The Primitive Bedroom
Decorating the primitive bedroom is one of my favorites. Place candle lamps on your end tables to give the room a very warm, relaxed feeling. Place books in primitive baskets on the floor and braided rugs at the foot and next to the bed.
Put a quilt rack at the foot of the bed and drape a warm, cozy rag quilt on it. Earth tone quilts and pillows make a wonderful addition to the primitive bedroom.
I recently made a "Thimbleberries" quilt for my newly decorated prim bedroom. The pattern is called "Safe Haven". I started it about 3 years ago but just recently had the time to finish it. I also made the pillow shams, square pillow and neck roll out of left over fabric I had. Hope you enjoy.
For great instructions on how to get started quilting check out "How To Quilt", a beginners guide to quilting!
Wall colors can range from dark browns, dark reds, yellows, greens or whatever speaks primitive to you. I find the lighting in the room gives it that back in time feel.
If you enjoy making puzzles, find a puzzle with an early American or primitive theme and then matte and frame it! I chose to leave the glass out so it doesn't glare as much. Many times you can find these at yard and garage sales. Remember to use puzzle glue to keep the puzzle together before framing it. You can find this in the craft department of any store.
Place a primitive rag doll on the bed. I have a window seat in my bedroom so I decorate it with small pillows and primitive dolls. I try to match my pillows with my bedding to tie everything together. Small antique carriages holding your favorite antique doll looks great in your primitive bedroom. Place a primitive Santa in it and place sprigs of holly and berries inside for a seasonal change.
You can also use an old trunk (I found one in my attic and painted it black) to hold spare quilts and blankets, magazines or whatever appeals to you. Try stenciling flowers or a favorite theme on the front, sides and top. Or just choose one of the three. When your trunk is not in use place a folded quilt on top!
Coloring of the walls in your primitive bedroom can range anywhere from white to the dark browns, tans, greens, or whatever matches your accessories. I simply love dark brown with white trim! My room is large enough where I can use a dark wall color, but if you have a smaller bedroom don't go too dark. This will make the room look much smaller. Try a lighter color such as white, off-white, tan, sage green or a lighter shade of yellow or gold.
A chair rail around your primitive bedroom can be used to display some of your primitives and adds interest to the room. You could also paint the top and the bottom of the wall different colors using a darker color on the top.
Stenciling around the top of the wall is a nice touch in your primitive bedroom. There are an enormous amount of stencils out there to choose from.
Tart burners are great to use in the bedroom because they give the room that wonderful aroma! Tin lantern-type tart burners can be bought at any country store and placed on your nightstand, dresser, windowsill, just about anywhere you can find a spot for them. What I like about tea-lights is you don't have to remember to blow them out!
Another way of bringing your primitive bedroom back in time is with the use of lavender. It was used hundreds of years ago to not only alleviate aches and pains but as a natural tension reliever and sleep aid. The benefits of this great herb are endless!
Try burning vanilla lavender scented candles from Colonial Candle to make the most of your primitive bedroom experience. You'll sleep like a baby.
Curtains can make a statement in your primitive bedroom by just trying new ideas.Try tying longer curtains back with jute or raffia. Raffia comes in many different colors so you can combine several to match your color scheme.
I have large windows in my bedroom (ceiling to floor) so I'll put several panels together and then section each one off and tie raffia around the center of each panel. You can move the raffia up or down to have the effect you want. This is a very inexpensive way to have a different look!
Any material you like will do. I like cotton, but you could use muslin or whatever you like. I just think cotton and muslin makes more of a primitive statement. Again, experiment with stamps and stencils on your fabric. It's really different and will be one of a kind! Always wash any fabric first before making curtains!
These are just a few ideas on decorating your primitive bedroom.
Check back soon as I will be up updating with more primitive tips and ideas!