Help for this sweet "Wuthering Heights" master bedroom?

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I would like ideas for fixing up this wonderful master bedroom in this house I bought. It will probably be a rental but I would love any and all ideas on how to fix it up inexpensively but make it look true to its historic self (1915). Wallpaper? These windowseats and windows are what sold me on this room! It has hardwood floors (actually softwood fir floors under the carpeting.) Thanks for your ideas!!!
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  • Therese C Therese C on Jun 09, 2014
    Just a quick sketch for an idea to help stay timeless. Hope this helps. While I am a big fan of flocked wallpaper, it is difficult to use and maintain in a rental property. This room would be beautiful with black and silver flocked paper and sheer curtains. Good luck!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 09, 2014
    I can see lots of interesting ideas, but since you will not be living there, you will not be decorating it...so I have no idea what to suggest. You can get some 1" blinds cut to size at the big box stores...maybe some boxed valances over windows.
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Jeanette S Thanks Jeanette-- I wanted to get ideas for sprucing it up to make it an attractive rental....keeping in mind the historic nature of the house~
  • Janet Cowlan Janet Cowlan on Jun 09, 2014
    I just found a great site that makes wall decals from anything you want, sure there are more than one, but its a great alternative to paint, and or flocked paper.. you can also use sheets (attach 2x2's to the wall and hang sheets straight like wallpaper..
  • Take the carpet up and let the wood floors be seen, paint the walls a pretty neutral color, and add a different light fixture, some cushions on the window seats. You have to be careful about renting, my daughter had a rent to buy, and they didn't buy and left it in a mess, so be careful because they will destroy even a nice place…
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    • Mary Mary on Jun 09, 2014
      @Carolyn Faye Blizzard Lanier I agree. Kalsti, you can always "stage" the house and then remove the furniture, etc. It would give them a good idea of what it could look like.
  • Linda H Linda H on Jun 09, 2014
    you can put sheets/material in liquid starch and put them on the walls like wall paper. They strip off very easily too. Just tack the corners and top edge,smooth down and after it dries, remove the tacks.
  • Vickie Speight Vickie Speight on Jun 09, 2014
    I would paint it a pale blue, make cushions for those window seats and put lacy curtains on the windows for starters. Sounds like you are wanting to "stage" it. I would love to have that bedroom!!
  • Gerry Cardwell Gerry Cardwell on Jun 09, 2014
    How about 2" faux wood blinds on the windows. More durable and keep more in the style of the house.
  • Jackie I Jackie I on Jun 09, 2014
    You bought a house built in 1915 and you want to stay true to the period. Why would you turn it into a rental? Why wouldn't you live in it yourself?
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Jackie I Jackie I would love to live there personally but I can get much higher rent income than if renting out my current house. Plus I built a large pond here, added to the heirloom garden, added a lot of sweet items like French doors, sunporch, have a goose that has a nice pen and roost (it's a long story)..... so I am very attached to this place!
  • Janine J Janine J on Jun 09, 2014
    Lose the blinds & the rug, put in a wood floor & give the walls some color. And add some cushions for the window seats.
  • Michelle Proctor Michelle Proctor on Jun 09, 2014
    after the carpet is pulled up and the beautiful floors exposed I would say a pretty butter cream color with splashes of cobalt blue. That room is just calling for some cobalt
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Michelle Proctor Michelle cobalt blue is my favorite! And I do like yellow and blue.....hmmm now you got me thinking! Thx!
  • Lucretia Randle Lucretia Randle on Jun 09, 2014
    I am thinking Tiffany&co. blue and white with crown molding and wall insets...you know making frames with crown molding on the wall maybe some cameo's
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Lucretia Randle Lucretia nice! I will def. look at this as I love blue and white! I would like to do all the molding myself...Is there a good resource for beginners on this? (ie. saws needed, step by step instructions?) Thx!
