. And the accessories you get should more or less match the colours in that bedspread. Here's two ways they accessorized the room around that bed (http://www.cb2.com/popup/zoom.aspx?fi=4492&t=room).

My example above is based on a bedspread but you can do the same thing based on a colourful carpet (http://www.cb2.com/popup/zoom.aspx?url=%2fpopup%). If you were to find curtains like have a strong colourful graphic print like that bedspread above, the bed linens should be either a smaller scale print or solid colours. HTH.

10-27-2009, 06:46 PM
That sounds like a good idea too, thanks!

Anyone else? Specially with the gap behind my beeeddd

10-27-2009, 07:09 PM
It's really hard to imagine your room's configuration. Why don't you have the headboard against the right or left wall?

10-27-2009, 07:21 PM
I figured it was...I really should get a picture up.

Well, my room isn't wide enough to accommodate the length of my bed [maybe without the bedframe..the sleigh style makes it a lot longer]..so the options were front wall or back wall. But the front wall has an exposed radiator in the middle of it :(o)

Not only do I sleep a bit wild, I don't wanna be responsible for friends comin over & burning themselves because I have my bed next to it..lol.

10-27-2009, 08:00 PM
Humm, in that case maybe you'll have to consider changing beds, maybe even go for a Murphy (http://images.google.ca/images?hl=fr&source=hp&q=murphy+bed&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi)...

10-30-2009, 12:38 AM
A murphy bed sounds like a good idea. I'd have to save up for one though...not to mention this bed frame is practically new & was a birthday present from my father =/

11-05-2009, 05:24 AM

I still don't have pictures shhh[/I]]

However, I got a new bedset =)
So now I bring forth a springboard for you creative wonderful people to jump from, & do a lot of the decor work for me..hahah.

The new bed set is a light grey, white, light blue, & a navy blue. I have a few decor ideas. I think I want to try putting some fabric/curtains up on my closet for a makeshift...door, since it's open. i just need to figure out how to execute that without making holes. Also i'm going to get some frames & probably spary paint them & hang them up something like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/toodeloo/4076325638/in/pool-eclecticinteriors or http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcfkaf/4073130921/in/pool-eclecticinteriors . Aftern that I'm not quite sure what else to do.

[B]I need to tie in these pink window shades. i don't have curtains, just shades & the ones here are pink. So I read somewhere about using wallpaper on shades & I want to try that. i was gonna cut a strip & make a bold strip towards the bottom of the shade. however, I'm not sure what color I should use to neutralize the pink & tie it in with the new bed set. My bed is right under the window so the shade is right there. I have no idea what other colors to use for accessories. Everything can't be blue & grey [cause I said so...lol]. So I need complimentary colors I suppose.

I still havent figured out what to do with the gap behind my bed. It's a good foot from wall to bed frame. Since my frame is not solid [it's black & has more of a bar look] I can see the gap & it just bothers me that there's a foot of empty space there. It would bother me less if there wasn't this dumb column in the corner. The column is about a foot wide & a foot deep. The murphy bed is out for now, I can't afford to buy one right now & this frame is only about 1-2 years old & was a gift from my father. So I can't part with it just yet. Besides, it's still perfectly good.

I have a bunch of mirrors that I'm not doing anything with, so maybe I can tie those in? I have 2 that are almost full length, 1 on my short dresser, 1 small one. I'm thinking about doing something witht he light fixture here, it is so unbelievably CHEAP! If you turn it on the WHOLE box shifts [& exposes WIRES! you can lift it off the wall!] & the glass wiggles. I can't believe it was even put in here!

Sorry this was so long! I'm kind of at a loss. I've been googling ideas like crazy but I'm having a hard time findinf ideas I can actually use at the moment. Besides this is my first time ever decorating. THANKS EVERYONE WHO HAS GIVEN ANY ADVICE THOUGH! It's so very appreciated :)

11-05-2009, 07:18 AM
So, I decided to stop being lazy & help you all help moi [read as : i'm slightly less lazy]

I took some pics..I basically phoned it in, but you get the gist of it. [i feel weird that i'm the poster 3 times in a row. my thread so it doesn't matter tho :p]

On to the pics, & their needed explanations.

This is my left wall. That's the door which is right in the corner. The el crap-o light which is right above the end table [which is messy thats why its not included], & the mirror is essentially a the middle of my short dresser.

This is further down my left wall. Now you can see my full mirror [& apparently all the messiness I was trying to leave out...& my not so lovely legs] & my closet which is open. However, it goes further down the wall [it's more behind the wall behind my dresser]. Also the exposed pipes right next to it that get ungodly hot.

This is the front wall. That window opens to a fire escape. You can see the exposed radiator which gets warm sometimes. The dresser is slightly in front of the end of the shade. that's my tall dresser and tv.

