Next up on our house transformation tour is the master bedroom. Overall, this room wasn't terrible compared to the ones downstairs and the guest room. The pale yellow walls were actually nice, except that one of the walls was painted neon yellow for unexplained reasons. But to make this house feel like our home we wanted to change the colors anyway. Check out a few of the before pictures below before we dive into the renovations.
Can we talk about this decor for a minute? It was not good. From the ugly hunter green rolling blinds, to the creepy dolls in the built-ins, to the strange furniture placement. It's easy to see why this house ended up being on the market for a while before we came along. It really did not show well.
We started the renovation by taking out the carpets and putting in wide plank, natural pine flooring which would have been used in the house when it was originally built in the 1840's. I've already blogged about them before so check out that post if you haven't yet. They turned out beautifully. We also had to build in a wall with a door as well as a closet. Before, the master used to open up right off the stairs without a door. We knew this wasn't going to work for us, especially when we have guests staying over. Adding a door was an easy way to create the privacy we needed. It also allows us to call our home a three-bed instead of a two now. Score!
Now for the transformation part. I am a huge fan of neutral colors, especially because you can always play with colors in your decor to keep things interesting and always changing. If you asked me what my favorite color is, I'd tell you it's gray- hands down. And yes, I'm aware that's technically a shade. We painted the space a natural gray color, re-painted the white trim to give it some pop, added in neutral blinds, and used yellows and blues as our accent colors. The gray paint is the same one we used in the living room downstairs as well.
The chest and dresser both came from our local consignment shop and the comforter and pillow set we got at Macy's. The low chest is great for the space since it has lots of storage, but isn't too tall. With all of the dormer windows on the third floor, we definitely had to get creative with our use of space. This top floor wouldn't have been used as the main sleeping quarters when it was originally built. In the future I'll need to think of some creative ways to add some art to the walls. Any tips on the best way to utilize wall space in pitched-rooms such as these?