Good evening! First off, I hope no one minds the color change. I’d been going back and forth when setting up this blog for a while before I finally let the blue be and began to focused on writing. But still, the blue didn’t feel quite right. So, I’ve gone to green.
Now, as it happens, the colors of my blog match the colors of my bedroom. The green is subtle, almost approaching blue, and accented dramatically by the black and white image.
For a long time my room has reflected interests that I’ve had and design choices I appreciate, but it never really felt like me. At least not 100%. Part of the trouble is that the past two room changes I made were left relatively unfinished. The main part, my bed, was done. But, I never fully got around to making the whole room feel cohesive. I’ve come to learn that room decoration, like most things in life, you will find time to finish if it’s something you really want to do.
I can never thank my parents enough for letting me go through the wild progression of room changes that I requested. Each room change reflected the changes I was going through, each one reflecting a new facet of my personality I was exploring, and each one becoming a bit more me and a bit more grown up each time. I’m not sure if everyone else goes through this sort of progression in their room decor, but it certainly was something I needed to do. Unfortunately, I never did properly document each room change so there aren’t any photos that show the previous incarnations. I started with a pink/orange combo, moved on to tan with jewel tone accents, transferred to tan with a beach theme, migrated to the cream/blue-green I have now with with same beach theme, then finally settled on a very subtle change with emphasis on more navy in the beach theme.
Very recently my room has undergone another, much larger, change and I’ve never felt more comfortable in my room before. The walls maintained the same colors from my last room design, but the change in decor has made them look so different. My beach/nautical design that I had since high school was right in the sense that it echoed the vibe of the ocean. If I could figure out how to turn my room into the Slytherin common room with the large windows into the Black Lake (or the ocean) I would. Alas, I haven’t worked that out just yet. The walls appeared more blue than green owing to the large quantity of blue on my bedspread. It’s the magic of the color that I chose. Now that my room has more black, white, and gray than anything else they look more green which I love even more.
Blue I find relaxing, but it didn’t feel like it reflected me very well. I feel very connected to the ocean, but since I didn’t grow up with an ocean that looked more turquoise than green it didn’t convey that ocean feeling. Now that the room is lacking in any direct reference to the ocean (aside from a shell floor lamp I refuse to part with), the green feels more ocean-like to me — like it’s the light coming through the green ocean water when I’m under and looking up toward the sky. It feels both relaxing and energizing. Green is a color that I feel connects me to nature. It’s the color of my eyes, the color of the ocean that I’m familiar with, and the color of the forest.
As much as I love color I knew that too much of it would send me right back to my past issues. Color makes me feel energetic and inspired and airy and young. I needed something that made me feel like an adult and grounded and calm and powerful without completely turning my room into the cave it so desperately wants to be. Bring in the black, white, and gray. There’s enough black that it evokes all those feelings I wanted, but enough white and gray to keep everything from being bogged down.
As you can see, there are patterns, a tapestry, and table decor (well maybe you can’t see the table, but you’ll have to take my word that there’s a small green ceramic cactus there) that is very inspired by nature. Bringing the outside in was exactly what I needed. I never feel more at peace in my soul than in the ocean or walking through the woods. My new room design exemplified all those details I love most about nature, but kept to a fairly modern design which appeals to me as well. It also comes across feminine without being overwhelmingly so. It’s finally the marriage of all sides of my personality. There’s a few DIY projects in the works to round it out, most especially in the desk area. But, other than those small projects, I couldn’t be happier with it. I look forward to the day when I have my own home to further explore my interior design ideas.