ORC Week 6 | Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal

Our neutral master bedroom makeover is finished, on time and everything! This last week has been crazy but it all came together, and I love how the 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.

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The 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 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!

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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).

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The 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!

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The 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.

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I 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 Makeover

The 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 Hanging

The 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.

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Global Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal - DIY Eucalyptus Wall Hanging

I 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
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I 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 Hanging

Also, 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.

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Midcentury LaRedoute Planter with Snake Plant
Global 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
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I 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:

Neutral Layered Light Master Bedroom Whole Room

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 (similar)
Side Tables – Newark Antiques on Etsy

TEXTILES

Bedding – West Elm
Bed Cushion – Graham & Green
Blanket – Turkish T
Faux Sheepskin – Ikea
DIY Chair Cushion with Fabric & Trim – Etsy + Cushion – Raft
Rug – Marrakech Souk (similar)

DECOR

Mirror – Ikea
Abstract Print – Ikea
Painting – Alice Neave
Floor Planter – La Redoute
Snake Plant – Amazon

LIGHTING

Pendant – Marks & Spencer
Glass Lamp – Pier 1 Imports
Bedside Lamp Shades – John Lewis
Bases – Laura Ashley
Desk Lamp – Frontal Factory

ACCESSORIES

DESK
Mirrored Tray – Oliver Bonas
Q&A a Day Journal – Anthropologie
Things To Do Notepad – Anthropologie
White Mug as Make Up Pot – H&M
Hobnail Tumbler as Vase – Anthropologie
Brass Mister – Geo Fleur
Gold Planter – Anthropologie
Vanity Mirror – Tiger (similar)

DRESSER
All thrifted/gifts

NIGHTSTANDS
Mini Planters – Amazon
Ceramic Tray – Butikken
Hand – Tate
Life Changing Magic of Tidying – Amazon

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

    Great job! I am loving your space!

  6. November 10, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I love this room so much!!! It's so perfect!

  7. 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

  8. November 11, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Thanks so much Jessica! Your little one's bedroom is super cute too. 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. November 14, 2016 / 8:46 am

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

  13. November 14, 2016 / 8:49 am

    It's a good planter! Thanks so much Nadia. Yay for no more clutter!

  14. November 14, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    This turned out so good! Seriously love it all!

  15. 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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