11-05-2009, 07:21 AM
Thats the other end of the front wall. Tall dresser with tv. the gap to the right of it is there because the outlet is right behind the edge of the dresser & if we move it over, we can't get to it =/

This is the back wall. That my bed frame. I have no idea why that bag is there. To the left is the column thing I've been talking about. It sticks out about a foot. so there is this awkward gap behind the bed. Since the bed curves, it's hard for me to think of what to put behind it. i can't even figure out what to do in general. you can see in the right corner, that where the door is. So I don't think I can move the bed over to be against the wall because the door swings that way.

that's the column. That's the curvyness of the back of the bed [which is not currently against the column for whatever reason :-|]

The floor is essentially white. Standard apartment tile. I have a pictures if you wanna see it along with picture of the craptastic light fixture. I hope these pictures help, but I'll understand if they don't cause I half assed it really.

11-06-2009, 10:20 PM

I suppose I can bump this just to see if there's any more suggestions. If not I'll just delete the piccies :)

Thanks ya'll

11-09-2009, 04:05 AM
Sorry I took a while... trying to incorporate it all or most... and I can't... lol. What's throwing me off... the wood and the radiator. But i'll throw the ideas out there.

Re: Moving furniture, you'll be limited in moving around. So we'll keep things as they are.

If you're opting for color:

http://www.brylanehome.com/decor/Geometry-Microsuede-Comforter-Set.aspx?PfId=15227&DeptId=20588&ProductTypeId=2&PurchaseType=0&pref=pvp&affiliate_id=015&affiliate_locationid=01 (http://www.brylanehome.com/decor/Geometry-Microsuede-Comforter-Set.aspx?PfId=15227&DeptId=20588&ProductTypeId=2&PurchaseType=0&pref=pvp&affiliate_id=015&affiliate_locationid=01)

Same window treatments. Utilize bamboo beaded curtains for your closet. Tall branches (dried curley willow, red dogwood). I would opt for a more red, less brown type bundle behind the headboard, and a lean version in some type of floor vase to possibily hide the heating pipes (artificial/non-flammable). Add tribal elements throughout in dark chocolate/black, wall art: masks, adrinka symbols. Create your own art by framing tribal photos, textiles or an image of yourself with a half painted face; tribal look, or an air still photo of your hair flipping back. Find a rug and/or throw blanket that ties into your tribal element.
IDK what to do with the radiator, except get a radiator cover. Example branches:
http://www.nettletonhollow.com/curly_willow.html (http://www.nettletonhollow.com/curly_willow.html)

Another affordable option, find a tribal textile and DIY. Select 3 earth tone colors that tie into your textile. One could either make a comforter cover for existing bedding and change the skirt, or create a thick horizontal or verticle bed runner with the textile. Create 2 king sized pillows using the textile, purchase an arm pillow. Fold over your bedding exposing inside sheets, lay the pillows. Instead of the tall branches hang a bed crown, draping sheer or rich fabrics along side the wall to the floor. Use a color of the three that pops. Window/closet treatments: create a window cornice or pleated valance using the textile. Add sheer/luxury curtains for elegance or bamboo treatments for ethnic. Example:

http://www.smithandnoble.com/sn/product_category.jsp?sch_cat=Upholstered%20Cornice s&nav_cat=-19477 (http://www.smithandnoble.com/sn/product_category.jsp?sch_cat=Upholstered%20Cornice s&nav_cat=-19477)

Add a touch of animal print for flooring if it coincide with scheme. I hope I added assistance.... good luck.

11-09-2009, 04:08 AM
Sorry X, I keep forgetting to combe back in here. But I will.

11-09-2009, 06:51 AM
It's cool, take your time. lol. I've been here since about March so I'm clearly taking mine :)

Thanks fuzzi, you gave me some great ideas.

11-10-2009, 10:14 PM
I have a radiator cover in my main bathroom. They're very much customizable. If you're interested, I can take a picture or two of what that looks like (in the event that hasn't been mentioned as yet).

11-11-2009, 06:20 AM
Thanks, that would be cool. Do you know where I can get one from?

11-11-2009, 12:34 PM
Thanks, that would be cool. Do you know where I can get one from?
Nothing local comes to mind, unfortunately.

Sears and Home Depot can do radiator covers, but you might like to consult some of the companies in the Philly area that actually specialize in radiator enclosures with pipe collaring.

11-11-2009, 01:54 PM
..... where I can get one from?


The Eton seem chic.


Nice covers here too. Do a google near your area.

11-12-2009, 02:16 AM
Oh wow, those are actually quite lovely! I think I'm def. going to invest of one of those. Now I have to find a place in my area...