Romantic Bedroom Makeover + Triptych Tutorial


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Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about discovering my color story after reading the just-released book Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson. Inspired by my personal exploration into colors and the way they make me feel, I decided to do a romantic bedroom makeover with some new paint on the walls, new bedding, accessories from around my house, and an amazing wall art photography project!

Before embarking on this makeover, my room looked somewhat dungeonous – The walls were a dark mauve type color {that I selected because it was called ‘naughty neutral’ and I found that to be humorous}, the bedding was grey, the sheets were white but dingy, and the surfaces were all cluttered. The only pops of color were my yellow pillows. Here are two {embarrassing} before photos.

I began this transformation by painting the walls a brighter color. I wanted a light neutral that would allow the other colors in the room to shine. I went with this cream color that has a touch of peach. It really brightened the room beautifully!

The big change in this room is the amazing artwork behind my bed. Remember this photograph of sunset in Biloxi, Mississippi from our winter road trip? I turned it into a triptych, which is basically three images that work together to form one image.

To make these image, I first decided which size canvases I wanted on the wall. I selected 16″ x 24″. Then I used that same ratio to crop my photo down into one large image that is the sum of the three canvases using Photoshop. From there, I edited it to enhance the color a little {and remove some random people who would’ve otherwise been in the picture}, and cropped them into three separate images. This is how they looked side-by-side in Photoshop. Each image was saved separately as Sunset 1, Sunset 2, Sunset 3.

From there, I uploaded the images to a canvas printing website and crossed my fingers that they would arrive in time for this post. I hung them above my bed. I’m not much of an exact-measuring type person, so I eye-balled it. I think it looks perfect!

Next up, new bedding. That grey quilt felt drab and uninviting. I want my bedroom to feel soothing and relaxing, not boring. I pulled one of my favorite colors from the different combinations I created in my previous post: light aqua. I also purchased a new sheet set in a sky blue. I liked how these two shades of blue complimented each other.

I also wanted to tie in my love of the color gold, and accent pillows seemed to be the perfect way to do that. Rather than opting for solid gold pillows, I selected two patterned pillow covers {this is an inexpensive way to switch-up your decor; get pillow covers that you can place over old pillows that no longer match your new decor} and this “Hello Lovely” pillow that I found at Target.

I cleared off our large chair next to the bed to create a nice sitting area. Remember my flower vases from the last post? Those are perfect on the nightstands. I think I may switch out these silver lamps for gold lamps in the near future, but they work for now.

Remember that cluttered dresser surface I photographed previously? It was pretty terrible. I cleared it off, dusted it off, and placed all my favorite antique-style picture frames on it. I filled the frames with photos from our 10-year wedding anniversary photo shoot from 2015. I also hung another image printed on wood from our 7-year anniversary above it. Can you tell how much I absolutely love photography? Moll Anderson uses a lot of photography in her book to show how color can be seen in so many different ways!

When I began this romantic bedroom makeover, Richard said I was missing the ‘man’ in ro’man’tic because initially I selected some peachy-pink and lavender pillows, but once I switched those up for the gold pillows and added the blue bedding, he was sold! I think it’s now a beautiful space where we can relax together. The pastel colors and gold touches inspired by Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color create such an inviting bedroom.

Head to Target where you can purchase Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson. Also, check through their home decor section for inspiration. Target has so many wonderful decorative and functional pieces for every room in your home.

So… What’s your color story?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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4 Responses to Romantic Bedroom Makeover + Triptych Tutorial

  1. Jenna M Wood says:

    Wow! I can’t believe how much that simple color change, on the wall, instantly transformed the mood of this space! Of course all the finer, softer details all really help transform your bedroom into a soft, yet romantic, color story. It definitely looks amazing!

  2. Wow, this space is a true transformation! I love everything about it! The paint colors, gold touches, vintage frames- great job! #client

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  4. This turned out sooo beautifully!

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