  • Anenna Enborg Anenna Enborg on Jun 09, 2014
    Yes. Carpet up. And shabby chic in very white. Add rag rugs and pillows for color. That way anyone who rents can bring in their own color
  • Katrina Kelker Katrina Kelker on Jun 09, 2014
    pull the carpeting up,2 pad the window seats,3 paint the trim of the center Windows an espresso brown,put blinds in the Windows,4 wallpaper walls with a nice silver leaf.
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Katrina Kelker Thanks Katrina! Nice ideas....will think about the window seat material~
  • Marsha Jackson Marsha Jackson on Jun 09, 2014
    If this is going to be a rental go for a neutral paint color. Something greige?
  • Anna Erishkigal Anna Erishkigal on Jun 09, 2014
    This is classic arts-and-crafts style (the woodwork). Because the bedroom is small, I suggest you do NOT go with dark wood but keep it more 'cottage craftsman,' at least while you intend to rent it. You can always go back later if you decide to move into it and strip the wood (it's already painted, so what's another coat of off-white going to do?) Here are some articles for period inspiration: http://---chazz.squidoo.com/arts-and-crafts-crafstman-period-interior-design-home-decorating http://www.pinterest.com/craftsmanjunky/house-interiors-early-1900s/ Authentic period paint swatches (scroll down): http://www.craftsmanperspective.com/advice/interior.html When dealing with renters, you want to remember the following things; 1. You don't know what their furniture will look like. 2. Get rid of the rug. It's hideous, it doesn't fit the decor, and it will likely clash with a renters furniture. It's also a dirt-trap. There is probably a wooden floor under there that is likely in need of a good sanding, but it is a wise investment. Let the renters add their own area rugs. 3. I would -not- put sheets on the walls. You want to use a quality, scrubable paint, preferably in a semi-gloss. 4. Use as light shades as possible on the window treatments. Keep it open and airy. 5. The two windows just scream 'reading nook.' You can pick up cushions at ACMoore and sew neutral covers for them.
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Anna Erishkigal Anna you really are right on the mark--- it is a Craftsman. Thanks so much for sending the links! I will def. check them out. I tend also to agree that it should be light and airy feeling...downstairs has big beams and dark wood pillars so it would be nice to change up the upstairs. I can't wait to check out the links noted here~ thanks again!
  • Joy Joy on Jun 09, 2014
    Pull up carpet, refinish wood floors or install carmelized strand bamboo (doesn't dent or scratch as much - good for rental). Install white plantation shutters on two side windows with boxed cushions in a geometric fabric. Spray paint a small chandelier and install in place of light fixture.
  • Cemira Cemira on Jun 09, 2014
    I would take up the carpet and refinish the floors. I would paint the walls a sunny yellow and paint the trim cream or white (depending on the yellow chosen). I would use sheers on the windows and add cushions to the window seats. What a wonderful nook to relax with a good book!
  • Bonnie M Bonnie M on Jun 09, 2014
    The ceiling has to go too!
  • Sharon H Sharon H on Jun 09, 2014
    It needs beadboard and a vintage wallpaper
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Sharon H Thanks Sharon~ I do love beadboard....Need to look at some combinations for this~
  • Robin Gillett Robin Gillett on Jun 09, 2014
    It's a rental keep it neutral
  • Sue Salley Sue Salley on Jun 09, 2014
    The light fixture looks like it has 2 holes that I can see and probably another on the other side. Does it have chains through those holes? If so it is true to the date of the house. Maybe a medallion around it and leave it. I love those windows. I'm not a decorator but you have some good ideas here.
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    • L.Bird L.Bird on Jun 09, 2014
      @Sue Salley I had just enlarged the picture so I could look at the light fixture because I was thinking the same thing. It does look like the type that hangs from the three chains, and those probably are original.
  • Cindy Miller Cindy Miller on Jun 09, 2014
    Arts and Craft is simple lines. But beadboard makes me think country. Not a good combo. Light color on walls but dark wood trim.
  • Teri Teri on Jun 09, 2014
    It's a lovely room. I'd pull out that carpet, no question there. I'd paint it a nice soft, buttery yellow with white trim, and I agree with Joy about the chandelier, that was the first thing I thought of. I agree with putting cushions on the window seats as well, something in a soft floral that has mostly neutral colors that will not clash with whatever colors the renter wants to bring into the room. If you do decide to put cushions on the window seats, indoor/outdoor fabric might be a good choice due to the durability.
