It's not at all a secret that I love neutral decor in my house. Black, white, grey, mushroom and all their various tints and shades.
Since moving to this house, we've been working to create a grand and elegant, yet cozy and welcoming feel using that color palette for the whole house.
We have a ways to go since every room was painted a different color before we owned the house, which is totally okay because it was the previous owner's style – it's just not ours.
We've made some progress in the living and dining rooms:
And I was thinking the master bedroom would be a quick project that would only require a little paint.
So imagine my shock and utter disappointment when I spent an entire Saturday painting the master bedroom a color I was sure was a medium khaki grey (SW Spalding Grey) – only to have it dry looking like a shade of plum once it was on the walls!
To be fair, Spalding Grey does actually have some purplish undertones which just ended up really amplified by the creamy wainscoting and trim already in the room.
Anyway. Back to the drawing board for our room.
So what am I thinking for our master bedroom now?
Black and White Farmhouse Bedroom Inspiration
There are a few black and white farmhouse bedrooms that I adore. The first is that of my friend Liz…
And then (of course) a couple of Joanna's (Fixer Upper/Magnolia)…
Basically, black, white and neutral all over.
Here's a bit of a style board for a visual.
(Yes, we have a TV in our room. Reality, folks. Dean has to get up earlier than I do so sometimes I'm not ready to go to sleep when he is. So I watch TV in bed, while he sleeps. It's also really awesome if I'm ever sick to be able to watch TV in bed away from the noise of three kids.)
We already have the bed, rug, art, window coverings (black out blinds AND curtains – 'cause I'm totally a princess and need to sleep in the dark!) and lamps. I just have to figure out a paint color for the upper part of the walls, so I don't have to paint the wainscoting, trim and ceiling (at least not right away) that are all currently the same color of off-white/cream.
The other issue is that our nightstands and dressers are perfectly functional – but not what I want. They made perfect sense in our last house because our room was on the small side. And when we went to buy them a few years ago, Ikea was out of the plain white Hemnes and only had the “gray” – which is actually rather on the purple side (another reason the Spalding Gray is looking extra purple). Another lesson in patience…I totally should have waited for the white to be back in stock. But we'd rented a Uhaul and made the trip, so I panicked and just bought the grey.
But all is not lost. Apparently I can sand them down and repaint/stain them! So I may try that in the meantime while I'm waiting for the budget to recuperate from buying a new house.
With all the renovations we're doing on the main floor – coffered ceiling in the dining room, panel moulding in the entry/dining/hall/stairwell and a kitchen reno coming up in April/May – the Master bedroom has to take a backseat for a little while.
A girl can dream though, right?
Black and White Farmhouse Bedroom Resources:
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What do you think of our bedroom decor plan? Is your master bedroom decorated? Or has it fallen to the bottom of ‘the list'?