How I Completely Updated Our Bedroom In Just One Day

This post is sponsored by Brooklinen and Dan Hobday. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Do you have a space in your home that is “just ok?” That’s how I felt about our bedroom. It’s been more or less the same since we completely remodeled it a year and a half ago.

I like the paint color and the knotty alder feature wall we added, but I just wasn’t in love with everything else. We purchased a bedroom furniture set as a wedding gift to ourselves (this was before I knew that matching furniture sets are a “don’t” in design). It was pretty expensive and it’s all still great quality, so I didn’t want to purchase new bedroom furniture, but this room still needed some help.

Master Bedroom Makeover | Sima Spaces
This was one of the first renditions- it was ok, but I just didn’t love it.

I got to work planning out a design and came up with a way to keep it feeling dark and cozy but light and bright at the same time. I am absolutely in love now and can’t believe I didn’t do this before!

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces
The newest rendition!

Solving the off-center window problem

One of the things that I always struggled with was the off-center window behind the headboard. Our headboard has to be on that wall due to the layout of the room- on the left is the entrance to our closet and bathroom, and the other wall would be too cramped with the side tables and headboard because the door opens into it. Due to the window and headboard placement, I always struggled with the best way to decorate on either side of the bed.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces
The window itself wasn’t terrible, but I was struggling to figure out how to decorate on either side of the bed.

To solve this off-center-window dilemma, I centered the bed on the wall and then centered curtains behind that! You can only see a sliver of the window, but it’s generally closed anyway due to its location. The curtains give the illusion that the window is actually centered and it makes that wall look so much less awkward!

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces
I love the symmetry of this wall now!

Adding curtains to both windows also helped to brighten up the room a bit and add some depth. It feels so much cozier now! They’re a pretty sheer fabric, so they don’t have much function, but you could certainly buy blackout curtains if that was an issue for you.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces

Updating the artwork

I love abstract artwork, especially paintings. I reached out to an artist I found on Etsy, Dan Hobday, who generously offered me with some of his downloadable artwork. I ended up printing 6 pieces! I flanked either side of the bed with four 8×10 images which assist in adding symmetry on this wall.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces

I printed them on Snapfish.com and purchased the frames from Homegoods. The prints look beautiful up close- they’re all high quality and incredibly detailed.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces

I have been obsessed with this painting for a long time, and had it printed into a framed canvas. I am so happy with the finished product. It adds a peacefulness and extra touch of color to our room and I love seeing it every time I walk into the room.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces

I also printed a 16×20 of this pretty neutral print. It helps bring in the black and white that I incorporated elsewhere in the bedding, curtains, and pillows.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces
Ignore the nail hole above the artwork… filling that is on my to-do list! ha!

Refreshing the decor

Our nightstand decor was a little stale, so I added in some new greenery (it’s faux, so I don’t have to worry about keeping it alive!), picture frames, and candles. I kept the same Target lamps that we’ve had to keep costs down.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces

I also refreshed the shelves above our dresser and the decor on the dresser itself. I kept most everything, but rearranged it a bit and also mixed in a couple new pieces.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces
How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces
The framed photo on the dresser is my “paper” gift to Josh on our first wedding anniversary- the lyrics to our first dance song.

The key to a good night’s sleep

Last but not least, we got new bedding! Our plain white and gray sheets tended to get so dirty because we allow the pets on the bed. I wanted some comfortable, high quality sheets that would be silky smooth and stay looking beautiful for years to come. I had read amazing reviews online about Brooklinen and was excited when I got the opportunity to partner up with them to swap out our dingy old sheets and duvet cover for gorgeous new linens.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces
I love the contrast of the dark gray and white thick-striped sheets with the delicate gray and white striped duvet!

I’m all about online shopping these days, as most of us are. Brooklinen keeps costs low by offering their products online only. It was super easy to shop their site- what was more difficult was choosing which sheets and duvet cover I wanted! They have three core types of sheets and each one has multiple styles to choose from. You can mix and match all of the styles to create your own set of bedding, just like I did. You can also purchase the pieces a la carte or as a package! I got the “Hardcore Set” from their Luxe collection which includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, duvet cover, and 4 pillowcases. I ended up choosing the graphite and steel oxford stripe sheets and paired them with the smoke stripe duvet.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces

I washed them and put them on the bed as soon as I got them. After our first night sleeping in them, Josh made a comment about how soft they were compared to our old sheets- which I thought were high quality, but pale in comparison to these babies! The sateen fabric is truly luxurious and feels much more expensive than they are- I had researched other luxury sheets and they are upwards of almost $1000! You can save even more by shopping Brooklinen’s website with code sima10 on your purchase over $50.

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces
Dexter approves.

The last thing I want to mention is that the new duvet cover really helped to lighten up our bedding for spring! We had a heavy duvet on the bed before which was great for winter, but now that it’s finally warming up outside, it was time to lighten up the bed a bit- literally. It’s not as heavy and therefore much easier to steal the covers from Josh!

How I Completely Transformed Our Bedroom in Just One Day | Sima Spaces

After these little changes, I am totally in love with our bedroom now. Josh commented that he didn’t think it was bad until I updated it! All in all, this was a relatively inexpensive makeover that had a huge impact on the overall feel of the room. With some curtains, artwork, bedding, and decor, it feels like a new room- and I didn’t even swap out the staples, like our rug, lighting, or furniture. That’s what I call a decorating success!

Author: Laura Sima

Hey there, I'm Laura- creator of Sima Spaces. I'm a home renovator, designer, and blogger based in St. Paul, MN. When I'm not designing or renovating homes, you can find me working as a pediatric ICU RN, snuggling my dog or cat, skiing in CO, or enjoying a glass of wine on our patio.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *