Week one of the One Room Challenge was the room reveal and general plans, but week two’s update is all about design!
| Week 2 | – The Design (this post)
The ORC Master Bedroom Design
If you remember, we already shared some of what we envision in the space:
- monochromatic walls with additional wall trim boxing
- wood-toned blinds (or roman shades)
- light and airy curtains
- clean, modern side tables
- meaningful artwork
- a multifunctional sitting room
These elements stem from a many experiences we took away from a trip to Paris and incorporate some other things we love: books, our small collection of art, using a mix of woods and dark tones and clean-lined design that doesn’t sacrifice comfort.
What Stays and What Will go in our Master Bedroom
Before we dig too much more into our plans for this room, we need to share what stays and what goes.
Due to budget, the loveseat may need to stay somewhere in the room. But the most important piece of furniture that will stay is our bed! It’s a non-negotiable; and there’s a good reason, too.
Uriah and I met at Appalachian State University while I was working on prerequisites for nursing school and he pursued a career in industrial design. In his woodworking class, junior year, the students were assigned a final project where they had to design and create a product – a project of their choice. He chose a king size bed. Did he have a king size bed at the time? Nope. But in typical Uriah fashion: forward thinking, and 100% practical, that was his choice.
Some of the sweetest dates in college included planning out, cutting the boards and hand sanding the pieces of this bed together. So, friends, as you can see: it must stay.
Basically everything else goes: side tables, dressers, blinds, linens, and those hideous curtains in the sitting room.
Our Master Bedroom Mood Board!
Next comes our mood board! (I actually made two). This will serve as a sort of guide in this One Room Challenge.
The design includes blacks and whites, greys, softened by wood tones, water color art, and neutral textiles. Clean-lined black metal night stands modern black sconces will contrast the chunky bed frame.
What we have our eye on
- These Sconces
- DIY-ing a desk inspired by this restoration hardware one
- This faux greenery
- These linen curtains
- These bamboo blinds
- This area rug
We will bring texture into the room with linen curtains and bedding, then add in wood-toned blinds that incorporate the hues of the bed.
Fixtures and finishes
We are thinking about these items to complete the sitting room design:
- These frames for wall art
- This color or this one for the board and batten feature wall
- Roman shades for this picture window
- This tassel light fixture
- This matte black and gold sconce
The bedroom Walls: Monochromatic
Inspired by french architecture and the beautiful designs we witnessed in Paris, one of the elements repeated in multiple places were tall ceilings, intricate trim details and beautiful monochromatic walls. The Restoration Hardware vibe was strong, for sure.
Check out our Pinterest board for this One Room Challenge!
In our room, for the most part, we will be applying this concept in white.
**This type of wall trim can easily feel excessively formal, we’ll tread lightly and have no problem cutting the whole idea from the design if needed. We are going for a light, airy, romantic space that doesn’t feel formal or uptight.
White walls are, in general, one of those things that everyone tells you not to do when you have kids. It’s impractical, so they say. But it’s also one of those things I’ve always wanted, so we are going for it. If it ends up being a poor choice, I can live with that.
the sitting room feature wall:
White isn’t the only color you will see in this room, though! You’ll also see a contrasting dark moody color on a feature wall of the sitting room. We’re thinking board and batten: more on that Week 3 and 4.
- dark board and batten using this color or this color
- a floating shelf “desk” with chair
- TV mounted to eye level
- floating shelves for books
- a wall sconce for lighting over the built-in desk
Uriah is in the “no TV’s in the bedroom” camp, but I’m all for it. We compromised by putting one in the sitting room. I’ve heard that TV’s are best viewed from eye level, and I quite agree. The mount was there when we moved in, so we just lived with it, but it will need to move according to my plans.
The existing sconce was located in the strangest place – not a fan.
But the layout above calls for a more functional location above the floating desk and a bit closer to where someone would sit.
The Latest ORC Update: We Painted!
If you are following along on Instagram, you already know this, but we painted!!
Next week is week 3 of the ORC and all about paint: tips, finishes, and the specific colors we chose for this room! You’ll also hear about the communication error that may have resulted in a little tiff between Uriah and I.