10 Must-See Before and After Bedroom Makeovers


Before: Blank Slate

Wall Painted Halfway in Bedroom Makeover
Grillo Designs

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

Gorgeous Bedroom Makeover After
Grillo Designs

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

Dark Bedroom in Need of a Makeover
Chris Loves Julia

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

Dark Bedroom Lightened Up After Makeover
Chris Loves Julia

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

Master Bedroom in Need of a Makeover
Wife in Progress

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

Transformed Master Bedroom
Wife In Progress

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

Before Making Over Child's Bedroom
Vintage Revivals

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

Bedroom Makeover After Paint Scheme
Vintage Revivals

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

Bedroom Before Makeover


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