Primary Bedroom Design Board – One Room Challenge

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Primary Bedroom Design One Room Challenge

This year I have decided – somewhat last minute – to throw my hat into the One Room Challenge with a new Primary Bedroom Design. This project doesn’t have the grand DIY scale that you have probably come to expect from me. However, it is a complete refresh of this room. I rarely do this. I am replacing almost every single thing in the room. The only piece of furniture staying is the bed.​​​​​​​

The Before

primary bedroom before makeover, tufted upholstered bed, chandelier and simple wall art

I never really finished designing this room. We replaced the bed a couple of years ago and I bought nightstands that I no longer like. The chandelier was one I loved and wanted because it was so popular at the time but it really doesn’t fit the 8ft ceilings in the room. The room looks bare and empty.

Primary Bedroom Design One Room challenge design board

This design is inspired by the latest direction that my personal style has taken. It’s that California relaxed and casual feel which combines modern design with vintage and classic elements. It’s warm tones, earthy colors and textures, and an overall cozy mood. I am not moving very far away from the light and bright aesthetic that I have stuck to in the past.

The Textiles

The coziness of this room comes in the form of both warm tone colors and layers of texture. I am switching out my white cotton bedding for a linen set. I’m staying with light colors – white and natural stripe – from Magic Linen. There is nothing like a fluffy bed to climb into at the end of a long day!

light colored bedroom with cozy linens textiles

Beautiful bespoke pillows from my favorite Etsy shop – Hackner Home – will add even more subtle color and texture. I love supporting Jona’s small business and her pillows are great quality and very affordable.​​​​​​​

I don’t have drapes currently and we don’t need them because we installed shutters on the windows last year. However, adding drapery, even if it’s just decorative, softens the space and helps create that cozy feel. I loved the pinch pleat drapes I got for my dining room and would order them again in white for the bedroom. I also have a post on How To Hang Drapes Like a Pro.

image of window with white drapes and black curtain rod, used in primary bedroom design

For the rug, I have chosen one of the currently very popular printed vintage rugs. I think the colors in it tie in the fabrics with the furniture of the room.

close up of Loloi rug in a bedroom with hardwood floors used in primary bedroom design

The Furniture

This is the main part of a primary bedroom design. I am keeping our current upholstered bed. I think it already has the contemporary transitional design I’m looking for. Clean straight lines contrast with the traditional tufting detail.

nightstand product photo

I have ordered these nightstands after much looking and debating. Their stain color is very much outside of my comfort zone. I am hoping that they will bring additional warmth to the room. At the same time, they have a very modern design and a feature that I’m very excited about. The nightstands have built-in power strips so there’s no spider web of electric cords stretching to the wall.

Check out my nightstand styling tips!

The Lighting

ceramic oversized lamp product photo from pottery barn

These cream oversized lamps have been on my wishlist from the first time I saw them. I already own one in the black version and they’re such a statement-maker. I am pairing them with traditional tapered shades. The overhead light is another current favorite and a great mix of modern and traditional design. It’s a semi-flush mount which I need in this room with only 8ft ceilings.

flush mount drum shade light product photo used in primary bedroom design


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