black and white toile needs freshening

bbstxDecember 22, 2013

Although I would love to throw out everything I own and start from scratch in the new house, that simply isn't going to happen. There will be lots of new things but for the guest room, I'm keeping the black and white toile bedding.

Currently, the set up is a black and off-white toile comforter (which I never use, preferring the look of an off-white coverlet), black and white toile pillow shams trimmed in large black and white check, and a black and white large check bedskirt. The headboard is upholstered in black with embroidered gold bees. There is a Victorian balloon back chair with the same embroidered fabric on the seat.

I would like to freshen up the look by changing the headboard upholstery and perhaps having the chair reupholstered or slipcovering the seat.

For paint, I'm sort of taken with Benjamin Moore's Organdy, described as a greyed-pink. However, I'm not tied to it, so please feel free to make other suggestions.

Other information that might be helpful to know, this guest suite is by itself upstairs so it impacts no other rooms. It has a double window with a northern exposure.

I do not have lamps for this room yet. Suggestions?

Please feel free to toss out ideas you may have to help me make this room look better.

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Annie Deighnaugh

I love a strong color with toile, so I'd paint the room yellow. I also like stripes with toile...almost like pillow ticking. And you can funk-ify it with things like solid black lamps so the room becomes a little bit relaxed.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 10:31AM
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Thanks, Annie. A very good suggestion but DD will be the most frequent guest in the room and yellow isn't her favorite color.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 11:00AM
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Elraes Miller

Ask you DD what she would like to paint the room. So many shades for you to consider and both of you can meet in the middle. At this point the room is a wide landscape for color.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 11:11AM
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I found this picture on Houzz, the color is BM Iceburg. With black & white toile, you have so many choices. I'm not sure how the gold bee in the embroidery would impact your color selection.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 11:56AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Well, the toile is so neutral, you can mix it with essentially any other, blue, red, gray, peach, lavender...and you can go softer for a more gentle look, or you can go vivid for a more energetic look. And you can mix it up by using the vivid color as the accent as in this room, while keeping the wall color soft.

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This post was edited by AnnieDeighnaugh on Sun, Dec 22, 13 at 14:02

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 1:58PM
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I love toile, and black and white toile is great because it becomes a neutral that can be mixed with so many other colors and still look fresh. The BM organdy is a muted color to me, so I would use stronger, brighter elements of this color, (bright pink perhaps), for pillows and other accessories in the room.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 2:15PM
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technicolor, DD is married and has her own home. If I were to paint it yellow, she wouldn't have a complaint. It is just that I know yellow isn't her fav. All her life I've had at least one yellow room in the house. Plus, I'm doing quieter colors in the new house.

The embroidered gold bee fabric can easily be jettisoned, and probably will be.

The chair looks like the one below (below is Google image, not my chair). I'm seeing a fitted slip cover over the seat with a tiny pleated ruffle around the lower edge, like the one in the first photo in the below link, except without all the ballet tie falderol.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Enchanted Home

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 2:46PM
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We have a black and white theme running through our home, accented by various colors in different rooms. I love the look of khaki walls with the black and white. It has a bit of punch to the color, but is neutral and allows me to easily change up the other colors I use in the rooms, such as red, turquoise, yellow---even some green, if you're so inclined---and so on.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 2:59PM
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How about gray walls and raspberry pink as an accent?

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 3:39PM
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Wow! love that raspberry sofa! I'm such a fool for pink!

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 3:50PM
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Lime green!! The black/white toile with such a crisp vibrant color is a great combo. If you can, throw in a black/white stripe with some pillows or even window valances. Tone it down with your light pink.

I've used black and off white thru my home. I recently redid a guest room in a off white, raspberry, with black accents. I wasn't going to use the black, but found a picture with a black background and it brought everything together. It's also a cottage style with ruffle bedding and pillows.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 2:16PM
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or Tiffany Blue

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 9:31PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Oh my goodness! That Tiffany blue is perfect with the black and white. Of course, the Audrey Hepburn poster doesn't hurt either. ;)

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 9:41PM
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And don't forget the champagne!

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 10:20AM
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I like the Tiffany blue...and the Audrey Hepburn poster! Maybe some of those bright pink accents? Why not? It's a guest room and you should have some fun with it! If you like it and your DD likes it....why not go for it??? :)

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 2:20PM
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Nosoccermom, I was going to suggest Tiffany blue as well! The pic is perfect. Good luck choosing bbstx!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 7:45AM
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You have given me much to think about. We are still a good 8 weeks from move-in so I have time to mull over all of these wonderful pictures and suggestions. Many thanks.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 7:53AM
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Good luck...please show us what you decide. :)

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 4:59AM
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omg, annie... where did you find that first picture? that's my master bedroom! haha well it was before we moved. i still have the toile bedding here in our rental though. lol

flattered, but it's so weird to see pics of my house!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 10:18AM
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for what it's worth, it was much prettier after we wall mounted a flat screen and added a custom fireplace and moved furniture around a bit. :)

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 10:22AM
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Maggiepie11, such a beautifully decorated room. I know you've moved but adding the fireplace, moving the art & adding the mirrors above the's gorgeous. Do you remember the paint color?

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 11:28AM
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Oh, that is just lovely maggie. How funny that it found it's way here as a "do"! Its funny, it almost looks like one of those photoshops where one color is accented while the rest is black and white. Makes for a stunning affect!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 11:58AM
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thanks - sorry didn't mean to hijack, but it was so weird!!

i'm sorry to say that's one of the only paint colors i don't remember from our last house. it was a valspar color - a soft gray with very subtle blue undertones. if i got to play color swatch namer, i'd have called it "cape cod gray" :)

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 5:00PM
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My Daughters room.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 5:28PM
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