Jan’s Main Bedroom Refresh – The Reveal
Last month, I kicked off my mom’s bedroom refresh with a game plan for her space along with a sconce hack to add new lighting over her nightstands. The only other changes we had for her bright bedroom makeover were new accessories, so I’m already here with the big reveal!
Even though we made minimal changes here, with new lighting, nightstands, rug, and accessories, it feels like a fresh space. It’s wild how a few small changes can reinvigorate a room and give it a new life. It just goes to show that you can slowly tweak a room so it feels more like you.
Jan’s Bedroom Before
Let me emphasize that my mom’s bedroom before was gorgeous. This is hardly a dramatic before and after. But my mom wanted to inject a bit more color into the room and was looking for a refresh to kick off the year. So that’s exactly what we did!
Jan’s Bedroom Now
We used lots of subtle swaps and tweaks to give it a refreshing look. Let’s dive into all of the details.
If you remember, the nightstands she had were the last pieces from my mom’s old home. She was eager to part ways with them and it made sense because they weren’t the right scale for this low-profile bed.
The new nightstands are the perfect height and size for the space. Not to mention, they’re gorgeous with the dark wood and brass detailing.
Swapping out the lamps for the sconces really freed up space on the nightstands. If you remember this post, we didn’t even hire an electrician for the job. Instead, we used this cool sconce hack to give them light without the complicated hardwiring. They look awesome!
The New Rug
The rug (in the salmon/ink color) adds a lot of color and texture to the space. We ended up going with an 8.5 x 11.5 size. When choosing how to lay a rug, I often recommend laying it with the long side of the rug parallel to the longest wall.
I love that the rug extends well past the foot of her bed so there’s a lot of comfort underfoot on the other side of the room.
However, I wish the rug was a tad wider. This was the largest rug we could use for this particular space. (If we would have ordered something bigger, it would have hit the walls.) If I could, I’d like at least six inches more on each side of the bed, but we fell in love with the color of this rug, so we decided to order it in the size that would work the best. I share more about choosing the best rug size for your space in this blog post if you need some guidance on your space.
You may have noticed that I hung two matching frames on the side of the bed. I think it’s always a good idea to layer in frames to give your nightstand a bit more dimension.
My mom bought these gold frames in a 10×14 and used 8×10 photos in the center.
On one side, she has a picture of her with her siblings. On the other, she has her four grandkids. I just used command strips to attach the lightweight frames to the wall.
I picked up a few new accessories to style the nightstands, including that adorable wicker tray. Here are a few of my most-used nightstand styling tips.
- Utilize stacked books to give an item height
- Corral smaller items with a tray
- Layer in frames for dimension
- Use objects with various heights
- Don’t over clutter
- Include fresh flowers or greenery when possible
- Group items in threes
I share more of my best shelf styling tips in this blog post. Really, I’m all about displaying items that are important to you. In Jan’s room, we have framed photos of her loved ones, family heirlooms (like the small plate painted by my great-grandmother), and a lucky horseshoe placed on top of the stack of books.
We kept all of the bedding the same and just swapped out her lumbar pillow for this colorful one. It’s from the same line as the rug, so they complement each other well. If you want to update the look of your bed, start with a new lumbar pillow.
My mom’s wall of built-ins still looks the same as when she had them installed. She LOVES them. Here, she stores all kinds of things. From her jewelry, to socks and underwear, to her Christmas decorations. These add so much storage to her small condo and I’m so happy we went with these for her bedroom.
You can read more about these (the install and price) over in this blog post.
My mom agrees that this was money well spent on her home.
Hallway of Pictures
I’d be remiss if I didn’t showcase a photo of my mom’s lovely gallery wall. This is one of the most popular posts on the blog and those inexpensive frames were my best selling product in 2021! They really are great frames, so I can see why! My mom constantly changes up the 8×10 photos in these frames, showcasing everyone in our family.
Before & After
Jan’s Bright Bedroom Makeover – Sources
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore “Gray Owl” // Bed // Art (local from The Painted Lady Chicago) // White Duvet // Blush Quilt // Blush Pillows // Lumbar Pillow // Woven Shades // Gold Frames // Nightstands // Rug (Ink/Salmon Color) // Sconces // Wicker Tray // Flower Vase // Cream Vase // Faux Greenery // Black Built-In Hardware // Ceiling Fan // Black & White Frames // Hallway Sconce (from Rejuvenation; no longer sold)
So I know we mentioned in this first blog post about her room that my mom was getting a new mattress. We’re still working on it, so we haven’t gotten one just yet. That’s pretty much the only thing left to do in this room! Other than that, my mom is feeling good about the space and all of the changes we made.
Tour The Rest of Jan’s Home
I’ve featured every room in my mom’s home here on the blog.
- Full Home Tour
- Full Home Tour – Video
- Christmas Home Tour
- Main Bedroom
- Main Bedroom Built-Ins
- Installing Bedroom Window Treatments
- Hallway Gallery Wall
- Entryway Details
- Guest Room
- Pantry Makeover
- Kitchen Reveal
- Farmhouse Dining Room
- Blush Living Room
- DIY Guest Room Closet
- Downsizing Part 1 // Downsizing Part 2 // Downsizing Part 3
- Guest Bathroom Reveal
- Main Bathroom Reveal
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.