And when I say shiny, I mean it.
I’ve hinted around a few times that I’ve been lusting over a brass bed for our guest bedroom. I know when I say brass bed most of you are probably cringing and thinking of some awful, shiny, 80’s style contraption, but what I have in mind is something a bit different.
I’ve seen a ton of amazing inspiration images all over the internet with brass beds done right, and I slowly started to piece together certain things I liked about each of them to develop a mental image of what I want our guest room to look like eventually.
For example, I’m in love with the floaty, white bedding in this room, and I love how most of the room is kept simple to let the bed shine:
And I adore the graphic stripes in the rug in this one, along with the slightly rustic touches and the super cozy-looking bedding:
And in this room, I’m all over the ruffles and the pop of pink on the wall, especially when paired with that glossy black nightstand:
Are you with me yet?
When I mentioned to Corey that I was crushing on the idea of a brass bed, he jumped at the idea and mentioned that he was pretty sure his mom had an old one in storage somewhere that she’d probably let us have.
Um, yes please!
A few weeks later (and several days of helping his mom clean out her storage shed so we could actually get to it) we have a new bed in our guest room!
Before I show you, I’ll warn you that the room is currently looking a bit grandma-ish. We still haven’t painted the room, added artwork or other furniture and accessories, and we just tossed on the same bedding we had in there previously, so it’s all adding up to a crazy looking room. But try to look past the mash-up of poorly coordinating items and focus on how amazing this bed is (or has the potential to be).
Drool. I love it.
Like I said, it’s looking a bit silly with the sheets from my childhood bed (this bed is a full, so we had to swap out our previous mattress for my old bed from my parents’ house), the duvet that we dyed purple, and a throw blanket my grandmother crocheted for all of us grandkids several years ago, but I can definitely see the potential.
I had never seen the bed before Corey brought it home, and I was shocked by how huge the posts on it are – I was expecting something dainty and feminine, but this chunky bed is way better than I had pictured.
I think my favorite part about the bed is that it isn’t the super shiny, perfectly smooth bed that I usually picture when I’m talking about brass beds. It’s well over 100 years old (seriously!) and over the years it has acquired a good deal of dents and imperfections, which add so much character and keep it from looking too straight-from-the-80’s.
So where are we going from here with the room? We’re planning on a bold wall treatment in a neutral color (maybe some tone-on-tone stripes?), white bedding with a ton of ruffles, and a few pops of color for good measure. We also still need to track down some new nightstands for the room that fit in with the bed a little bit better, find some cute lamps, and layer in some artwork and accessories to make the room feel complete.
But if you ask me I think this bed is a pretty amazing jumping off point.
And just like that our guest bedroom has gone straight from college dorm room:
To your grandmother’s house:
Here’s hoping we can reel in the grandma vibe a bit and land on something that still feels vintage but with a much more modern twist!
Where do you stand on the resurgence of the brass trend? Love it or hate it?