For new readers, OPP refers to “Other People’s Places”—I love decorating others’ homes as much as I do my own! I plan to do a lot more of these types of projects once the wedding is over, but for now, there isn’t much time!
Last year around this time I helped a friend decorate his bachelor bedroom. He rented a house with two other friends, so he really wanted to focus on his space (his bedroom) to make it more polished, finished and just “him.” He didn’t want to spend a lot (it was a temporary space!) so we worked with what we had and spent a little money on the finishing touches.
Here’s what we started with:
A pretty standard room with walls painted the standard apartment yellow-y beige. We couldn’t change the wall color, so we used a lot of contrasting dark colors to change the sea of sameness.
And if you look up, you’ll see this beauty…
It’s a small room, so I knew I wanted a big light. Instant statement! The light itself is actually the one that used to live in my living room prior to the Edison chandelier. He bought the drum shade from me (it seems to be infinitely sold out on Overstock unfortunately) and we covered it in the gingham pillow fabric. It was a bit** to hang this thing but it’s up and functional!
Lots of grays, blacks, browns with pops of bright green. We removed the white blinds and installed the bamboo roman shades to add a little luxury. He’s storing the white blinds for later. Those will go back up when he moves out. Same thing with the overhead light! I’m a big fan of having renters uninstall the apartment stuff to temporarily install new things (shades, curtains, lighting… especially lighting!) Yes, it can be a pain, but it’s better than looking at awfulness for many months.
Overall, this install was super easy—love these 24 hour projects!