Saturday, February 17, 2007

Opinions Kindly Requested

I recently purchased headboards for the girls' beds upon finding a fantastic deal. At 80% off the original price, they were simply too good to pass up. Furthermore, I admired them when I first spotted them online three years ago at full price, but I never would have paid that.

Now that the headboards are home, I need your help. They are mismatched, which does not bother me in the least, but I will need to reupholster them. At the local fabric store I can get beautiful fabrics for five dollars a yard, but I need some ideas on fabric pattern and color ideas. What do you think - gingham, stripe, floral, solid? Pink, green, yellow, white?

Below are photographs of the headboards as well as a picture of the bed linens which will need to match the upholstery. Finally, should I leave the wood in it's natural cherry color or paint it white?





14 comments:

E Caughron said...

I can understand the desire for white for little girls, but that cherry wood is so beautiful right now, it seems a pity to cover it. Good luck choosing fabric. I am not very good at picturing things before they are done. You seem to have impeccable taste yourself, I believe whatever you decide will be just perfect.

Michelle Halpin said...

LOVE those headboards! My entire home is done in dark cherry wood, so I love the cherry. However, for a little girl's room (or girls', if they share a room), I would paint them white. It's just much less harsh, I think. But I wouldn't necessarily coordinate the new upholstery with the bed linenes you have now. Those linens may change over the years, so pick something neutral that will coordinate with lots of different colors that may follow as your girls grow up. That way, you get more life out of the headboards and upholstery. Just my two cents! :)

Margaret in Minnesota said...

I agree with Michelle: for a little girl's room, white wood is best!

As far as the fabric goes, I am partial to gingham in a lovely shade of spring!

Love you,

Me

Sarah ('97) said...

If it's important that all your furniture in the girls' rooms be white, then I suppose you ought to paint it, but I think the current state of the headboards is so beautiful that personally, I'd hate to paint them. I'd be concerned that a lot of the beautiful detail would be lost under a coat of paint.

As for re-upholstering, given that the linens mostly have some pattern to them already, I might go with a solid.

Anonymous said...

I love the bed linens you've chosen and those beautiful pictures on the wall. I can see how white headboards would fit in quite nicely from the photo, but the thought of painting the cherry makes me cringe and there may be features in the rest of the room that the natural wood would complement (?)...so I have to vote for leaving it alone and upholstering it with a solid that has some kind of texture or sheen for interest.

Suzanne Temple said...

Green ginham. White wood.

Michelle said...

I prefer the natural wood, but I would have to see the same picture with the headboards in place. Sometimes, try as you might, you can't get dark wood to mix easily with white furniture. I do think white furniture goes better for little girls (my girls' furniture is white), but the darker wood is more timeless...I suppose you could strip them in ten years?

I'm also partial to green gingham (a similar shade to the trim on the pillows)...although a violet gingham like the shade of the flower in the picture would be nice too. Hopefullly the "right" pattern will jump out at you at the store. I do recommend avoiding white, though. It is most neutral, but imagine the stomach flu and your little girls and those headboards!

Blair said...

If the rest of the furniture is white, I vote for white wood and green gingham!

Jane Ramsey said...

I like the cherry wood. I wouldn't paint it. I think the dark wood would contrast nicely with the white walls and furniture. And I'd go with a green material.

Kristen Laurence said...

Wonderful. Thank you, ladies, for your gracious suggestions. I love the idea of green gingham, but I'm still not sure about painting the headboards.

I'll head to the fabric shop this week to look around. I may need your input again at that point. Thanks again!

helene said...

White wood. Something pastel pink and green.

Anonymous said...

I hope it's not too late to comment. I think that if you go with gingham fabric or any other pastel fabric, the white wood would look better. I love the idea of green gingham and white wood. It would be fresh and pretty looking. I would suggest getting a subtle pattern for the fabric, as it would hide any dirt better.

Anonymous said...

my husband is a bit of a craftsman and he says that anyone who paints an expensive, beautiful solid hardwood like cherry, mahogany, walnut, birds eye or curly maple, quarter sawn oak, etc...will have to answer to God for what they did. :)

If it is a cherry FINISH on a less expensive wood like ash, poplar, soft maple, or birch (which can be stained to look like cherry) then he says it's ok to paint it.

Kristen Laurence said...

Anonymous with the craftsman husband, thank you for commenting. I relate to these thoughts. I'm quite sure the wood color will be the tough part of the decision-making here.