I am so excited to share our master bedroom redo with you. I can’t even tell you how long I’ve spent planning it out, scoping out pinterest, reading house and home magazines, cruising Pier 1 imports, Homesense, the thrift stores (of course!) searching for pieces and trying to get the exact look. I wanted to incorporate bright, fun colours, but also have it be relaxing and clean. And if you’re like me, you’re on that beer budget with champagne taste. I like to look at it as a fun challenge rather than a negative :).
I started by envisioning a colour scheme. I absolutely love the colour turquoise — I think it looks crisp against whites and has that cheery modern feel. When searching around on the internet, I found this picture and it really inspired me to use it as a jumping off point when choosing colours.
What drew me to this image initially was the bright turquoise against the different shades of pink in the flower. But as I looked closer, I really loved the peak-a-boos of lime green, grey, and white. When I had chosen a definitive colour scheme, I then started accumulating inspirational photos on pinterest, commercial webpages, and some of my fav blogs.
Here are some of the gems that got my brain buzzing:
Out of all of the eye-candy images that I have accumulated, I chose these to show you because I feel they capture many of the elements that I really wanted to achieve:
- Bright white areas: Whether it be furniture painted white, objects, accessories, etc. I wanted those crisp whites so that the eye can rest against the more wild colours that I wanted to use as accents.
- The use of grey: I loooove when grey is used in bedroom. In my opinion, it is tranquile, modern, neutral (but not boring) and can be paired with most accent colours.
- Flowers: I really love the feminine touches that flowers can bring to a space. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone can afford to have their homes laced with fresh flowers on a regular basis — and if you’re like me, you kill any flowers within a mile radius! I have good intentions, but also a serious lack of green thumb. Plus, they make such amazingly authentic look fake flowers, and they can be quite affordable.
- Tons of pillows: I am a self-confessed pillow
obsessive collector enthusiast. I love the feeling of climbing into a comfy, luscious bed that is overflowing with comfy pillows. Pillows, might I add, are a great way to be fearless with pattern, texture and colour. If you find your bedding is looking a little on the blah side, by some funky decorative cushions to spice it up. For a very little financial commitment, you get a huge impact.
- Neutral bedding: Although right now I am totally digging the colours I’ve chosen, but I may not in several years. So I wanted to choose a neutral bedding that can stand the test of time, and could possibly be moved to a guest bedroom if I grew tired of it. I know what you may be thinking, neutral blah bedding? That’s so boring! If you jazz it up with some fun pillows and patterned sheets, maybe even some throws, you won’t even notice. Plus, you don’t want every element of your room to be screaming at you. Then it becomes like a heavy metal concert. 🙂 Gotta have some softer harmonies. Unless you’re into metal… than rock on.
- Personal touches: I wanted our master to have sentimental little touches throughout the space. Its nice looking around the room and remembering good times, cute pets you once had, and family members who you don’t get to see on a regular basis (I miss you Mom!)
- Mirrored furniture: Nothing says luxury like mirrored furniture. But wait, I don’t have a ton of money to spend on expensive furniture… OH NO! Oh but wait, that has never stopped us before has it my thrifty friends? I’ll tell you how I was able to get some at a HUGE discount in a later post!
I also tried making my own mood board. To most people this may seem like a daunting task, but really, if you have “Paint” installed on your computer (which I believe most everyone does at this point), you can copy and paste images to make your very own. Or… you could find a similar one to what you want, and then copy and paste over it (like I did). I find it really helps to visualize things all together as a whole. I found this awesome one online from Sarah K. Designs, and then copy and pasted elements that I liked onto it:
Another technique that I often use when trying to sort out design elements is finding an image that I like and then copy and pasting the colours and textures that I’m hoping to use directly into the image. For example, say you’re looking at buying a neutral bedding and you’re trying to organize which colours of pillows to use. Rather than going out and buying all your pillows and trying to sort out which work at home, you could simply copy and paste.
Here’s a photo of neutral bedding that I found on pinterest:
And here’s the final image after I played around with copying and pasting the colours and patterns that I love:
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Even simply markering in colours (like I did with the hot pink) will be enough to give you the idea.
So finally here’s the goods. I’d love to show you my before and after pictures. I only have the initial pictures that I took when I first saw the apartment, but it more or less looked the same when we moved in. The landlord did update the room with a fresh coat of light grey, and they also cleaned the carpets. Nonetheless, here is the before pic:
I thought it had potential :). We got rid of the ugly old blind and random tv shelf. Although the room was already grey, it was dinged up alot, so they painted it a lighter, fresher grey, which I ended up loving.
And without further ado, heeeere is the final product:
There are a ton of redos and projects in this picture that I will post on soon enough. I must make mention, the artwork above our bed was a gift from my dear artist friend Jan Fougere. Jan and I were studio buddies throughout our undergrad. Shout out to my fellow BFA grads!
To the right of the window is this shelf that I redid. It holds all my decorating and vegan books. One day I’ll get around to trying all of the recipes in them…
Here’s a detail shot. Big points for those who can spot the Young House Love book. Holllaaaaaaa.
Here’s some pillow porn for those who love pillows as much as me. Mmmm… pillows :). The hot pink ones were a total splurge from Homesense, but I absolutely love them.
This is my bedside table that I redid myself. I’ll do a post with the specific how-to’s. It unfortunately got damaged in the move, but we plan to get it fixed.
The lamp and dresser in this picture were redone by myself as well. The knick-knacks were from the thrift shop and dollaramma.
I plan to post a video of my bedroom tour very soon. I did one earlier in the month but it turned out being over 15 minutes long and youtube wasn’t having any of it! I will attempt one later this week. Also, I am slooowly updating the “Apartment Tour” area on my blog. I’m trying to get better quality images, but for now I’m going to continue using my
crappy old camera.
I would like to leave you with the following advice that I found really helpful and inspiring. Don’t be afraid to cruise your local thrift shop. Resist the urge to pay full price. You may have to sort threw a ton of junk, but with an open mind and a little creativity there is no end to what you can accomplish. It really is amazing the great treasures you can find at quite a discount. I personally find it really helpful to browse your “dream stores”, get a feel for the look and quality that you want to achieve in your bedroom, and then stop by the Sally-Anne or Value Village. You may just find something similar to what you were just drooling over.
If you have any bedroom redos that you’d like to share or perhaps have a question regarding something you’ve seen in my bedroom please drop me a line. I love a good bedroom make-over! Thank you for reading.