From Boring Beige to Forest Chic – Master Bedroom Before and After

Even though I like bold colours I always keep my master bedroom pretty neutral. It is, after all, a place of rest and relaxation. The most important thing is to keep it as personal as possible, so anything that makes you feel at ease and safe will do the trick. Neutral and bright doesn’t have to be boring and I hope I can prove that by showing you the transformation of my bedroom.

When I first saw the room it represented everything I hate the most: completely bland with textured beige wallpaper, beige carpets and brown wooden details. The word that describes it best is: basic.
With that being said the room was bright, large for English standards and easily transformable.

We hired a fantastic team to get rid of the built-in wardrobe and wallpapers, re-plaster the walls, do some electrical and plumbing work. We wanted to finish renovating the house in exactly one month, because that’s when we planned to move in.

We needed someone to help us with painting and decorating as well. We picked our decorators based on their quotes and references. I’m only mentioning this, because that is one thing I wasn’t happy with. I’m not going to focus on a minor problems, but the gentlemen could not install our wallpaper correctly. Even though the three parts were numbered and the wallpaper was made to measure – it turned out to be too much to handle for our “specialists”. We were lucky enough to get back the money and hire someone who was able to install it without any problems. Take a look at the laughable first attempt:

For a main colour we picked bright grey and painted all the woodwork, skirting boards and coving white. The feature wall is my favourite part. I fell in love with this photo realistic forest mural wallpaper a while ago and couldn’t wait to use it in our new bedroom. To go well with it I picked grey divan bed with plenty of storage space and headboard low enough not to cover too much of the wallpaper. To make the room look bright and elegant we installed white plantation shutters. We also changed the radiator for a traditional white one.

Even though the mural has a pretty rustic vibe, I decided to pair it up with mid-century style furniture from West Elm and some modern geometric copper features, including the pendant lamp and mirror from Made or minimalist table lamps from Oliver Bonas. There is also a vintage accent: the dressing table that I found in Battlesbridge Antique Centre that I hand painted dark green with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The chair I temporarily borrowed from the dining room is a wire chair from Vitra by Charles and Ray Eames.

My current favourite bedding is this wrinkled-looking washed linen from H&M Home. I really like their decorations, so you can also find their small pink flower pot and a tomato blossom scented candle.

And that is it! My elegant and modern bedroom with some rustic chic and vintage elements. I hope you like it.

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