design question

I need help. (I mean, it’s not that serious, it’s a decorating problem, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.)

I’ve been obsessed with getting my apartment as close to finished as possible, and I’m a little stuck with the wall in my bedroom.

bedroom polka dots

Ideally, I’d love to hang an elaborately framed mirror above the bed, but I got a little skittish about hanging a heavy mirror in my rented apartment and also paying for a mirror. So I saw these very cheap black circle mouse pad and thought, why not? So I echoed what I did in my living room….

living room

…but in my bedroom. My worry is that it might look a little immature in my bedroom, where it’s large black polka dots and bright colors. On the other hand, it’s a cheap way to build on a polka dot theme and decorate the wall above my bed. What do you think, yay or nay? What else could I do there that will still let me keep my deposit?

Also, I’ve updated the living room since this picture was taken as well. I can’t wait til it’s ready to show you everything. Back to books and crafts and such later on this week, thanks for helping me get this out of my head and taken care of!


  1. rclnudson says:

    Thank you guys! This was so fun, and everyone has really good ideas. Jewels, yes, right now they are up with tacks. I’ll def post on here what I end up with!

  2. majardesign says:

    I’m also for painting mousepads and maybe get them messy- not in the line, more playful, scattered around, maybe buy even some on different sizes.
    other creative idea is simply to use black tape (thin) and do a pattern with it- it could be anything and it’s really cheap.

  3. Nancy says:

    Love the living room. Suggestion for the bedroom: use an old frame or shape one with crown molding above the bed and place the dots within the frame. Controlled chaos. You are doing a great job.

  4. I love what you did with the mousepads. That’s so creative! What did you use to attach them? It looks to me like there are nails or screws holding them up? Could you paint the head of those black so it blends in? That’s my only suggestion!

  5. craftynail says:

    Maybe you could paint on the mousepads?
    Mousepads are a cool idea by the way!

    1. rclnudson says:

      Thank you! That’s a good idea

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