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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!