My Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas And Why I Love To Use A Design Board

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Master bedroom decorating ideas for a modern traditional style and using a design board to help stay on budget and to pull it all together.

design board for a master bedroom makeover
I still have a couple of finishing touches to add to complete our family room makeover, but I’m ready to move on to the next project and my head is filled with master bedroom decorating ideas!

We moved in here almost five years ago and I’m just now getting around to this room.  Before we moved in, we replaced windows, gave the room a fresh coat of paint and replaced the carpeting in the room, but have just been using the furniture that we’ve always had.  Well….it’s time to change that!

Unfortunately, I was a bad blogger and didn’t snap a photo of what the room looked like before I started makeover work in here, but here’s a look at how it looked on the day that we first toured the house.

master bedroom with red walls

As with any total room makeover, the best place to start is by creating a design board.  I usually have a lot of different ideas flying around in my head any time that I tackle a room makeover, but creating a design board for my master bedroom plan will do SO much to keep me on budget and to not become enamored with something else and veer off in some crazy direction!  Let’s take a look at all of the elements that I’m including.

master bedroom design board

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Let’s start with my inspiration for the makeover – this gorgeous bedding that I ran across and fell in love with.  It had all of the colors in it that I wanted to use in my bedroom, plus I totally love the pattern.  Just a side note – if you happen to click on the link for the bedding, this photo below is color accurate.  The color of the bedding isn’t blue at all, like it appears on the site.

Comforter with gray and off white paisley pattern

I’ve already purchased the bedding along with a variety of throw pillows, which my husband will just love.  😀

bedding and pillows in neutral colors

That leads me right to the new bed that I’m hoping for.  It’s surprisingly affordable and has those modern traditional lines that I’m craving in this room.

linen colored upholstered bed

To go along with the new bed, I’ll be adding a new bench at the foot.  You can get a sneak peek of the one that I already found in the photo above.  It isn’t exactly like this one, but it’s very similar.

linen colored tufted bench with wood legs

As with all my decorating, the makeover of this room will be done on a budget, but there are a couple of more costly items that we need to purchase – namely a new dresser and chest of drawers.  I’ve done quite a bit of shopping around and managed to find a dresser and chest of drawers that are well made and are on sale for a pretty good price.  I just don’t love the hardware on them, so I’ll be switching that out.

brown dresser and mirror with brass hardware

You might be wondering why I’m showing you the dresser against a floral pattern.  That’s because I’m considering doing an accent wall with wallpaper since there isn’t a lot of wall space in this room to add artwork to because of all the doors and windows.  These are three of the patterns that I’m considering.

3 different gray and white wallpaper patterns

The nightstands that we already own are in great shape and we love their storage, so instead of replacing them I’ll be painting them and replacing the hardware.  I’ll probably go with a color something like the below picture.  Or maybe white.  I haven’t fully decided yet.  I also haven’t decided if I’ll be replacing the lamps or painting the ones that I already have and changing out the shades.

gray nightstand with three drawers

I need to replace the existing blue floral chairs in the large bay window area, so I’ve been on the hunt for a matching pair of wing back chairs that have updated lines to them.  I’m stalking HomeGoods for a matching pair of something like these.

gray wing back chair with modern lines

I’ll keep the existing table that’s between them, but will probably replace the lamp.  Oh – and I need to add draperies too, but that will be one of the last things that I shop for.  The draperies will be different, but I’m sure I’ll hang them the same budget friendly way that I added draperies to the bay window in our breakfast room.

And lastly – one thing that definitely has to be replaced in this room is the ceiling fan.  Take a close look at the frosted glass, shiny brass thing in before picture above.  In a way, I hate to get rid of it because it works so well, but I can’t figure out a way to update the thing, so it’s gotta go.  I’m loving the clean lines of this one.

silver ceiling fan with light gray blades

So that’s about it.  What do you think about my master bedroom plan?  Any suggestions?  I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress!

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  1. Ellen Sorce says:

    I love the idea of a wallpaper accent wall and your choice, although floral is not overly feminine. I think it will add a beautiful dimension. I also like the color and pattern of your bedding. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  2. I love everything you have picked out . It will be beautiful.. The wallpaper is pretty. I had to remove a few Rome’s several years ago so I said I would never put any wallpaper in my home again . It does look great but after the hard work We did removing it we will not be doing that again I will love seeing it in other peoples homes. Traditional style is my favorite. Love the updated style you are going for.

    1. I SO feel your pain when it comes to removing wallpaper. That’s why I’ll be using removable wallpaper – no more pasted on wallpaper for me!

  3. I love your color scheme and the wallpaper. Can’t wait to see the finished room.

  4. Hi love the comforter and everything your doing! I ordered it for my quest bedroom just one question did you have to get a bed skirt and where did you find your accent pillows?? Sorry quess that’s 2 questions ?.

    1. You’re allowed two questions! lol No, you don’t need a bedskirt with the bed because the side rails and foot rail are upholstered just like the headboard. The gray pillows with pompoms came from Steinmart. Here’s the link for them: . The beige pillow white flowers came from Target. Here’s the link for those: . And the striped pillow came from HomeGoods.

  5. Holly Rigby says:

    Hi Suzy,
    Love your new bedroom ideas. We were flooded in Harvey and had to buy a new house. I put plantation shutters everywhere, but in my bedroom I have two narrowish windows only on that long wall. I added two chairs from HG of course, but still…? So I went to Ikea and got 2 pairs of white curtains, I got tab, but they have others. So inexpensive and light, but add “weight” to that side of the room. I have Basset Bella (off white) furniture, I LIKE matching furniture, so not in, but I had none left…after flood, and Pottery Barn Delaney quilt, reversed. We have seascapes from living in Hawaii and visiting Rockport, TX. I love blue but never used it in decorating, but I find that that and greens are very soothing! I needed soothing after flood! Good luck on your project. Love reading your blog…

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your home flooding – how awful! Your new bedroom sounds lovely though. I’ve been thinking about white Ikea curtains too.

  6. Hey Suzy I love everything you are planning for your bedroom. I can’t wait to see it finished. You have great style and I really enjoy following your blog

  7. Love your floral wallpaper, would you mind sharing where to purchase it.

  8. Stein mart’s online store is closed. Do you mind sharing the name/brand of this comforter? I’m hoping to find inline somewhere. Thanks!

    1. Hi Heather. I’m so sorry about the delay in replying! I’m not positive, but I believe the brand is Nina Campbell.

  9. Ann Burke says:

    What is the color u r planning to paint the bedroom furniture.
    Looks like dolphin? Name and make appreciated.

    1. The only furniture that I wound up painting were the nightstands and they’re painted with Sherwin Williams Network Gray. 😀

  10. Ann Burke says:

    Color for the cabinet?
    Love your blog
    U r one of the most talented designers on the internet.

    1. Oh my goodness – you are so, so sweet to say that! Are you asking about the dresser color?