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Get the Look: Patterned Symmetry

I've told you before that I'm not a fan of matchy matchy. But sometimes, repeating the same simple pieces in a room creates a luxurious effect that's muted, not headache-inducing. In this bedroom, the furniture and accessories sit in perfect symmetry, while the split headboard and sunny yellow pendant lights add a playful element that lightens the mirror-image mood.

Furniture: For the bed itself, you can go with a basic frame. As for the headboard, pick up a fabric with a palette matching your duvet, with a big graphic pattern such as these bursting chrysanthemums. Stretch the fabric over two tall canvas frames, a few inches less than half the width of the bed, and staple them to the frames. Pick up two matching nightstands in a medium wood with clean lines, such as the CB2 Acacia Nightstand ($149).

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Lighting: Bright yellow pendant lights, such as the Perch Walker Pendant Light ($190), hanging low over the nightstands will add a playful element and a boost of color.

Accents: Setting an array of small green glass vases and carafes by the bedside makes the nightstands mirror each other, but not to the extreme. Try the Pottery Barn Vintage Green Glass Jugs ($29-69).

Bedding: Start with crisp white sheets and pillowcases. Then, pick up a bedskirt and two throws with the same subtle, green/blue stripe. Next, find a duvet or matelassé with a big botanical pattern to set at the foot of the bed, and pick up textiles in a matching palette for the headboard. Two accents pillows with a graphic pattern in a coordinating color, like the Area Alma Pillowcases ($30 and up) will add an interesting visual element to the space.


Join The Conversation
thelorax thelorax 8 years
Oh this is a really interesting look, I like it! I love subtle stripes paired with...something else. I think our master bedroom will be the last room to be re-vamped in our fixer house *sigh*...but that means I have some time to collect inspiration :-)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I would like to duplicate some of these elements.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I love it, but agree with Haze. I think that it would look nice with 1 panel...not sure about the split
jenlovesgreen jenlovesgreen 8 years
I LOVE the fabric on the panels. Does anyone know where it is from or where I could find something similar?
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