When we purchased our home, one of the most impressive spaces was the primary bedroom. Compared to other homes built in the same time period and in the areas we were house shopping, the master bedroom is massive and has a ton of storage. Because we wanted to make sure that we got the bedroom just right, we worked with a local designer to flush out the layout and décor. Keep reading for all the details of our primary bedroom design.
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The primary bedroom was always a nice, large space. The first thing we did in this space when we moved in was to remove the rug left by the previous owner. It was also quite dark- so we made it a priority to add more light and to brighten up the space with a lighter paint color and light colored décor. We were really lucky to have such a nice canvas to work with in this room.
We worked with local interior designer Blulens. Linda is great to work with and helped guide our basement renovation as well. For our primary bedroom, she helped us choose a design and furniture to create the serene transitional space that we had in mind. We worked with Linda to create a design that fit our lifestyle and needs. We ultimately chose a palette of grays and creams in an effort to keep the space very neutral. Because we chose such a neutral palette, Linda helped us to pick out fabrics and textiles that would bring texture and depth to the room.
Thankfully, we didn’t need to make any major changes to the bedroom structurally other than removing some built-ins that were positioned at the bottom of the bed. I keep most of our books in the office and didn’t want to have to fill the built-ins with décor. A fresh coat of paint helped brighten up the space a little bit. The paint color is SW7015 Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. This is actually the same paint color that we used in our living room. Linda advised us that repeating similar colors throughout the home helps to make it feel more consistent and cohesive.
We also had to have some electrical work done in this space. Specifically, we moved the wall sconces and ceiling fan slightly to accommodate the new furniture layout and installed an overhead light fixture over the sitting area. We chose the Leila Wood Bead Flush Mount from Pottery Barn and the Robert Abbey Bandit Wall Sconces in Polished Nickel which is available from Burke Décor. We also changed out the ceiling fan for the 54″ Minka Aire Java Ceiling Fan available from Lamps Plus.
The entire bedroom design was based around the gorgeous Jordan Button Tufted Wing upholstered bed from Bernhardt. We had the bed made using the Freestyle fabric in the 93J8341 color from JF Fabrics. We next selected the Lancaster Armchairs also from Bernhardt in their 1319-021 fabric. Unfortunately, this chair design does not appear to be available any longer, but their Palisades Chair has a similar look.
Once these pieces were finalized, we selected the Domaine Blanc nightstands– also from Bernhardt- and the Martha Stewart Fatima side table from Wayfair (also available on Amazon here). We liked the neo-traditional/transitional feel of these pieces. We didn’t want the furniture to feel too fancy and felt that these pieces allowed us to incorporate multiple complimentary wood finishes and textures.
Linda and her team picked out the Rachel Vintage Persian rug by Hauteloom to anchor the armchairs and side table. They also selected the giant Uttermost Roseau Palais Beaded full length mirror after I asked for a giant full-length mirror. I love having this mirror to double-check my outfit before leaving for work each day or when trying on new clothes.
The final piece of furniture in the room was the refinished vintage vanity. I had always wanted a vanity space to use to do my hair and makeup and there wasn’t space for one in the primary bathroom. After looking at numerous options online, I actually found and updated a vintage vanity and matching stool for the space (which you can read about here). Following Linda’s advice, we painted the piece in SW 7017 Dorian Gray. We also added the Everett console table from World Market at the foot of the bed underneath the television. This is the perfect place to hide remotes and miscellaneous hardware.
To compliment the neutral furniture colors, we chose to have bright white bedding. The Bliss Handcrafted Linen/Cotton bedding (quilt and shams) are from Pottery Barn. I couldn’t find an oversized lumbar pillow that I liked, so I made one myself with fabric from Joann Fabric. The Casaluna chunky knit bed blanket in Natural is from Target. The pillows on the armchairs are the Plaid Gray Decorative Down Filler Pillow from Rizzy Home.
The faux variegated rubber tree is from Pottery Barn but is not currently available, however they do have a faux potted fiddle leaf fig tree that is a similar size. On the console table, the large vase and decorative boxes are from the Studio McGee line at Target. The round metal framed wall mirror above the vanity is from Rejuvenation. Many of the other décor pieces including the oil painting and vintage prints are antique store or estate sale finds.
Baxter’s bed is the Comfy Couch pet bed from Frontgate. We actually purchased two of these on a recent visit to the Frontgate Outlet outside of Cincinnati. I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area. We put an inexpensive faux sheepskin rug from Amazon in front of her bed so that she doesn’t slip on the hardwood floors when she gets into and out of her bed. She likes to have her bed right next to the radiator for extra warmth in the winter, but this is not its permanent location.
Although it took us a couple of years to get the space just right, I am so happy with how the primary bedroom turned out. There are still a few additional updates I hope to make, but we enjoy this tranquil space every day. Most of the furniture and decor have been in place for more than a year and I haven’t yet regretted any of the choices we made in this space. I enjoyed working with Linda and her team and would recommend her to anyone looking to work with an interior designer in the area.
What do you think of this space? Have you ever worked with an interior designer? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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