One Room Challenge Week 6: Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal

Our neutral master bedroom makeover is finished, on time and everything! This last week has been rather crazy but it all came together, and I love how this room turned out.
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To recap, we rent a little three story house in London, and our bedroom is on the top floor. It’s a lovely light-filled space, and I wanted to keep it bright and neutral but bring in lots of layers and texture.

You can check out all the progress posts here:

Week 1: Design Plan 
Week 2: Art & A Mirror
Week 3: Progress
Week 4: More Progress
Week 5: Refinished Mid-Century Nightstands
Bonus: Desk

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We already had some nice furniture – the storage bed, upholstered headboard and dresser. It was all a bit more traditional than I am, though. I wanted to balance it out with more modern and natural elements.

Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-03The built-ins came with the bedroom, and seemed the perfect base for a big-ass desk/vanity area (that’s a technical term). That involved sourcing wood with a waney/live edge, the width of the room, and laying it on top of the cabinets. Sounds so simple, right? It wasn’t. I’ll post separately about that, but for now, let’s just say it was a bit of a fiasco. I really wasn’t sure I’d pull it off. But I did, with some considerable help, and I freaking love it.

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Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Work Space with Wishbone Chair and DIY Waney Edge Desk
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I’ve got it set up as half office (on the left), half vanity (on the right). It’s a lovely place to work from – I’ve got a view now, and the radiator under there keeps my toes toasty!Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-07
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I feel like I should explain why there’s a hat on the wall, because it’s not just that I really like that hat (although I do).
Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-09The hat is sitting on a little hook, which is there to hang outfits on, so I can plan what to wear ahead of time. Admittedly, the hat is there more often than anything else, but at least I have the option of being organised!

Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-10The pillow is a DIY. I ended up not using the gorgeous green shibori I’d ordered for this, and instead added the grey shibori and some trim to a store-bought cushion.

Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-11 Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-12I found the sweet mid-century nightstands on Etsy and painted them for a two-toned look.
Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Midcentury Nightstand Makeover Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Midcentury Nightstand MakeoverThe rug was the starting point for the whole bedroom design. I bought it on our trip to Morocco over summer. It’s massive, and fills the room perfectly.
Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Wishbone Chair with Ikat Upholstery on Moroccan Rug Neutral Layered Master Bedroom - Tall Mirror, Bed, Eucalyptus Wall Hanging & Midcentury Nightstand Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Midcentury Nightstand Two-Tone + Wooden Hand Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Eucalyptus Wall HangingThe eucalyptus hung over the bed was an idea I borrowed from Love On Sunday, who did the same in the last round of the One Room Challenge.
Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - DIY Eucalyptus Wall Hanging 1 Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - DIY Eucalyptus Wall HangingI kept the bedding simple but textured. I’m on a KonMarie kick, and a pile of cushions on the floor every night – however pretty they may be – does not spark joy.
Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Headboard Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-22 Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - One Room Challenge Reveal - Wide AngleI have to talk about the light, too. One of my biggest peeves about this bedroom before was that it had two pendant lights hung in odd places – one over one side of the bed and the other in front of the wardrobes. The ceiling is low and we are tall, and we bashed it daily. My Dad helped me remove one and swag the other so now I just have one glorious beast in the middle. And it’s all easy to put back when we move out.
Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Tana Woven Lampshade with Eucalyptus Wall HangingAlso, I freaking LOVE this pendant. I wanted to capitalise that whole sentence, but I restrained myself (you’re welcome). It’s big and beautiful and organic, and it casts amazing shadows when it’s turned on. It’s like instant wallpaper for the whole room. I initially hung a smaller shade here, which was nice enough, but bigger is definitely better.
Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal One Room Challenge Reveal Looking Out Midcentury LaRedoute Planter with Snake PlantGlobal Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Abstract Painting by Alice Neave
I talked about the painting a lot in my progress posts. It’s an original, and I love it. I was going to pair it with a photo in the big gold frame, but it felt heavy. Instead, I went with a print from Ikea that cost all of two quid. The little lino print (and also the one on the desk) are from my grandparents.
Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Dresser with leaning artwork Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - Moroccan Basket Layered Light Neutral Master Bedroom One Room Challenge Reveal Living Pretty Blog-30I tend to gravitate towards colourful things, but crave neutral spaces, so this room was an exercise in restraint. I feel like I put a lot more into it that the before and afters really show. It might not the most dramatic transformation, but in person it’s made a huge difference. I love the room now!

Here’s a reminder of the before (taken from the listing, and apparently using a very wide-angle lens):

Before
And after:
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SOURCES

FURNITURE: Storage Bed – John Lewis // Headboard – Feather & Black // Dresser – Pottery Barn // Desk Chair – eBay (similar); recovered in Fabric – John Lewis // Bamboo Chair – Graham & Green but no longer available (similar) // Side Tables – Newark Antiques on Etsy
ACCESSORIES:

 

Do go check out the featured designers One Room Challenge Reveals here, and the guest participants here. And a huge thank you to Linda from Calling It Home for organising yet another round of awesome inspiration!

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28 Comments

  1. November 10, 2016 / 7:27 am

    This room turned out so great Lizzie! Love the neutral tones, accessories, and overall the vibe is just perfect. And I'm very jealous you live in London! Great job on your space!

  2. November 10, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    OK, this is good, very, very good. The new wall colors, the new furniture… that chair! This room is perfect. You really nailed it, Lizzie!

  3. November 10, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    LIZZIE!!!! OMG!!! you killed it!!!! this is stunning! i absolutely love every detail!

  4. November 10, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Lovely! Very cohesive and neutral while remaining warm and inviting. Nice job as always my friend!

  5. November 10, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Lizzie – wow!!! This space is bright, beautiful and everything a bedroom should be!! LOVE everything about this!!!
    Tricia @ Suburban B's

  6. November 11, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Thanks so much Bre! I still can't get over how stunning your laundry room is – definitely one of my faves from this round.

  7. November 14, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Oh my, this is so lovely! I love the neutral space with pops of warm woods. You nailed it! A great ORC! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

  8. November 14, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Love the mid century vibe of your bedroom Lizzie!!!
    And I was about to buy the exact same planter a few days ago 😉
    Anyway, simply beautiful!
    Congratulations

  9. November 14, 2016 / 8:46 am

    You knocked it out of the park!!! Such an excellent job and beautiful transformation!

  10. November 14, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    This turned out so good! Seriously love it all!

  11. April 6, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    What a lovely room. Such a nice place to retreat away from the London hecticness.

    • April 7, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Thank you 🙂 It’s like a little sanctuary up there (away from the kids too, ha)

    • June 30, 2017 / 9:01 am

      It is! It’s actually this fleece lined one and it is MY FAVOURITE BLANKET EVER. (It totally deserves shouting about – I love it SO much!) x

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