Take Your Beige Bedroom From Blah to Bold

published Feb 3, 2016
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Project by: Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home
Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Whether you have beige or neutral walls by choice (or because you rent, can’t paint and the place came with them), beige does NOT have to mean boring. Especially if you add in fun elements to make your room bold. We spotted five such ideas in this reader submitted professional project, and I’m including the designer’s description of the project along with my own descriptions of bold elements.

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From the designer:

“This home is located in Kansas City, Missouri. The homeowner wanted a new look for their master suite and I was hired to handle the makeover. Our main objective was to inject life into the space by brightening the color palette, while still keeping the design classic and comfortable. Before the makeover, the room was cluttered with dark, ill-fitting furniture pieces and its overall look was a bit lackluster. From the get-go, we decided to keep the beautiful antique wood dressers and used them as inspiration for furnishing the rest of the room. We brought in furniture in a variety of materials and textures, giving the space a lighter, more airy feel.

My clients fell in love with a piece of art by Jennifer Bricker-Purgh and we were able to commission her to create a smaller piece for above the bed. This serves as the room’s statement piece and inspired the whole color palette. I love how it looks with the stunning bedside lamps. It’s the perfect pop of color and personality. Overall, the biggest challenge when designing this space was sourcing bedding. We didn’t want to settle on a fabric for the chairs until the bedding was selected, which made choosing it even more important. We settled on a green and light cream option that tied the art in with the upholstered furnishings beautifully. After the makeover, the room exudes a classic, livable feel with a vibrant flair.”

Go for curtains with a sheen

You can go for bold colors and patterns with your window treatments, of course, but choosing a fabric material that has a sheen to it will catch the light and create an exciting visual moment in your bedroom. When used on windows that flank the bed, it can make for an especially great visual frame for a bed and headboard.

Let your lamps be a statement

Lamps are usually what is lighting up bold decor, but in this room, they’re a bold color and oversized and become a statement themselves.

Mix patterns on your bedding

If ever there were a safe place to experiment with pattern mixing, it’s your bed! Where changes and variety are easy to come by and easy to change up to find a combination of textures and patterns that really makes your bed and bedroom sing.

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Mix furniture styles

While a room all decked out in one furniture style can be a powerful and bold visual look, mixing up styles (particularly when they’re quite opposite in look) can create a dynamic energy in a room.

Don’t forget about the foot of your bed!

It’s prime real estate for storage furniture, seating arrangements and other decor items that can really make an impact.

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Bonus: Add luxury to your bathroom, too!

Don’t forget adding some elements to a bathroom to make it more comfortable and cozy, too!


  • Bedside lamps: Mary McDonald for Robert Abbey
  • Bedside chests: Marie Chest from Bungalow 5
  • Headboard: Helaine by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
  • Chairs: Lee Industries
  • Table between chairs: Arteriors Home
  • Art: Jennifer Bricker-Pugh
  • Rug: The Knotty Rug

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