Before: Blank Slate
When you’re bursting with home design ambition, yet living in a rental apartment, compromises must be made. That’s how home blogger Medina Grillo at Grillo Designs felt when dealing with her plain apartment in Birmingham, England. Except for painting the lower half of the walls, no major changes could be made to the room. Because Medina’s “normally chill husband,” as she says, held firm about keeping their king-size bed in their small bedroom, she had to work around it. But worst of all, a “built in ugly melamine wardrobe we weren’t allowed to get rid of” loomed over the room.
After: Magic Happens
Turning a difficult space with numerous obstacles into an utterly enchanting bedroom was a major achievement for Medina. She began by painting the bottom half of the walls black, maintaining a straight and true line with a laser level and painter’s tape. She dip-dyed the mid-century modern dresser, and this became the room’s focal point. The wall was turned into a gallery wall of asymmetrically arranged curios and fun objects. And, as the coup de grace, Medina was allowed to tame that beast in the room, the melamine wardrobe. She painted the melamine and also wallpapered the inside with a beautiful Moroccan-inspired tile effect paper.
Modern Vintage Bedroom Makeover from Grillo Designs
Before: Gray and Dreary
Who wouldn’t love a bedroom makeover that finishes up in less than one day? Chris and Julia of the popular blog Chris Loves Julia were tasked with remaking a bedroom that looked pretty good but not great, and it all had to be done before the end of the day. The bedroom’s gray walls were dreary and the ceiling light picked up too much of the popcorn ceiling texture. This bedroom was a prime candidate for a quick refresher.
After: Love and Light
To control costs, major elements like carpeting couldn’t be changed out. So one solution to the dreary carpeting woes was to add a colorful area rug on top of the carpeting. Walls were painted with a slightly lighter gray, Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.
Chris and Julia’s brilliant solution to the ceiling problem was to install a new, lower light fixture. The different angle of the new ceiling light picks up less of the textured popcorn ceiling’s peaks and valleys.
One-Day Bedroom Quick Makeover from Chris Loves Julia
Before: Flat and Cold
Her master bedroom felt lifeless and flat, according to lifestyle blogger Jenna, of Wife in Progress. The paint scheme was cold and nothing about it was cozy. Most importantly, the bedroom needed to be lightened up.
After: Serene Space
Now Jenna adores her transformed master bedroom. By sticking to a palette of pale gray and white, with touches of taupe, she invited the light to come in and stay for awhile. Pretty pillows adorn the bed, and bamboo shades give the room a warmer, more natural feeling.
Dark-to-Light Bedroom Makeover from Wife in Progress
Before: Blank Canvas
One overriding theme of bedroom makeovers: add color. Mandi, over at the lifestyle blog Vintage Revivals, knew just that. So for her daughter Ivie’s bedroom, she realized that this plain white box with one dresser needed more flavor.
After: Color Splash
Now, a cheery Southwestern-inspired pattern graces the walls of daughter Ivie’s bedroom. Long shelves provide plenty of storage for everything that a kid wants to show off. And a single swing hammock chair ensures that Ivie will have a dreamy place to read books and play with friends.
Ivie’s Bedroom Remake from Vintage Revivals
Before: Zero Storage, No Personality