Master Bedroom Decorating: A Romantic Bedroom Makeover on a Budget
A Romantic Master bedroom
Creating a Romantic Master Bedroom on a Budget
When decorating budgets are tight, other rooms take priority, and the master bedroom might not receive the attention it deserves. However, a lovely master bedroom can be a romantic retreat where you can enjoy some private moments and spend time away from the mainstream activity of the household.
You can see from the "Before" photographs that our newly acquired home was a prime candidate for a bedroom makeover. While the room is spacious and bright, there were so many problems that needed to be addressed.
Listing the pros and cons of the room was helpful in determining the specific needs and planning the budget and the work schedule.
BEFORE: Pictures of Master Bedroom
Pros and Cons to Existing Master Bedroom
- The room was spacious.
- A beautiful arched window lets in a lot of light.
- Walls were solid with no damage.
- Most of the existing doors were in good shape
- There was a nice ceiling fan and light fixture in the room.
- There were two closets, a large walk-in closet and a shallower double closet for my husband.
- The rug was stained and smelled of dog – it would have to go
- The sliding mirrored doors on one of the closets were damaged and needed replacement.
- Although the room is large, the big triple window on one wall and 4 doors in the room left little wall space for furniture.
- The walls were painted a dark red brown that seemed depressing!
Planning Colors and Furniture
My vision for the bedroom was to turn it into a romantic retreat that could also be used for reading or conversation. TV in the bedroom has always been banned. Light colors followed the theme throughout the house. Avoiding a décor that was overly masculine or feminine, we chose a light lavender for the walls and white for all the woodwork. With budget in mind, we chose to decorate with paintings and burgundy accents that we already owned. New furniture was not in the budget.
Furniture in the Bedroom
Since new furniture was not in the budget, we chose furniture we already owned to furnish the bedroom. There is a large walk-in closet, and I moved my dresser into it to make the bedroom feel more spacious and allow plenty of room for a cozy seating area. My favorite pink lazy boy recliner fit in perfectly, and my husband’s grandfather’s rocking chair added a finishing touch. A cute round wooden table and thrift store lamp completed a sitting area. White mini blinds on the windows gave privacy while inexpensive semi-sheer curtains in white and burgundy added softness to the window. The mirrored glass doors on the double closet were replaced with white vinyl louvered doors. All of the woodwork was painted with a satin-finish enamel.
Because wall space was limited, a double dresser was moved into the walk-in closet leaving room to spare for hanging clothes. By installing a set of shelves at one end of the shallower double closet and placing a plastic drawer section at the other end, we eliminated the need for dressers in the bedroom and were able to keep the spacious look that we loved. The limited wall space in the room would be used for bookcases painted to match the woodwork rather than dressers.
Do It Yourself Redecorating
Steps in the Decorating Process
Remove Unwanted Items from Room.
The first order of business was to remove all of the carpeting and the padding under it. The glass closet doors were removed. All of the baseboards were removed to another room where they could be painted.
Complete Painting From the Top Down.
Painting had to be complete before we started on the floor. We decided to work from the top down, so the ceiling was painted first, then all of the walls were given a coat of white primer. The dark color of the existing walls were not so easily covered, and needed 2 additional coats of the final color. Because there are cathedral ceilings in the bedroom, it was especially difficult to paint. We purchased a paint applicator (Homeright EZ-Twist 5 piece Paint applicator kit -$28.97) with a long handle which made the job a lot easier. The handle could be filled with 18 oz. of paint at a time and eliminated much of the work of getting on and off the ladder to refill a roller.
Baseboards were taken to another room where they were placed flat on sawhorses and painted with rollers. We also removed other doors and placed them on sawhorses where they could be painted while flat. This made paint application smoother and easier and eliminated drips.
Once the rug and padding was removed, we found that the floor had hundreds of staples in it that had to be removed. After this was done, a sub floor of luan was laid down to even out the floor, then a barrier of foam sheeting was put down.
AFTER: Master Bedroom Redecorated
Bedroom Decorating Budget
3 gallons white primer
3 gallons final coat wall paint
White mini blinds
Sheer curtains from discount store
Laminate wood flooring from Home Depot
Quilted comforter with rosebud embroidery from WalMart
White plastic 3 drawer section for the closet
Sticking to a Low Budget
Because new items were purchased at discount stores, and we did all of the work ourselves, there aren't too many ways we could have redecorated this room on less money. The one major expense was the new laminate wood flooring. We could have kept the old rugs and hired a professional cleaning service to clean them, but decided to splurge on new flooring. The end result was well worth the cost.
By raiding other rooms and storage areas, we added some handmade afghans, throw pillows, candles and paintings that complemented the décor without having to go on a shopping spree.
Tips for a Romantic Bedroom Makeover
Create a romantic refuge in your bedroom by following some simple rules for a romantic bedroom makeover. Your bedroom doesn’t have to be all hearts and flowers to make you feel pampered and relaxed and in the mood for romance. In fact, the perfect bedroom décor for a couple should not be either too feminine nor too masculine, but a comfortable in-between.
- Wall color. Warm beige or soft pinks will put you in the mood for romance. Avoid very strong colors.
- Clutter. Get rid of clutter by stashing it in covered baskets, under-the-bed storage containers or in closets. Bedside table items can be contained on a small tray.
- Electronic devices. No TVs, computers or exercise equipment allowed in a romantic bedroom. These items are distracting and will interfere with good rest as well as intimacy in the bedroom. Unless it plays soft music, keep electronics out of your bedroom.
- Photographs. Keep some photographs of you sharing happy moments as a couple, but move the pictures of the kids and other family members to another room. This is a private place for just the two of you – no visitors allowed!
- Mirrors. Mirrors can be placed to reflect soft lighting, but should not face the bed as they upset the harmony of the room.
- Paintings and wall décor. Paintings are o.k. if they are upbeat. They should not depict sad or violent scenes, nor should they be in very dark colors. Keep the voodoo masks and hunting scenes in the den!
- Lighting. Lights with dimmer switches will enable you to go from bright to romantic at the touch of a button. Lightly scented candles will add ambiance.
- Luxury. Add a few luxurious touches like high thread count sheets, down pillows, scented candles, fresh flowers or soft music.
Decorating a Romantic Master Bedroom
Decorating a romantic master bedroom can fit into even a small budget with some careful planning. It is surprising what a fresh coat of paint and new window treatments will add to a room. Be sure to take advantage of things you already have to add some finishing touches. Scented candles, pretty lamps, pillows and soft throws will add a feeling of comfort and luxury to your room. I hope this has given you some ideas for your own redecorating project.
Do enjoy your redecorated romantic bedroom!