  • Maria Gonzalez Maria Gonzalez on Jun 09, 2014
    creamy colored walls, crown moulding, 2" blinds & cushions on window seats
  • Lamar Lambert Lamar Lambert on Jun 09, 2014
    Ceiling fan, box beam ceiling trim.
  • Valeria Blackburn Valeria Blackburn on Jun 09, 2014
    if this is going to used for a rental, I would tear up carpet, refinish wood floors. Paint all trim a glass white. Paint walls a light neutral gray or "greige". Replace light fixture.
  • Bethany W. Bethany W. on Jun 09, 2014
    I love this room! Definitely refinish the wood floors and replace the light fixture. Lowes and Home Depot both have ones that would look great in this room for very reasonable prices. Cushions in the window seats would be nice . . . if you can sew a straight line you could do them on the cheap too. The most expensive part would be the foam. Oh yeah . . . and neutral paint. Good luck!
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Bethany W. Thanks Bethany! Need to get an updated sewing machine--- I am great at straight lines!
  • Bethany W. Bethany W. on Jun 09, 2014
    Is the entire house this cool?
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 09, 2014
      @Bethany W. YES! 1915 Craftsman...I will post pics for some of the other rooms to get advice as I go! Thanks for your nice comments! :)
  • GIADA S GIADA S on Jun 09, 2014
    Cream colored walls I agree but back in the day vintage wallpaper was used and very hard to remove...window seats a plus making them a great deal to be had..crown molding but be careful not to out date the room..remove the carpet, some are pleased at what the find..after pics a must for us plz
  • Traci BlitzenBenish Traci BlitzenBenish on Jun 09, 2014
    Oh how I would LOVE this bedroom! Those benches would become window seating in a heartbeat! Find some vintage looking fabric and make some cushions!
  • Pat Tyler Pat Tyler on Jun 10, 2014
    I would remove the carpet, popcorn ceiling and the light and call me crazy but I would also remove the large middle windows. To me they look out of place. A nice neutral paint for the walls and a large crown molding would look nice along with coordinating cushions for the window seats along with some comfy pillows. A chandelier would be pretty, but pot lights would be more practical...maybe some sconces. Refinish the wood floors. I would love to have this bedroom!
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 10, 2014
      @Pat Tyler Pat thanks for the ideas~ interesting about the windows.....I kind of like that they may be a little "quirky" though!....Kinda like their owner perhaps?! ;)
  • Paula Noga Paula Noga on Jun 10, 2014
    If this is to be a rental, don't go too expensive on the finishes. Chances are you'll be doing it again in 4 years. (In CA anyway) Sometimes tenants can be hard on rentals, so for your sake, take it easy. But I would get rid of that carpet!
  • Carol Carol on Jun 10, 2014
    I think that I would probably take out that existing ceiling - just looks as though it needs to be replaced. I'd check for any old beams or the possibility of doing a tic-tac-toe of new beams; take a previous responder's idea of a medallion, but get rid of the existing fixture. Carpeting would go in favor of whatever wood is underneath, and do oriental runners, etc. New windows in the center but something in the same look as the ones we see pictured. New woodwork on that center wall, as well. I also think that cushions, etc are nice on the window seats, but as much as they're nice to look at and we think we would sit there --- they're really not very comfortable .
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 10, 2014
      @Carol Carol thanks! Like the beam idea, and I agree about the cushions needing to be comfortable....Hmmm, wonder how to do that best!
  • Julie M Julie M on Jun 10, 2014
    If its going to be a rental, don't go to the expense if wallpaper. Even the best tenants won't take care of it the way you would like. I'd get rid if the carpet and the textured ceiling. Paint a creamy color.
