Your bedroom should be a sanctuary. I love hanging out in my bedroom. It’s the perfect escape from our busy family life. When we built our home, we painted the walls, BM Collingwood. It was the perfect color to help it feel light and airy while still cozy. While I still enjoyed our bedroom, I was definitely ready for a change after 4 years. Design trends have changed so much lately (check out this post on the latest design trends for 2021),
Before painting our bedroom
As a designer, I often see homeowner’s bedrooms being a drop zone for all the things. Our bedrooms should be a sanctuary where you can feel relaxed and cozy after a busy day. At least if the rest of the home is messy, you can hide away in your peaceful bedroom. This is why I have put together my latest Declutter 101 course where I help you know exactly how to clear out all the things and start fresh in your bedroom. Grab access here!
When I fell in love with this color on one of our other projects, I knew our bedroom was the perfect spot for this color.
White bedding has been a favorite of mine for many years (if you’re wondering how I keep it clean… yup, I am forever spilling on it, lol. But it’s an easy fix with bleach and or stain remover). White offers the feeling of hotel luxury. Layer it up with lots of texture and add pops of easy-to-change color with big throws and pillows. Neutral bedding makes it easy to paint the walls almost any color! Since paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to update your space (if you can paint it yourself), painting your walls can be a simple update.
More before update photos
This is what our room looked like when we built over 4 years ago. See our home reveal from a few years back here. It has changed a few times since then:)
The blue-grey bedframe we bought a couple of years ago is so comfy but it can be a difficult color to decorate around. The bedframe was a Costco special. I would have taken the time to choose something else and plan out a more timeless option, but when my husband suggested we buy it, I had to take the opportunity to get a real bed frame! Our mattress and box spring was on the floor with just a headboard, so anything to get our mattress off the floor was a done deal.
If I could change anything, I would go with a lighter more neutral fabric. I am seeing more black metal on-trend lately too. Check out my latest post here for inspiration. What is your fav bedframe style right now?
I am loving the update. It’s super cozy. It was easy to paint the walls with the white feature wall staying BM Chantilly lace. We didn’t even have to move the bed!
The one thing that has not changed is our black dresser and end tables. I found them as a set years ago for only $100! They were being sold used at a furniture rental shop. The headboard and mirror were broken and there were a few dents in the dresser and end table. It happened to be a great find and I still love them to this day! I love finding stuff like that much to Ryan’s dismay, lol (We were always on such a tight budget that good finds like this were like gold to this designer)! Because of the timeless black color, simple lines and decent quality, these pieces had to stay.
When choosing furniture for your space, choose timeless options. Pieces you know you will love many years down the road. Even get brave enough to have your end tables, bed frame and dresser all in different finishes. Breaking it up helps it not feel so matchy matchy and creates interest. Also, keep your room down to only one dresser. It helps to keep it from feeling cluttered. Hide the rest in your closet if need be. Thats where my makeup vanity actually lives;)
With a new rug, new light fixture, new lampshades, and one can of new paint, we were done! For around $300, we have a fresh new look. I just love how cozy this color is. Now I am wondering… where else should I paint this color?:)
We both love having a fan on us at night. So in a compromise, we changed out the fan for a new chandelier and replaced the fan for this cute tabletop one.
The one recommendation I wish I had known sooner- always use a flat paint finish when painting a darker color on the walls. In an eggshell finish, it still can be quite reflective, showing off all the imperfections on the wall and leaves a glare in natural light.
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