A Modern Take On Van Goghâ€™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).
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″.
These woven rush chairs are similar to what Van Gogh would have sat in, but with a red twist.
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.
Every bedroom needs a mirror. Keep it simple with this IKEA wooden frame, which is easily painted.
If you don’t have work of your own to adorn the walls with, combine several small prints, like this one by Cezanne.
Water pitchers look way better than plastic bottles and readily double as a vase.