Before and After: A $250 Bedroom Upgrade Is a Perfect Mix of Boho and Farmhouse

updated Mar 3, 2021
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Before: empty white room

Moving into a new home means that you get to start fresh with decor, and that’s doubly true when you’re working within a builder-grade home that offers mostly blank slates. For Amy Wadsworth (804 Sycamore), one of those blank slate spaces was her teenage daughter’s bedroom — a white room with beige carpet and lots of potential.

“My daughter is 14 and wanted a more mature bedroom design that reflected her style,” Amy says. Her request: something a little boho, a little farmhouse.

With about $250, Amy was able to turn an empty white room into something warm and cozy. She started with a farmhouse-y accent wall behind the bed, nailing 12-foot shiplap boards to the wall so that they came about halfway up the wall. For contrast against the white walls of the rest of the room, Amy painted them a light greenish gray (Magnolia Home’s Clean Lines).

Once the wall shiplap was up, Amy installed a slim wood shelf to cap it off. Pocket screws are totally hidden and make the shelf extra strong and stable — perfect for displaying art, plants, and other knicknacks.

The accent wall helps highlight the bed’s new headboard, which Amy made herself. The natural wood frame ties in with the wall shelf, and the cane insert is quintessential boho.

This project proves a little bit of customization can go a long way in creating a warm and inviting space. Without having to redo the entire room, Amy was able to give her daughter exactly the space she wanted: a blend of farmhouse and boho that’s totally fit for a teen.

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