  • Windows Etc., Inc. Windows Etc., Inc. on Jun 10, 2014
    You should paint the walls - Benjamin Moore has historical colors, repaint the trim - but leave it white. If you want a wallpaper look - save the money and do a painted stencil on the walls - they are really in right now! Wood floors would be a bonus - durable and beautiful! Simple valances would help pull in some color and dress the windows. LOVE the room!!!
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 10, 2014
      @Windows Etc., Inc. Teresa thanks so much!! You just answered one of my questions! :)
  • Windows Etc., Inc. Windows Etc., Inc. on Jun 10, 2014
    How about a bead board on the ceiling? New light fixture - if you could find a pretty chandelier at a resale shop that would be beautiful!
  • Carol Scott Porter Carol Scott Porter on Jun 10, 2014
    see what is under that white paint. if its a craftsman all of the wood should be beautiful
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 10, 2014
      @Carol Scott Porter OOOOO! Carol, that is right! Downstairs the dark beams and heavy posts I thought were fir....the flooring here is usually fir in old homes. That is an interesting idea! I will consider this!
  • Pam Uttaro Pam Uttaro on Jun 10, 2014
    Try Googling "bedroom circa 1915" for photos. I did this while restoring our Civil War era home. Found great ideas. Have fun!
  • Carol Carol on Jun 10, 2014
    Forget about rental, I would live n this gem
  • Ginger H Ginger H on Jun 10, 2014
    I would do something like this to remedy the ceiling. http://www.amazon.com/Styrofoam-Direct-Glue-Ceiling-20x20/dp/B005GXAVT6/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1KAF1SYEHZN29SKA8SYV It will cover the pop corn and add insulation value. Definitely uncover that wood if you can. If it's too bad to restore you can always paint it with a border detail and keep it inexpensive yet true to the period.
  • Martha C Martha C on Jun 10, 2014
    I'd paint if you're allowed. Painting the ceiling a shade or two lighter than the walls would make the popcorn less of an issue! LOVE the windows! I'd play up the window seats with beautiful fabrics- pillows & seat cushions. Lucky you to have such a unique & interesting space!
  • Maureen Nussbeck Maureen Nussbeck on Jun 10, 2014
    BM historical paints for the walls with swags on each side window and a matching valance on the middle window. Pull up the carpet and sand and stain the floor underneath. Plank ceiling. Lots of elbow grease but I think the overall work could be done cheaply and would look fantastic. I want this house!!
  • Jo N Jo N on Jun 10, 2014
    If possible, could you post a picture of the outside of the house in this area? I am intrigued with the layout. Is there a reason for the indented windows? Agree with the masses, get rid of the carpet. If you don't need the phone jacks, of course those could go too. Beadboard or wainscoting? Oh the possibilities
  • Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson on Jun 10, 2014
    I look forward to seeing what you do with it.
  • Tuzwoo Tuzwoo on Jun 10, 2014
    I love this room! since you are going to use it as a rental, just paint it in a neutral color and let the renters decorate it.............make sure that you cover those wires on the bottom! if the ceiling is a popcorn one........you will eventually have to get rid of it. they fall down after awhile and make an awful mess. I would put up a ceiling fan/ light fixture. remember when you rent out, you need to maintain it ,but you will most likely get damages from the renters............so less is more at this point.
  • Becky Becky on Jun 10, 2014
    My guess is that there were book shelves under those small windows in the middle, Makes sense with window seats on each side. Buy some foam, cover and do some simple topper to match above. Pick up a paint color from your fabric. Be careful about the pop corn ceiling removal. Prior to 1984, popcorn ceiling had lead in it. You can have it tested for $25. Since it is a rental, I would leave the ceiling. Rebuild the book shelves, could put a dresser under the windows, also.
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 10, 2014
      @Becky Becky thanks for this info and great ideas-- like the bookshelf idea also!!!
