Your Design Questions: Solutions for a Small Master Bedroom
I've been having a lot of fun the past few weeks answering design questions from you guys on Instagram Stories (feel free to DM me, I answer them every Tuesday)! This week I wanted to continue to do that, but in an expanded format! So I chose Kiley's master bedroom that she sent me to do a full floor plan and mood board for- here are the photos that she sent me of the bedroom as it currently is.
Kiley shares this room with her husband and here are her grievances:
- wants a lower bed (so it can move over)
- would like to paint the walls
- likes neutrals, but wants the room to feel more polished and special
- open to wallpaper in the bedroom or the bathroom
So let's start with the floor plan- my goal was to find some small space solutions that would help the room feel larger and more open. What I'm proposing doesn't change the space too much, but here are my thoughts...
- I scooted the bed over a bit so it feels more central to the room.
- I want to cheat that window above the bed with some curtains to trick the eye into thinking it's a beautiful centered window (when it's not).
- I think the nightstands she already has are gorgeous and actually a great scale for the room since they're so petite. I left those in there as well as her two dressers which I'm assuming are probably needed for storage.
- I added a 6' x 9' rug turned horizontally to fit under the bed.
- I recommend removing the curtains from the window on the right side of the room and just using a woven shade there just to make the room feel larger and more open over there.
- I also changed out their closet door for a pocket door- while this would be pretty involved to install, it would make such a difference in helping the room feel open and allow the bed to be centered on that back wall.
Now onto the fun part- finishes and furnishings!
Sources: wallpaper | curtains | curtain rod | woven shades | pendant light | bed |
Here's what I'm recommending:
- Paint the walls and trim in Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace- it's a beautiful white color that looks good in any light and is going to help make the room look so much bigger and brighter.
- You did catch that she mentioned wallpaper right? You don't have to tell me twice- I propose wallpapering the ceiling in this blue Raphael paper, this will add a lot of interest and automatically make the room feel so special (you could also carry this wallpaper into the adjacent bathroom too!).
- I chose these navy blue velvet curtains from Amazon to add a luxurious feel to the space, finished off with a gold curtain rod.
- These woven shades underneath the curtains will add a nice layer of texture and can be the same ones she uses for the other window.
- To help open up the nightstands I propose hanging some pendants above the nightstands to free up space- she can probably even hide the cords along the ceiling and down the wall behind the curtains so she wouldn't need to add electrical.
- This lower upholstered bed isn't bulky and is a lovely neutral option that I think layers in so beautifully with everything else.
- The beautiful rug from the new Chris Loves Julia line with Loloi polishes everything off- the colors are so pretty and I think would pair amazingly well with the wallpaper.
Let me know what you think and if you have a small bedroom drop your tips in the comments and let us know what works for you!