My neutral master bedroom is finished, and it’s time for a room reveal! This last week has been a whirlwind, but it all came together on time, and I love how the room turned out.
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I live in a rented three story house near Richmond Upon Thames, London, and the master 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:
Design Plan | Week 1
Art & A Mirror | Week 2
Design Progress | Week 3
More Progress | Week 4
Refinished Mid-Century Nightstands | Week 5
Live Edge Desk | Bonus
Neutral Master Bedroom Reveal
We already had some nice furniture – the storage bed, upholstered headboard and dresser. It all leaned more traditional than I do, though, so I wanted to balance it out with more modern and natural elements.
Double Duty Office / Vanity Area
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 full width of the room, and laying it on top of the cabinets. This thing has transformed the whole neutral bedroom vibe and I love it.
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!
There’s a reason for the hat on the wall, and it’s not just that I really like that hat.
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!
There are a few customised pieces and DIY projects in this neutral master bedroom. The pillow on the chair is a very simple DIY. I added grey shibori fabric and some trim to a store-bought cushion.
I found the sweet mid-century nightstands on Etsy and painted them for a two-toned look.
A Statement Rug
The rug was the starting point for the entire neutral master bedroom design. I bought it on a trip to Morocco over summer. It’s massive, and fills the room perfectly.
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.
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.
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 bashed into it daily. My handyman/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.
I love this woven pendant. 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, and at 40 cm in diameter, the larger scale is perfect.
Art & Accessories
I paired an original painting with an inexpensive print from Ikea and a little lino print that came from my grandparents.
A Before & After Transformation
I tend to gravitate towards colourful things, but crave neutral spaces, so this room was an exercise in restraint. It might not the most dramatic makeover, but in person the transformation is huge. I love the room now!
Here’s a reminder of the before (taken from the listing with a very wide-angle lens):
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
Pendant – Marks & Spencer
Glass Lamp – Pier 1 Imports
Bedside Lamp Shades – John Lewis
Bases – Laura Ashley
Desk Lamp – Frontal Factory
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)
More Fall 2016 One Room Challenge Posts
DESIGN PLAN | WEEK 1
ART & A MIRROR | WEEK 2
DESIGN PROGRESS | WEEK 3
MORE PROGRESS | WEEK 4
REFINISHED MID-CENTURY NIGHTSTANDS | WEEK 5
BEDROOM REVEAL | WEEK 6
LIVE EDGE DESK | BONUS
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 interior inspiration!