  • Charlene Charlene on Jun 10, 2014
    I just love all the windows & natural light. I think I would probably stick with the white paint. And go without window coverings or just put up some white sheers or blinds. Add a nice chandelier. Rip up the carpet and hopefully there are nice wood floors underneath. I also liked someone else's idea of taking out the ceiling(if it is the top floor) and leaving the natural beams exposed. Add some pretty cushions to the window seats and maybe some pillows for a really nice place to sit and I'd put the bed in the middle under the windows. Maybe a black iron canopy bed or high post, wood bed with a low enough headboard, not to block the windows. Just my thoughts. Can't wait to see what you do with it! :-)
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 10, 2014
      @Charlene Charlene I love these ideas! Thank you! I thought about putting the bed there--- but then thought that I wouldn't be able to look at the windows from the bed~
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jun 10, 2014
    The first thing you have to do is decide if this is going to a rental. Once that decision has been taken, I am with Paula and Tuzwoo's suggestions. I agree that you should not put a lot of money in decorating if it is to be a rental. If you decide to live there instead, then the sky is the limit. By all means, cover the wires and rip out the carpet. I would give a high tooth to have hardwood floor throughout my house.
  • Carol Carol on Jun 10, 2014
    This room, by the windows, also gave me a deja vu of something nautical. Maybe looking out for ships coming in ? 1915....not that long after the demise of the Titanic. Some copies, nicely framed and matted of Titanic survivors or passengers ready to embark. Something subtle but antique, mounted or hanging with the photos. Maybe an old pair of lace gloves ? Something more nautical or old luggage tags ?
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    • Elle Snyder Elle Snyder on Jun 10, 2014
      @Carol it was probably the blue rug that made you think nautical. Like the nautical idea tho maybe more something with a lighthouse feel instead of the passengers/ survivors (a little creepy).. maybe period ships of different types. LLBean has those coastal hurrican lamps. The rug looks a bit passed expiration- maybe just a big throw rug with some of the wood exposed.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jun 10, 2014
    Decide if you are going to rent. If so, leave the carpet to protect the floors. Everything depends on your decision to rent or not.
  • Vickie Speight Vickie Speight on Jun 10, 2014
    I have rented several places with hardwood floors and have never damaged them one bit. I think it is asset to renting along with ceiling fans!
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 10, 2014
      @Vickie Speight Vickie these are fir (softwood) on the second level and oak on the first level apparently.....Thanks for your input!
  • Julie Julie on Jun 10, 2014
    There are some great recommendations above. But just an FYI I would not wallpaper at a rental. The tenants will be hanging pictures, etc and damage the paper with no easy repair. Furniture can damage paper as well. In the long run very difficult to keep it looking fresh. Patch and paint is easy.
  • Centrd Centrd on Jun 10, 2014
    @Kalsti, I have a feeling you have good design sense so I would like to add that my interior designer friend has a 1927 furnished rental and gets unbelievable rent for it and the renters have always maintained it immaculately. She has never once had any damage in ten years. She does both vacation and longer term rentals. I'm also designing a future rental and from my experience I think the attitude of the landlord largely determines the outcome, so if you want quality renters, make the place look like quality. Charge higher rent and be picky about who you put in there. Make it so desirable that people will be willing to pay a higher deposit. Unfortunately, everyone thinks renters are going to trash a space so landlords put in lesser quality finishings and the cycle spirals downward, which actually reflects badly on the entire neighborhood. I have the sense you'd like to make this space live up to its potential, so I'd go for it. Doesn't mean you have to spend a lot. The bones are already there with the built-ins, wood floors, etc. If it were mine, I'd add a planked ceiling to cover the popcorn (great idea!). Put pretty & thick bench cushions on the window seats, add either roman shades (or blinds with a pretty valance) to the windows. Which should make any renter happy and less likely to rig up any other kind of light blocking system. I would think carefully before putting up wallpaper but I can see how that would be very pretty in the space. It's just more limiting decor wise and more difficult to change., remember you can do a lot with simple paint. But if you've got a wallpaper vision, then go for it. It would be awesome if you were going to rent it furnished. I can really see a gorgeous vintage bed with some pretty linens and accessories in that space. A pretty armoire with mirror, a sweet dressing table or a standing mirror. So many options...it's a beautiful space. If renting unfurnished, then just make sure you leave space for a dresser, night stand, etc. But even unfurnished, if the room's big enough, an antique armoire could be a nice touch. By the way, I live in Cali now, but am a native Oregonian and spent many years living on the coast (Waldport/Yachats) . It's so exciting for me to see your house and I would love to see more of it :) Please keep us updated?
