Before and After: A Dingy Bedroom’s Refreshing Redo Gives it Stylish Boutique Hotel Vibes

published Jan 10, 2022
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About this before & after
Home Type
Project Type
Mid-century Modern
Skill Level
Rental Friendly
Before: Carpeted bedroom with green walls, brown trim, and dated ceiling fan
Credit: Loren Muntz

Beautiful hotel lobbies and suites are ripe with design inspiration — especially if you’re going for a glam, high-end look with vacation vibes.

In homeowner Loren Muntz’s once-“dark and depressing” bedroom, hotel-worthy relaxation was definitely on the mood board. Loren was looking for a place “to come to at night and feel relaxed and rested,” she says, and her grayish green walls, dingy carpeting, and almost-orange trim weren’t cutting it.

Credit: Loren Muntz

“The before was dark and depressing,” she says. “I didn’t feel relaxed in my room at night.” So over the course of six months, Loren did some major DIY work to completely transform her downer space into a design masterpiece for about $4,000.

Credit: Loren Muntz

High on the list was painting over the green walls. Loren chose white for most of the walls and trim, adding some punch with a statement-making scalloped wallpaper. The combo helped to make the room feel lighter, airer, and more modern. “I love how bright and happy it feels,” Loren says of the “after.”

She also installed new cumaru wood flooring to replace the carpet, which had tons of pulls and stains before, she recalls. She says she loves the mix of mid-century and glam in her new bedroom.

Credit: Loren Muntz

As for furniture, Loren used her mother’s vintage mid-century dresser and bought a low-profile bed from Walmart Overhead, she replaced the ceiling fan with a five-globe light fixture to achieve her retro-meets-contemporary look.

One trick to steal from Loren’s new space for making a bedroom feel extra luxe and special? Add a stylish accent chair, which makes for a special spot to slip on your shoes in the morning, drink a cup of coffee, or read a book. (Loren’s is from Target.)

“I’m most proud of the final look,” Loren says. “Just knowing that I came up with the entire look myself feels really good.” Her hotel-inspired vision and execution is indeed five-star worthy.