The first efforts were quite contrasty with a darkish blue dominating. Although they were exciting, they were too intense for a bedroom and not really restful. This is one of them.
Toning them down required opening up the composition to create more space in the painting as well as using more neutral colours and less contrast in value.
Here you can see the intermediate stage where I've eliminated the darker stripe on the left and added more grey and taupe and white, plus softened the blues.
Here's the finished painting.
And this is the companion piece for the other side of the bed. The same process took place here. I took some advice from Nicholas Wilton, a California artist and teacher whose blog I've been following. He suggests many ways to make paintings stronger and I'm really finding his posts helpful.
I think both paintings benefited from the simplifying process.