A Master Bedroom Perk-Up
A few months ago, my sister-in-law Emily decided she wanted to do a little perk-up to her master bedroom.
She wanted to know – how can I make a few fresh changes without breaking the bank?
We did one of my typical e-decorating consultations over the phone and email – what worked in her space? what didn’t work? what did she want her ideal space to feel like?
After our call, I sent her a bunch of ideas like “buy these pillows!” “Paint the walls this color!” “get new lamps!”, things like that. I also created a simple vision board for her room based on our conversation:
Here’s the “Before”:
Are you dying right now? Because I am really dying right now! Didn’t she do a beautiful job???
These elegant dressers are IKEA DRESSERS. Emily painted them, added new knobs and also added overlays to the front of the drawers, which you can read all about here. They really are the pride and joy of the entire redo.
I’ll do a separate post on these DIY dressers. The outcome was phenomenal but it was a long and sometimes rocky road to get there. I’ll have to give you all the details and lessons learned.
We’re still playing with bedding ideas (my vote was a neutral linen duvet, but she’s on the hunt for a ivory / oatmeal colored quilt because a duvet is too hot at night…).
And I think she needs a sunburst mirror over the bed.
Like this one:
But she doesn’t love the sunburst like I do, so we’ll keep hunting for something unique and pretty.
Thinking about doing a small perk-up for your own bedroom? Here are a few tips for maximum impact and minimum cost:
1) Paint the walls a warm, neutral gray
2) Keep the bedding neutral and cheap (like a white duvet from Target)
3) Pay a little extra for designer throw pillows that really pack a punch.
4) See if you can manage an IKEA hack like my sister-in-law Emily did (more later!), or spray paint what you’ve got (like I did here) for a presto change-o look for little effort and low cost.