Design Plan for our Modern Master Bedroom

I’m back today for week 2 of the New Year New Room Refresh challenge!

Last week, I shared some before pictures of the room plus the reasoning behind why we chose to refresh our master bedroom.

If you don’t have to time read that (click the link above if you do!), here’s a brief summary: it’s a hot mess.

Luckily, we have made a ton of progress the past week!  It mostly involved doing some of the finishing work (the boring to-do list from last week).  BUT, I also painted the planked wall the prettiest dark green color (Mount Etna by SW) and pretty much solidified the design plan.

I still am deciding on a few things which I’ll talk about today and I need your help!  So, if you have an opinion on some of the items I’m still choosing, leave a comment below or send me an email ([email protected]).

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First, let’s look at the bed area!

Wall Paint: Simply White by Benjamin Moore | Sloped Ceiling Wood Feature Wall: Mount Etna by Sherwin Williams | Headboard | Bedding:  Sateen Set and Duvet Cover | Bedside Sconces | Pillows | Nightstand

First things first – we painted the bedroom Simply White by Benjamin Moore!  It’s a warm white (yellow undertones) that makes the room feel so cozy without being an in-your-face kind of white.

I searched for FOREVER to find the perfect bed…it doesn’t exist!!  We’re also limited because we don’t have a box spring.  We did, but it was flooded in our old house when the basement flooded.  I just couldn’t find anything that wasn’t crazy expensive or cheaply made so instead  I chose to do a headboard (with a bed frame I still need to get!)!  It was a cheaper option but the headboard itself has a lot of good reviews and is pretty inexpensive.

Originally I was going to do a gallery wall above the headboard.  Looking at the space more, I don’t think there’s quite enough room and it may just make the area look crowded.  Once we have the headboard up, I’ll see how much space it left.  I may just leave it blank or I may put one large piece of art of there.

The sconces in the picture are amazing.  But, me being me I want to DIY them instead so that they match the DIY chandelier I’m making as well (see below).  I’m not sure if we’ll have time to DIY them or not.  If we don’t, I’ll find something similar to the ones in picture that aren’t as expensive.  Not paying over $400 for two sconces!

The nightstands aren’t my favorite.  I like them, I do.  I’m having trouble visualizing exactly what I want them to look like.  Which would you choose?

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I’m not going to lie, I spent a little too much on pillows.  Pillows are my weakness.  They’re just so pretty!!  I got most of them at Tonic Living (where we got pillows for Evie’s nursery) and one fluffy pillow from Target.

The last decision for this part of the room is the rug.  I debated between a fluffy moroccan type neutral rug and a more vintage, distressed, brightly-colored Persian rug.  I *think* I’m learning towards a fluffy rug.  It is the bedroom after all and who doesn’t love a good shag rug.  But, I’m also loving that multi-colored rug with the fringe, too.  ANDDD a neutral rug with fringe that’s not shag.  Basically, all options are on the table.  Help me decide!!

And this is the last rug that I forgot to do a rendering for…

Next comes the mini office area!


Office Chair  |  Picture Frame Gallery  |  Desk  |  Plant Stand

We already have the IKEA desk up there.  So, just adding a new comfy chair and moving the gallery wall from behind the bed to over by the dresser.  I *think* we’re going to put the desk under the sloped ceiling in front of the exposed brick.  That leaves a large area in the front of the window for me to add some more plants to my collection!

The last area is the stairs leading up to the bedroom.

Chandelier  |  Frames

We are DIYing a chandelier and while it won’t look exactly like that, I think that’s the best comparison I can find. I  combined about 4 different chandeliers I loved into one that I’m SO excited about.  More on that soon 🙂

I bought these oversized frames months ago with the intention of cutting my own large mats and it just never happened.  I think I’m still going to do this for the wall going up to our bedroom.  It’s either this is maybe some DIY acrylic frames.  The benefit to these IKEA frames is that they can be 3M stripped to the wall while the acrylic ones require 4 holes per frame.  Yikes.

That’s pretty much it for the design plan!  I’m pretty excited to keep things moving along!

And, just as a reminder…

Here are things need to be done (that are boring):

  1. Paint the feature wall
  2. Trim the feature wall
  3. Finish baseboards
  4. Install floor bullnose pieces then burn every other piece of that crappy floor we own
  5. Install little wood piece things around posts for railing
  6. Figure out the door situation and paint and install doors
  7. Clean and declutter
  8. List bed/end tables/dresser on Craigslist

Here are thing that need to be done (that are fun!):

  1. Pick out a new bed
  2. DIY or find new end tables
  3. Switch out sconces
  4. DIY a light going up the stairs (my personal favorite DIY for the space)
  5. Add oversized frames going up the stairs
  6. Make a gallery wall for behind the bed
  7. Pick out a rug
  8. Organize the desk area, make that functional
  9. Switch out the hardware on the dresser we’re keeping
  10. Find a fun, modern way to display my husband’s Star Wars legos or throw them out the window when he’s not looking

Oh, also.  My husband said he could box up his Legos until we move and there’s a better place for them.  So, yay!  Problem solved there.

Remember to hop over to Casa Watkins Living to see everyone else’s progress!

Wishing you a joyful day!






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  1. This is going to be SO amazing Sarah!!! I vote for night stand #1 and rug #2, but they’re all fab really. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

  2. Aaahhhhh rug #2 is amazing and while I like the nightstand in the design plan, I think #2 (possibly #3) would work better with the style of the headboard and the sconces! It’s like they’re more elegant and less ‘heavy’ than #1 🙂 But they are all beautiful, I’m sure it’s going to look absolutely glorious!

  3. Aaahhhhh rug #2 is amazing and while I like the nightstand in the design plan, I think #2 (possibly #3) would work better with the style of the headboard and the sconces! It’s like they’re more elegant and less ‘heavy’ than #1 🙂 But they are all beautiful, I’m sure it’s going to look absolutely glorious!

  4. I like nightstand #1 and either rug 2 or the last colorful one. I like the black nightstand but it will show every speck of dust (especially tough if you have animals). I love fluffy rugs but after having one…never again….too hard to clean well and they get unfluffy after a while.

  5. I think it may depend on the bedding that you’re going to choose to use before you choose your rug but I do think the neutral rug with the fringe (that’s not shag) looks good with your headboard. I vote for #1 on the nightstands. I’m sure your bedroom is going to turn out beautiful.

  6. I just LOVE all the choices you’ve shared. The pillows are dreamy. I have a shag Moroccan inspired rug in my bedroom. It was super budget friendly. It’s the only place I trust having one since my family and pets are jerks haha. I think the last rug would look gorgeous with all the neutrals in the space though… such a tough decision!

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