Bedroom Bones

Our bedroom continues to be a challenge. In most of the other rooms, we’ve arranged our furniture and personal affects with great success. Even with some incongruities that remain, we have plans about what changes we need to make. Hopefully I’ll get around to a home tour on the blog soon.

But the bedroom boggles my mind, and I’m not sure where to go next.

After painting over the bright teal accent wall behind our bed the beige shade of the rest of the room, things are looking much better.

We decided to supplement the lack of closet space with two Malm dressers from Ikea, which match our Malm bed frame. So far they are working better than I expected.

The problems that remain include the built-in shelves on either side of the bed. There are seven on the left side and six on the right. They aren’t deep enough for books, and while I’m sure I could buy plenty of knickknacks to fill them up, that doesn’t really fit with the clean and minimal look the furniture projects. I’m worried the room will feeling too heavy and cluttered on either side of the bed and too empty above the bed if I do fill the shelves up.

Next there’s the overhead light fixture. It’s a bit too ornate and old world for our tastes. I’m leaning toward replacing it with a globe pendant.

And then lastly, the room is uninspiring. This room is dominated by minimalist furniture. I love the minimalist look, but I’m not quite sure how to strike the right balance between simple and sterile. I’m sure the addition of art and a plant will help, but how does one decide what is the right amount?

Suggestions are appreciated. Have you done the minimalist look before? Any tips?