Monday, September 24, 2012

Modernizing a Bedroom: Before and After

If you don't have free design reign over the whole house you live in, your bedroom is most likely the only place where you can express your personality and design creativity. When you are home, the bedroom is where you spend most of your time, whether your eyes are open or not, so having your own personal space reflect you is very important.

For this decorating project, we took a bedroom that needed to be modernized.  The bedroom belongs to a young woman who was tired of her pre-university look and wanted to add some maturity with modern colours and furnishings. The outcome? I loved it, and more importantly, SHE loved it!

Take a look and you'll love it too!

Before; no headboard, a key element to the new decorating plan
 
Before; the dresser could use a coat of paint
 
Before; the hardwood extends from the hallway into the bedroom, that stays
 
Before; the trim and the closet doors are a beautiful white, but very stark against the bright orange walls
 
Before; the colour was the main thing she wanted to change, along with some accessories

After; a beautiful raspberry pink has replaced the orange accent colour. Notice the headboard and the mismatched side tables and the theme they bring to the room. See notes below for sources.
 
After; We went with an accent wall and for the three remaining walls we went with a subtle grey that blends with both the pink and her new furnishings. See notes below for sources.
 
After: The grey makes the room look bigger and the white trim is softer, rather than stark.
 
After: She painted the dresser and removed some items from the wall, leaving it look less cluttered and cleaner looking with a fresh coat of white paint.
 
After: a modern/western look at an Indian theme with the Taj Mahal picture, a beautiful linen pillow and a lucky elephant. All modern, mature, and personal.

We were very happy with the outcome and the planning process was smooth and the execution was fast.

Sources
Pink Paint: Gypsy Pink 2077-20 by Benjamin Moore
Grey Paint: Collingwood OC-28 by Benjamin Moore
Headboard, Grey Sidetable, elephant statue, and India pillow: HomeSense
White Sidetable: Orignal to the room and painted white
Bedding: Winners
Pink Pillow: Bouclair
Taj Mahal canvas: HomeSense, original to the room
Decorative Lamp: orignal lamp painted white
Dresser: Ikea Malm dresser painted white, original to the room 

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