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"I hate dusting!"

The Question

I need some advice about how to deal with a plant shelf and how to put the finishing touches to my Master Bedroom.

I recently had some help de-cluttering our Master Bedroom and am now at a standstill as to how to decorate it. I love that the room now looks un-fussy as I hated the clutter and I am nervous that I may end up back at square one.

I have the colors down to a taupe-y brown on the walls with red accent pieces and I am really happy with these colours.

However, I'm left with the dilemma of what to do with this massive plant shelf that runs the entire length of the interior wall of our room.

I would prefer decor that doesn't require a lot of upkeep (ie: dusting) and isn't too fussy but I don't want it boring, either.

The Answer

I would certainly not suggest you put lots of bits and pieces up there - life's too short for that much dusting!

It is hard to answer the question without actually seeing it but one thing that came to my mind was painting above the shelf in the red that you mention and then having some lighting fitted that cannot be seen from floor level but will light upwards and take on the warm glow of the red paint.

This could be really romantic and cast a lovely soft glow in the room - not to mention looking very stylish.

If you don't like the idea of the lighting then I would suggest you just paint - again in the red - and leave it at that.

There is a lot to be said for clean lines and empty space and I think this may be a case of 'less is more'.

The Response

Thank you so much, Andrea - for the quick reply and the ideas.

I'm so glad to read what you wrote because I had already been thinking that I truly enjoy not having anything up there, but that it could definitely use some color.

The red above is a great idea since it's a rather dimensional ceiling line there.

Painting the red on the back section would definitely give it visual interest. I also like the idea of the lights - currently there are no outlets in that area, but that could easily be remedied by a good friend of ours.

Thank you again!

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