Let’s just start by saying, this has been a long time coming. When it comes to decorating our home, the focus has always been on the spaces our guests see when they come to visit. Those spaces include our kitchen and dining room, our living room and foyer and our half bath and back patio. Since our master bedroom is tucked away upstairs, guests rarely see where we rest at night, which I love, but it has also been neglected from a design standpoint leaving it a hodgepodge of mismatched furniture from various life stages and dwellings. After six years of living in our home, I finally decided it was time to focus on our personal space in order to make it more desirable to retreat to at the end of each day. So, without further ado, here is my simple master bedroom refresh, including a before and after reveal!
Before Our Simple Master Bedroom Refresh
Before our simple master bedroom refresh, our room featured artwork from the condo we lived in prior to this house, curtains that coordinated with our old bedspread and nightstands from our townhouse when we lived in New Jersey eight years ago! I bought the headboard a few years back, which I’ve been very happy with, so the first thing I wanted to focus on were the nightstands.
My nightstand is the first thing you see when you step into our room, so it was important to me to find a set that makes a statement when you enter the space. My existing nightstands are a dark, cherry wood finish no longer visually appeal to me. The style is more traditional which is something I have been moving away from. Furthermore, the storage space they provide does not serve us well. Needless to say, it was long overdue to replace them with something we loved visually and also provided better functionality.
As far as the nightstand decor, window treatments and framed art goes, it was also time to say goodbye. They were no longer my style and coordinated with an old bedspread I departed with when we bought our new headboard and bedframe. I already had a set of new curtain rods I had purchased on clearance a while back and knew I’d probably opt for the same white drapes I found for the nursery because they are of great quality and an affordable price. All of the remaining decor elements would depend on what pieces I chose as our new nightstands.
Choosing The Nightstands
When I headed out to search for our new nightstands, I headed to Old Time Pottery where I found a wide assortment of accent furniture in various styles. As I perused their vast aisles of accent furniture, I found bedside tables, decorative cabinets, small dressers and shelving units. While nightstands are the typical go-to for bedside furniture, I wanted to incorporate something a little less expected for our simple master bedroom refresh that would not only complement my new style but also provide additional storage.
As I narrowed down my choices, I decided a small cabinet checked all the boxes of my wish list. A small cabinet would provide the unique style I was looking for and based on the dimensions, would provide that additional storage I was seeking for our personal belongings. The only problem was, I couldn’t make a decision between two pieces.
So what did I do? I purchased both cabinets, loaded them into my car with the help of a generous Old Time Pottery employee and drove them home to see them each in my space. Before placing them next to my bedside, I changed out the curtain rods from the existing traditional silver set to a modern brass set. I then took a curtain panel from our nursery and hung them on the rod to give me an idea if I liked them in the space. From there, I brought in each cabinet to see which I liked best in the space.
Our Simple Master Bedroom Refresh
After seeing each cabinet in the space, it became immediately clear which cabinet I would keep. There was just something about the warm tone of the darker cabinet that brought a sense of warmth to the space. While I loved the detailing and style of the lighter cabinet, it seemed to blend in too much with the headboard, bedding and white window treatments taking away from its overall beauty. On the other hand, the contrast of the darker cabinet helped it to not only become a focal point, but also highlight the lighter details around it.
Choosing the finishing details were the cherry on top. Since we have a king size bed and because the cabinet is proportionate in size, I chose to feature a substantial sized table lamp. Again, I chose a high contrasting color to really make the cabinet pop. From there, I selected only a few details to complement the other pieces in the space without overcrowding the top of the cabinet. When it comes to the bedside table, we like to follow Emily Ley’s rule which is to display two things that “…make you happy. You should also have a lamp and a clock. That’s it.”
If you take a step back, the changes we made to our master bedroom are rather simple and cost effective but have a big impact. It just goes to show, you don’t have to make structural or permanent changes to create a space you love. Choose only a few pieces that bring you joy and that serve you well and you will have yourself a beautiful space you love to retreat to.
For more tips on how to choose small dressers and cabinets as nightstands to maximize your space, be sure to check out our post over on the Old Time Pottery Blog!
For Jenna’s Simple Master Bedroom Refresh, be sure to check out this post!