I finally did it. I revamped our bedroom.
When the boyfriend and I combined households, we decided to use his furniture in the master bedroom instead of mine. He was worried the cats would destroy my beautiful bed (and he wasn't wrong) and did not want to chance it.
He had dark wood furniture with clean lines, so I was fine with the plan. In our rental, the master bedroom had green paint and brown trim. It was like living in a forest, all the time. I strongly considered painting the room and ended up trying to "go with it", as I spent money painting over the living room feature red wall and the dining room peach color. It was money well spent, but there wasn't enough leftover to paint the master bedroom also. Also, it was a rental, so I wanted to limit my home improvement of someone else's property.
The colors in the bedroom in our new home are the same as the rest of the house, beige. While its nice to not be restricted in terms of color palette and decor, it has been challenging to be bold with colors and patterns. The boyfriend is a big fan of neutral everything, but a roomful of brown makes me nauseated. For a while now, we've gone with the same palette as in the previous green master bedroom at the rental. His furniture, my old green knit blanket, his grey and black quilt and shams set. He had an old Moroccan lantern that I liked, so I bought a few other ones and some wooden carved wall hangings to try to build on the theme. I had been "on hold" in that place for a while. It has been killing me trying to come up with something to go with these color options. Green, grey, and black are just not my thing.
Here is the old bedroom. You can see my nightstand redo on the left and the boyfriend's IKEA hack where he stained the IKEA Rast and added new knobs on the right. I purchased the purple and silver throw pillows to try to work with the silver and black, but it wasn't enough.
Here is my jewelry cabinet, from value city furniture. It has held up nice over the years. Above it is a picture, vaguely french with green colors and two beautiful ceramic pieces flanking it, both from the boyfriend's collection. These were in the living room of the rental and here we decided to try it out in the bedroom. Nice, but random.
This is the Moroccan feature wall we transplanted from the rental bedroom. I got the carved wall hanging from World Market and the lanterns from various places, including Amazon. The boyfriend's lantern came from a friend, the same one who gave him the ceramic pieces pictured above. I pretty much have liked and used everything she has given him. Poor guy.
I decided to use what I already had and buy small budget items, getting rid of only the items I truly could not stand anymore. The room was also a bit bare, decor wise, but I only wanted to add things that truly updated and complimented the existing space.
I kept the Moroccan wall carving and lanterns on the dresser area the exact same.
I switched out the ceramic figures and painting for a mirrored sconce from World Market.
This room we use every day now makes me smile. Between these changes and the closet redo, I think the master bedroom is 90% done. The boyfriend considers it 99% done, in a minimalist style. He clarified the difference between minimalist and spartan for me as well. Smile.