    • Kalsti Kalsti on Jun 10, 2014
      @Centrd Centrd I LOVE what you noted here! Thank you for all the excellent advice and ideas!!!! I will post the progress and I go!!!
  • Linda G Linda G on Jun 10, 2014
    Great window seats. I would scrap the ceiling or have someone plaster over it to make it a flat surface The puffy ceiling takes away from the beauty of the original room (it dates it and removes the original history).Get rid of the carpet. I don't know what's under the carpet but if you have have hardwood use it. A bright area carpet. If you can't afford a wood carpet the indoor outdoor hooked carpets can be found for much less. You could also make painted canvas carpet depending on what the room is used for. What rooms connect with this room? What colors are they? I would paint this room a sunny (light bright) yellow or Behr bright white. Make cushions for the window seats that will pull in your area rug and furniture. Knowing the purpose of the room (dining, parlor, etc.) would be helpful. Hope that helps.
  • Katie Young Katie Young on Jun 10, 2014
    Ditch the carpet and the popcorn ceiling and that will be a gorgeous room. I love the windows!
  • Kim Eley Judd Kim Eley Judd on Jun 10, 2014
    Have you checked to see if the ceiling has been dropped? That would be my first instinct is to check that, 1915 seems like ceilings would have been that low. If they've been dropped you could restore original ceiling with possibly adding beams. Since property looks over the bay you would want an airy look. I like color but that is me. Bright and cheery with wooden blinds that fold back to capture the view but still hide for privacy. Carpet is a no no near water and sand that is for sure. Possibly a nice fish tank or fireplace? they have wonderful ones on the market that are not too expensive and you could find one with a vintage look. Good Luck and God Bless!!
  • Carmen Carmen on Jun 10, 2014
    Love these widows. For a rental basically what has already been stated. Remove popcorn ceiling and rug. Paint nice neutral color, accent woodwork with white. Maybe put in blinds for your tenants.
  • Centrd Centrd on Jun 10, 2014
    Kalsti, one more thought. It looks like you might have picture rail molding? If you do, that's awesome because you can buy inexpensive hooks that fit over it and renters can hang their paintings off that rather than put holes in the wall. I have these in my house and bought my hooks at House of Antique Hardware online. If that isn't picture rail moulding, you might consider installing it. It's very appropriate to the period. As are plaster walls. If you've got plaster walls, the last thing you want is people hammering nails into them...it's tricky business as the vibration can destroy the integrity of the plaster. I have a 1927 spanish style home with picture rail molding and bought hooks like this one in a bronze finish: Many other options available: http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/vintage-home-accessories/picture-rail-hanging-hooks
  • Carol Carol on Jun 10, 2014
    Actually, Elle Snyder, it's all about that center set of windows. Most likely, they're not original, but my first glance just reminded me of windows in a ship captain's "cabin" -- like one of the versions of "Mutiny on The Bounty" (those would have been dark wood, of course). I even looked at the trees and just assumed that the house was not by the sea !
    • Maureen Nussbeck Maureen Nussbeck on Jun 11, 2014
      @Carol I liked another commenter view of those as the headboard for the bed....it really gave them some meaning in the room!
  • Jerrie C Jerrie C on Jun 11, 2014
    I agree with those folks who recommended scrapping the ceiling. Would be neat if it were a dropped ceiling; gives you lots to work with. But mainly, get rid of the ceiling, light fixture and carpet. I would definitely put up a fan with light fixture once my ceiling is redone.
  • Lori T Lori T on Jun 21, 2014
    I love the deep windows it just asks for cushions.and maybe prisscilla sheers
  • Lori T Lori T on Jun 21, 2014
    But keep in mind if it's going to be a rental don't go to too much expense on window treatments because the renters could tear them up. My Sister has gone through this time after time with her rentals.