I've been painstakingly trying to figure out how to best capture our master bedroom makeover and then I realized (a) Nobody cares that much--I should probably chill out and (b) There's too much for one post. So I'm breaking it down into three posts, based on the three goals I had for this room--to infuse: (1) Light (2) Function and (3) Architectural detail.
Today I'm focusing on LIGHT! With just a few steps, my husband and I transformed our dark cave* of a bedroom into this bright and beautiful retreat (a must-have for happy, but often-very-tired parents).
*This has become a bit of theme with our home renovations--taking dark and dowdy rooms and using light to make them seem bigger and brighter (see the bathroom makeover and living room makeover).
Let's take a look at what our bedroom looked like BEFORE:
|Yes, it was THAT bad.|
Step 1: PAINTI knew paint color would be instrumental in brightening up the room. We painted the ceilings, walls, baseboards and all other moulding in our room "bright white" (i.e. we took the paint cans home from Home Depot as-is, no color added). I knew some people would be aghast at this, but this wasn't my first experience using bright white--I used it to paint our fireplace and armoire and I loved how those turned out. Before, our walls were white-ish. I don't think we realized how dull and light-sucking it really was until my husband painted the closet wall and we were able to see the side-by-side comparison. The bright white makes off-white look straight up taupe.
|Left: Bright White Paint, Right: Generic off-white Paint|
Step 2: WINDOWS AND CURTAINSI decided we needed to upgrade our window covering situation to let the natural light do its thing (in terms of bang for your buck, this is probably the best thing you can do to brighten a room). But first, we took advantage of our renovation energy and upgraded our 1970s original aluminum window. Luckily, the window was already large enough to allow for lots of light, so we didn't have to do a new construction window like we did for our bathroom (by "we" I mean, my husband installed the window with his dad's help, not mine. I was there for emotional support--it was crucial, I tell you).
|Yep, that's our classy rusted shed in the backyard. Don't worry, it's on the ever-growing "To Do List."|
Here's what that wall looked like BEFORE:
And AFTER (can you hear the Halleluiah Chorus?):
|***Note: We used the "Hang your curtains high and wide" trick to make our window look even bigger***|
Step 3: COLOR DESIGN - The 60-30-10 Rulethat little spark of sparkle." (Their words, definitely not mine). ANYWAY... to brighten up your room, that 60% color should be something light and bright (in my case, white). The 30% and 10% can be any colors--dark or light (I did 30% brown and 10% light teal, mostly just in the accent pillows). How much of a difference does it make having the 60% be bright vs. dark? Hmm...shall we see what a room that is 60% brown looks like?
BEFORE AND AFTERSo that's m'schpeel. Just for visual effect, let's do one last comparison:
Pretty dramatic, eh? This was definitely my favorite remodel thus far. I love waking up in our bright and beautiful bedroom.
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