Bedroom Decorating & DIY mood boards

Olioboard Challenge: 7 Days, 7 Bloggers, 7 Moodboards

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Hello, hello!  As I told you a few days ago, I was invited by Olioboard to participate in a moodboard challenge with six other bloggers, and today’s my day!

The challenge was for all seven of us to create a moodboard in a coastal cottage style.  Each of us had a different room to design.  The room I chose was a bedroom.

So here’s what I came up with…

coastal cottage bedroom 1

Greens and blues.  Are you shocked?  Ha!  Of course not!  As you know from my own little condo, I can’t seem to get enough of greens and blues.  There’s just something so soothing about that color combo (even if they’re of the teal and apple green variety like I have in my own home).

But for this room, since I was going for a coastal cottage look, I went with much softer colors that I’m normally drawn to for my own home.

My very first choice for the room was this wallpaper…

coastal cottage bedroom wallpaper

Oh my goodness, I love it!  The colors are perfect, and that adorable squirrel with the acorn in his paws makes me smile.  Okay, so I know the wallpaper reads more “woodsy” than “coastal”, but that’s okay.  I wasn’t going for a theme room, just an inspired room.

The next selections I made were the bed and the dressers that would serve double function as bedside tables.

coastal cottage bedroom bed and dresser

Don’t those look pretty together?  I like the clean lines and sophisticated style of the bed paired with the warm and earthy dressers in the medium brown stain.  Gorgeous.

After those main selections, the rest kind of fell into place.  I wanted to add lots of natural elements and textures.  The lotus flower chandelier, made from hand cut capiz shells, is definitely a stunner.  At $649, it would certainly be a splurge, but I’m almost certain that an inexpensive DIY version could serve as a reasonable substitute.  (I imagine something made with vellum.)  Of course, for a beach-inspired room, woven baskets and glass items are must-haves, right?

coastal cottage bedroom details 1

And of course, for a bedroom, lots and lots of textiles are essential.  I tried to keep the colors fairly consistent, while incorporating lots of varied textures.  If I were actually decorating this room, I’d add even more texture if I could find it.

coastal cottage bedroom details 2

For the bedside lamps, I chose two similarly shaped lamps made out of different materials—glass and driftwood.

coastal cottage bedroom details 3

And finally, my cozy bedroom needed a comfy seating area.  Grounded with a floral rug, I added a chair similar in style to the upholstered bed, a soft blue ottoman, a rattan ottoman used as a side table, and a curled vine floor lamp.  At $699, that floor lamp would also be a splurge.  (Why is lighting so darn expensive?!)  But again, I think an inexpensive floor lamp dressed up with tall pieces of bamboo or birch could add the same effect to a room.

coastal cottage bedroom details 4

And that wraps it up!  That’s the tour of my coastal cottage bedroom.  What do you think?

I seriously love using Olioboard.  It’s so easy, it’s fun, and it’s quite addictive.  If you haven’t tried it out yet, you really need to!

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    Beverly Pennington
    August 18, 2011 at 11:25 am

    love it!  that would be one gorgeous room

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    Jenna, SAS Interiors
    August 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Looks beautiful Kristi!  It's such a serene space, but has splashes of exciting colors and textures. Love Olioboard!!

    xo Jenna

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    Barb Tilton
    August 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    All it needs now is an ocean view!  What a beautiful room.  Well done!

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    August 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Love the colors & textures!  Trust me….here on the New England coast we have an (over)abundance of squirrels and the wallpaper is perfect! I prefer the glass table lamp…a family heirloom of my aunt's was a glass lamp almost like that only to get color they filled it with colored water and could change it to suit any decor. How cool is that?! Your choice of dresser is a dead ringer for what I grew up with on the coast and the rug makes me drool 🙂 Would love these colors for my living/dining rooms! Only suggestion is driftwood chandelier vs capiz shells…then again depends on what type of coast!  I think you nailed it all in all!

    Guerrina in CT

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    August 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Only two words needed:  LOVE. IT.

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    Rhoda Southern Hospitality
    August 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Great job, Kristi! I love all the elements in your bedroom design and I'm so drawn to greens & blues too.  This has been fun!

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    Roeshel S
    August 19, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Beautiful job, Kristi!  I love blues and greens together and the texture is perfect for the coastal vibe!  

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    August 19, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I'm sorry, what is this life of Reilly you live?-lol! JOKING-seriously, I KNOW it's hard work as well as a GIFTING…but…..WHAT FUN! 😀
    I'm a sucker of the green/blue connection myself, even BEFORE it got way over popular yrs ago, and so yes…..I'm a sucker for all decor in those colors, no matter what genre realm, so…me loves 🙂
    Especially the woodsey squirrel! As I live in the northwest in this little yellow cottage, so, cute inspiration w/the nut-and what a great match to the wood dresser (I've had to TWIST my arm over the yrs to STOP painting wood furniture 😉
    And as for the olioboards….THANK YOU for sharing! I've seen similar blog sites trying to 'sell' the inspritation of these boards, but I didn't want their inspiration (as knowledgeable as it might have been-and don't allow that to make you grince in trepidation at their thoughts- I pray they DO find the business they need, YOU included, and blessings upon it)…but, I wanted my OWN try! So Thank you! Haven't had a chance to have fun on them yet, but will in the future.
    And thanks for checking out my lime greeny/chartruesse painted door last week!
    Much love,

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    A Creative Spirit
    August 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I LOVE YOUR BOARD and thanks for letting us all know about Olioboard and this series… I AM NOW HOOKED… Being an interior designer in my prior life, it is fun to play on PInterest and Olioboard. I found it was REALLY easy to add my own items too which will be loads of fun….

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    Lynda Quintero-Davids
    August 23, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Very well done board Kristi! You really captured the essence of coastal cottage style through your color palette, furniture selections and accessory choices. 
    Olioboard is really a great site & design tool and it was nice meeting and collaborating with you and the other bloggers. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful boards there.
    Love Olioboard!
    xo Lynda

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    August 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Yes very nice 🙂

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    August 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

    This is a good post. This post give truly quality information. I’m definitely going to look into it.Really very useful tips are provided here.looking amazing! that would be one gorgeous room . thank you so much. Keep up the good works.thanks for sharing the beautiful images with us.

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    Stoica Office Interiors
    April 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

    These look good, like the earthy coastal feel…