Mood Boards

MOOD BOARD: RUSTIC + QUIRKY

Okay, so I’m pretty sure this is going to be one of those “love it” or “hate it” kind of mood boards. However, truth be told, it’s one of my favorites so far. I am totally in love with the idea of rustic meets modern. Add a dash of quirky and that’s what this bedroom mood board is all about...

1. The Color Pallet – We’re going with light, barely there gray walls (like Martha Stewart Nimbus Cloud – MSL262) for the “canvas” for this room. We’ll also be working with one of my favorite quirky color combos: teal and coral. I love these two colors together! It’s fun and eclectic with a touch of feminine flair. It also has a slight hint of the 50’s era, doesn’t it? In my book, when you’re working with bright and vibrant colors (like teal and coral), and you don’t want the room to look like a nursery, it’s important to ground them with a few darker neutrals. In this case, we’re going with a dark brown / espresso.

2. Deer Head – I think this glossy white resin deer head is a prime example of “modern rustic”. On top of that, it’s the perfect package of fun, unexpected, and quirky. I’m totally determined to find a place for this guy somewhere in our house!

3. Eclipse Curtains (in Chocolate) – Since there’s a lot of color in the rest of the room, I’m thinking the walls, floors and curtains need to be in the dark neutral family. These chocolate panel curtains will bring in the needed darkness while offering some contrast to the light walls.

4. Breck Chandelier – I love, love, love this chandelier! I’m hoping to put it in our dining area one day, but the living room needs to be remotely finished before that can happen. It’s minimalistic and modern, but it somehow gives off little bit of a glam feel as well. I think its sleekness contrasts really well against the rustic finish of the bed and brings the whole room together. Look for Less: Try painting thrift store chandelier with metallic silver spray paint (or glossy white!), then switch out the light bulbs for clear round bulbs.

5. Drake Luxe Bed – Isn’t this bed gorgeous?! It’s so simple, but still makes a big statement. Look for Less: There are so many things about this bed that make it unique and awesome (like the distressed finish, the high headboard and low footboard, and the wood details). But you could always try to recreate the look with some elbow grease, paint (Martha Stewart’s Lagoon or Sunken Pool are a close match), and some distressing action. If you’re looking for a bed with the same lines, minus the finish, here’s something similar.

6. Natural Tree Stump Side Table – Made from solid cypress wood, one of these side tables on either side of the bed (or maybe one next to the chair) would be the perfect way to bring the outdoors in. Look for Less: Craigslist! Search Craigslist for “wood stump” or “firewood” and you’ll find the size you’re looking for – or someone who can cut it for you. To get a similar light finish like in the mood board, just cut off the bark and sand it down to a smooth finish. Then add several coats of polyurethane.

7. Dark Hardwood Floors – I felt like the board needed a little something more, so I added dark hardwood floors (image found here). They would look awesome with the wall color, not to mention #10.

8. Orimono Pillow – I adore this pillow! I bought one from Anthropologie a few months ago, but have yet to find the perfect place for it in the house – though I imagine it going really well in this rustic + quirky setting. The patches that make up the flower are really casual (almost country-ish) and have a lot of interesting patterns and colors.

9. Osman Chair – Every bedroom needs a comfy chair in the corner. I love this particular chair for this room because it has sleek lines and a comfy, tufted back. It’s covered with a super soft, poppy-hued leather that’s to die for. Look for Less: The key here is to go with a fabric-covered chair rather than leather. Find a chair with clean lines and a tufted back (like this one, this one or this one) and have it reupholstered in a durable coral fabric. To get the look for even less, get your DIY on and reupholster it yourself!

10. Insignia Wool Rug – Simply put, this rug is insanely awesome. It’s a mix between chevron and ikat. So, what’s not to love?! The marriage of the two styles is perfect for this rustic-meets-modern room. Oh, and FYI, this rug was designed by one of my all-time favorite HGTV gals, Genevieve Gorder.

So, what do you think? Love it or hate it? Any favorite color combos these days?

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11 Comments

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    Ashley {GirlyObsessions}
    May 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I’m actually wearing this color palette today!! I am seriously swooning over that chair…And i love that stump side table! And the bed…All of it actually!

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    Christine
    May 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Absolutely love the color combo. I have been lusting over it for a while and might have to use that color combo in my guest bedroom. Very nice πŸ™‚

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    Heather
    May 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I love it! My living room is currently beige and brown with some coral (pillows) and I’ve been trying to figure out how to give it more life. Your color scheme gave me the perfect idea to add some teal! Thanks!

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    Alison H
    May 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    LOVE it. I am working on my own mood board for the bedroom and this gave me some great ideas. My idea is to have a rustic wood bed built from old barnwood & pick up some cheap/er side tables and spray paint them teal/aqua. Love the pillow & chand. too. Another great ad would be some old 50’s movie poster framed on the wall!

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      Ashley
      May 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Ooooo, sounds like a good combo!
      And yes, framed 50’s movie posters makes everything better! : )

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    Elizabeth
    May 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Wow! I’ve always loved the blue-and-coral color combination, and this is great. I love how the pillow ties it together so neatly.

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    Ruth
    May 20, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I love most of it. The chandelier (look for less) and colors in particular. I have to say that the tree stump isn’t doing it for me. I have seen them all around, and I know they are very trendy now, but I think they are going to be on of those things that ten years down the road people will be stumped at trying to figure out why they became a trend in the first place. But that’s just me… I might be totally wrong.

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      Ashley
      May 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      “people will be stumped…” haha! Pun intended? ; )

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    Naomi
    May 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I love the deer head! I’m definitely thinking about getting one πŸ™‚

    β™₯Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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    Holly
    May 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Definitely LOVE it!! Those colors are awesome!

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