A Modern Take On Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles

I first laid eyes on Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles as a teenager and immediately wanted it as my own. I thought it extremely nice and cozy, even in its apparent transience. Years later and I still think the same: the colors are stimulating and its sparseness adds instead of detracts, making it seem like a great space to create, read and sleep in. Get the look yourself, with a modern twist.

Paint, Martha Stewart for Home Depot (Bluebird, MSL#158).

Martha Stewart Living Bluebird Interior Paint

This Antiquity Low Post Panel Bed in lilac isn’t the cheapest ($979 for a twin), but it’s definitely a statement piece. It’s from a youth line, though roomy enough to have sheltered Van Gogh (they were short back then) and you too, assuming you’re not taller than 6’8″.

MyHaven Antiquity Bed, $979 + free shipping

These woven rush chairs are similar to what Van Gogh would have sat in, but with a red twist.

TMS Paloma Chair in Red (Set of 2), $135.99

This rustic yellow console makes a lovely desk or vanity, perfect for writing home or slicing the odd ear off. Plus, buttery yellow pairs well with mediterranean blues.

Home Decorators Collection Emily Desk, $199

Every bedroom needs a mirror. Keep it simple with this IKEA wooden frame, which is easily painted.

Ikea Horizontal or Vertical RAM Mirror , $9.99

If you don’t have work of your own to adorn the walls with, combine several small prints, like this one by Cezanne.

Madame Cezanne, circa 1885-90 18x24 Giclee Print, $49.99

Water pitchers look way better than plastic bottles and readily double as a vase.

Le Creuset 3-Quart Sangria Pitcher in Cobalt Blue, $49.95



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