I hesitate to ever truly call any space in our home finished, which is why I’m deeming this post ‘Our Finished (ish) Bedroom.”
While much of our house has undergone some big changes in the two years since we purchased it, our bedroom was one of the spaces that looked good enough to kind of forget about even though there were lots of missing pieces. You know those spaces in your home that aren’t bad enough to warrant immediate attention but certainly aren’t good enough to excite you? Well, our master bedroom was definitely one of those spaces until recently, when I felt the urge to pull things together. I attribute that to my love of, what I like to call, Fall sleeping weather :)
The best part is, I didn’t make a single new purchase for the bedroom, but instead did a little DIY and shopping around the house. It’s amazing what a little rearranging and a few coats of paint can do!
For a while, I’ve debating adding curtain panels on either side of the two windows, but I haven’t quite pulled the trigger. I like the thought of adding the softness a curtain would bring to the space but I haven’t come up with the right solution quite yet. The jury is still out on that one, but in the meantime, I added some artwork above the bed. Simple target frames and subtle images I simply printed from my computer add a touch of color in the space without being overbearing. And, since the window itself isn’t centered on the wall but the bed is centered on the window (hello OCD!) the frames add a sense of symmetry that otherwise is just slightly off.
Our bedroom certainly isn’t winning any awards in the square footage department. It’s pretty small as far as master bedrooms are concerned, so I knew it was important to keep things simple, relatively monochromatic, and sleek. Rather than going bold in terms of color, I brought in a whole lot of texture to cozy up the space without feeling too busy.
One thing that I think made the biggest impact was paying attention to the nightstand situation. Previously, we were just using mismatched end tables that I picked up at a thriftstore years ago. The widths were right, because we don’t have a ton of space on either side of the bed, but the heights and finishes were different. It didn’t both me enough to change for quite a while, but over the weekend I decided enough was enough. I didn’t take any before pictures (bad blogger!) because, truthfully, I didn’t think it was exciting enough to document, but we ended up cutting 8 inches off one to match the height of the other. Then I gave them both a couple of coats of Sherwin Williams’ Link Grey (one of my current favorite colors!) and immediately things were looking much better.
The nightstands themselves aren’t the same, but with a fresh coat of the same color, they feel like a pair while maintaining their own unique character. Baskets on each provide some additional storage for bedside items and extra pairs of socks, and the woven texture adds some warmth to the space.
Two large art pieces in between the entry and closet doors make a statement without being too busy in this small space. The wooden frames feel substantial but almost disappear on the wall, adding to the monochromatism I was going for.
I think that’s by biggest piece of advice when designing a small space, choose your color scheme and stick to it tightly. Too much contrast and too many colors and finishes will only accentuate the lack of square footage. By staying strictly within my white and blue color concept, the space feels much bigger and more open than it would otherwise.
Not much has changed as you turn the corner. I’ve stacked some artwork behind the television to try and camouflage it a bit, or as much as I can (I’ve tried my best to get that thing out of there, but they say marriage is compromise ;)
With just a few tweaks here and there I was able to pull together a bedroom that makes me happy to be in. Do you remember what it used to look like?! I’d say it’s an improvement!
Does the promise of cooler fall weather give you the bug to pull your spaces together too?