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Before and After: A Musky and “Extremely Dated” Blue Bedroom Becomes a Cozy Yet Minimalist Haven

published Feb 13, 2022
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Credit: Danielle

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While monochromatic spaces certainly can be beautiful and striking, they can also be intimidating to put together. Plus, sometimes decor that’s too matchy-matchy can end up feeling more like a child’s bedroom than a sophisticated, put-together space.

For home renovator and DIYer Danielle (@_bydanielle), her all-blue primary bedroom was out of date and all-around disappointing. “The main bedroom was extremely dated with blue walls and a deep blue textured feature wall,” Danielle says. “It wasn’t a pretty sight!” 

To make matters worse, the floors were in rough shape. The carpet was extremely old and beginning to develop a musky smell, and the timbers underneath had a bit of damage from termites. “Thankfully it was only a few boards and not the whole floor,” she says.

Danielle decided to give the whole room a refresh, starting with the walls. “We had to sand the feature walls, which was both messy and time-consuming,” she says. 

Credit: Danielle

After the texture was sanded down, Danielle painted the walls in a tan latte shade, which she says is much more cozy and relaxing than the blue before — perfect for a bedroom. “It’s amazing what a lick of paint can do to a space,” she says. 

She also removed the clunky valance from the window and replaced it with a sleeker black rod that holds minimalist gray curtains. “We wanted to make the space more modern but simple,” Danielle says. 

After the old carpeted floors, walls, and windows were refreshed, Danielle accessorized with a bouclé-looking rug from Hali Rugs, nightstands from Harvey Norman, and cozy neutral bedding for an overall warm, minimalist vibe.

“Knowing that we’ve been able to take something so dated and make it look beautiful is really special,” Danielle says.