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Bright & Light Master Bedroom Decor (Before & After)

Master bedroom refresh -- bright and light Florida master bedroom (before & after)

For the longest time, our master bedroom decor needed a major update. We had a mix of furniture, and I had so been wanting to give our bedroom a more cohesive look. The goal was to create a relaxing and serene, yet bright and light space. To update our space, I enlisted my friend Shira who owns a fantastic e-design business (remember, she helped me with this gallery wall and gave us all lots of great tips?).

Ready to see lots of before and afters of our master bedroom decor, along with some tips that totally helped us transform the space? Let’s get to it.

Here’s what we started with:

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Shira noted a whole slew of relatively easy updates that could give me the look I wanted, after getting a new upholstered bed in a soft grey linen weave fabric that was my top priority. She provided us three mock-ups (such a fun process!), like this one below that was our favorite.

Shira Bess Interiors Master Bedroom Redesign by popular Florida style blogger The Modern Savvy

We wound up pulling in a few items from other master bedroom decor options to eventually create the final version. A few points she noted in our room that likely will help for any spaces you’re updating.

  • Add larger and more cylindrical lamps to balance out the new bed shape.
  • Add mirrors above each bedside piece to break up the large wall; the reflection will add light and color to the room. Plus, as she said, you can never have too many mirrors in a room!
  • A basket (or two) underneath Adam’s bedside table to hide magazines, blankets, pillows, etc. Truth: it even hides a small garbage for his rogue receipts, etc.
  • A large 9 x 12 wool rug to pull the room together, add warmth and add a beautiful decorative feel. I was never sure about adding rugs above carpet and now I’m obsessed with how much better it makes the space.
  • Relocate the existing tall dresser (or replace with a new one) to the wall between the closet and entrance to the room you are opening up the corner by the window for the IKEA chair.
  • Update curtains with ones that are lighter in color and larger in length. Curtains hung higher above the window will maximize great ceiling height room and create a more serene and grand look.
  • Frame the painting above the bed in a slim white wood frame. Framing a painting automatically gives it a more finished look and will elevate the piece from a canvas to a framed work of art.

 

Shira sent me a doc with all the sizes and links and I purchased everything on my own time to take advantage of sales and budget. So excited with how everything turned out. The headboard in particular makes me so happy and I can’t believe how even moving a few pieces of furniture, finally forcing Adam to de-clutter his nightstand, adding the rug & framing the art above our bed really transformed the space and makes me so much happier each day.

Master bedroom refresh -- bright and light master bedroom decor (before & after) with grey upholstered headboard by popular Florida style blogger The Modern Savvy

Master bedroom refresh -- bright and light master bedroom decor (before & after) with grey upholstered headboard by popular Florida style blogger The Modern Savvy

Master bedroom refresh -- bright and light master bedroom decor (before & after) with grey upholstered headboard by popular Florida style blogger The Modern Savvy Master bedroom refresh -- bright and light master bedroom decor (before & after) with grey upholstered headboard by popular Florida style blogger The Modern Savvy Master bedroom refresh -- bright and light Florida master bedroom (before & after) - Master bedroom refresh -- bright and light master bedroom decor (before & after) with grey upholstered headboard by popular Florida style blogger The Modern Savvy

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ABOUT OUR MASTER BEDROOM DECOR

Bed: Pottery Barn

Duvet: West Elm

Rug: Pottery Barn

Lamps: Wayfair (set of two, comes in nearly a dozen colors)

Tall Dresser: CB2

Mirrored nightstands: Homegoods (mine is a “dresser”; similar here and here)

Circular Mirrors: CB2

Bedside boxes: Container Store

Large Baskets: West Elm 

Over-arching floor lamp: West Elm 

Curtains and Rod: Pottery Barn

Chair: IKEA

Stool: Lulu & Georgia

Chair: IKEA

Gallery Wall: c/o Minted

Left wall: Always Love // Palm Tree // Blue Abstract // Multi-color abstract

Right Wall: Abstract stripes // Palm frond // Ocean // Abstract triangles

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  • Reply
    Jessica
    January 11, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Natural sunlight is the best! Also, love your bedroom dear, and that painting on the wall is quite a pretty touch to add color.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    Sharon Bryan
    January 10, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Your room turned out beautiful. I love the arc lamp and reading nook. All the incorporated prints go so well together yet I would have hesitated to choose them. Thanks Alyson another good interesting post.

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    Shira Rosenbluth
    January 8, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    I love the changes- your room looks gorgeous!

    https://www.asequinloveaffair.com/

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      Alyson
      January 9, 2018 at 10:26 AM

      Thanks so much, Shira!

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    Lyddiegal
    January 8, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Love the new bedroom! I appreciate that you didn’t run out and buy all new pieces, but just made some small updates to refresh the space. And I always marvel when people have such spacious bedrooms that a reasonable amount of furniture doesn’t feel cramped. Love your huge window too, gorgeous!
    Chic on the Cheap

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      Alyson
      January 9, 2018 at 10:27 AM

      Thanks so much and totally agree — it’s great when you can work with what you have! Have to keep that budget in check. 😉

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    Sam
    January 8, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    It looks great! I’ve been dreaming about re-doing our bedroom, but it’s a hard sell with the husband lol. Love the way you used the space, especially that “reading nook” in the corner.

    xx
    Sam

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      Alyson
      January 9, 2018 at 10:28 AM

      Thanks, Sam! Totally get it — definitely focused on some other spaces first but I’m glad I didn’t wait forever for our master; we spend time in there and want to be happy when I walk in our personal space. Convince him. 😉

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    Mallory
    January 8, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Love the way this turned out! I have a similar setup to yours, and I’ve been so stuck on furniture placement and how to make it all look more cohesive. This has given me some great ideas!!

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      Mallory
      January 8, 2018 at 1:14 PM

      Also – can you tell me where your three euro pillows/cases are from? Or something similar? Love those!

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        Alyson
        January 9, 2018 at 10:28 AM

        Yay, so glad you found this refresh helpful! I thought the shams were sold out but found them! They’re from West Elm: http://bit.ly/2DbILoF.

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    Kimberly Smith
    January 8, 2018 at 6:31 AM

    This turned out so good! We’ve been in the process of re-decorating our entire main floor & I wish I had someone as talented as Shira to help me!

    • Reply
      Alyson
      January 8, 2018 at 12:12 PM

      That’s so fun! I’ve never heard of e-design before meeting Shira but love the concept (and how much more budget-friendly it is).

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