Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Floral bedspread, 2 1/2 ways

Remember this floral bedspread from Ikea, a little bit Liberty of London, but cheap?

BARBRO Comforter, warmth rate 1 IKEA A lightweight comforter for those who often feel warm and prefer a cool comforter.
For some reason, I want to make one million rooms that use this floral in some way.  Voila, another in the "two ways" series, which is all about looking at one item in two different settings.  Since it is a throw and not a fabric, all the rooms had to use it on the bed.  (I mean, one could certainly upholster a pair of twin headboards in these quilts, and it would be adorable, but I have no photoshop skills, so we will just use our imaginations.)

There are lots of ways to make two spaces different, but with this quilt I couldn't get away from color.  With a floral like this, you generally want to explode the palette into the room or go neutral and let the color pop, but frankly the quilts are not high enough quality to go that route.  (I tried.  Outtakes tomorrow.)

I also found myself compelled to bring out the floral motif.  Maybe it's just my mood.

So it's bright and crazy all around, but still we can have two looks.

Up first: Acid farmhouse

I think of quilts as being a farmhouse staple, so it seemed like a no brainer to throw a funky updated quilt into a funky updated farmhouse.  Iron bed, black armoire, pedestal table, demijohn lamp: farmhouse all the way.  That crazy chartreuse rug, streamlined slipper chairs in peacock blue, ruffled curtains, and the ethereal floral chandelier give it a sense of fun, no?

Look 2: Funky Frenchy

All white furniture keeps it light and fresh, while coordinating the fabrics (aqua drapery and upholstery) keeps it calm and allows the bright gorgeous rug and super fanciful chandelier to take center stage.  I love the shape of the headboard with the pattern in the rug.

Look 2 1/2

So really, this is the same idea as the one above, just combined a little differently.  Yes, I could call it something different, but that would be splitting hairs.  But I made it, so why not include it?

Looking at these boards, I realize why I am so drawn to the quilt in the first place:  I so love this color palette!  While I have all of those colors in my house, no room has quite this combination happening, but I kind of wish it would.

Do you have a favorite?  If you hate them all, tell me: is it just too much color?  what if you were a 13 year old girl?


  1. So current age me LOVES look #1. 13 year old me would LOVE look 2 1/2 :)

  2. Hi Heather I really love the 2nd; I think because the shade of blue softens the bursts of color!

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