Planning Our Master Bedroom

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If I’m honest, I’m having the hardest time figuring out what to do with our master bedroom. We genuinely have no idea how we’d like it to look, but finding that bedding sale the other day really has me itching to get it done. Part of the challenge is that we have a lot more space. So much that it almost feels like our furniture is floating in the room instead of anchoring it. Need a visual? Well, here’s a top-down look at our bedroom furniture perth layout.


Click the image for a larger version and keep in mind that this is not to scale.

In person, the room feels — well — empty. The bed is so far from the TV that it’s hard to read text. That probably means I need to get my eyes checked, but my point is that I never had that problem in our last bedroom, when the TV was a lot closer. And the nook over to the right isn’t really being used at the moment.

The first thing I’d like to do is a get a headboard, which we’ve been saying we’d do for years. If you recall, a few years back, two apartments ago, we used bamboo wall flats to make a headboard.


As much as we loved the way it looked, it really only works if the walls are painted, and we’re not painting this huge room — at least not for now. We’re renting, and we’d have to paint it back to eggshell. So we want something a bit more traditional this time. An actual headboard. I’ve been eyeing these two from Walmart because they’re affordable.


1/Better Homes and Gardens Linen Headboard with Nailheads, $149 | 2/9 by Novogratz Headboard with Nailheads, $199 (aff)

However, my green guilt may not let me pull the trigger, so I may have to make the headboard myself, like I did for my daughter. I’ve also been eyeing the organic collection over at Zen Bedrooms, from beds and mattresses to bedding and decorative pillows. Check out all the goodies.

But before we get too far, we have to settle on a color scheme. We have these awesome curtains from West Elm that we’d like to keep, and the headboard will probably be gray. So the question is what color to pair with them.


Slate blue? Plum? Yellow? Deep red? I’m stuck. I don’t know where to go from here, and it’s paralyzing my ability to come up with anything else. Once we choose a color, we can pick bedding that won’t clash with the curtains, a rug to anchor the space, some lamps for our nightstands, and maybe a bookshelf to add to the nook.

So here’s where I enlist your help.

What color scheme would you choose? And looking at the floor plan, what would you do with the furniture? How would you use the space?

We always wanted a huge bedroom, but now that we have one, we have no idea how to use it. Help!

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  • Avatar Shelley Beckes September 12, 2014, 12:53 pm

    I think I would go with slate blue but you could definitely include the other colors in “splashes”. The other colors could be incorporated through the use of pillows and lamp shades.

  • Avatar Catherine Crandall September 19, 2014, 11:22 am

    If you’d go for a gray headboard, I think yellow curtains would be a perfect match for it. Aside from adding some vibrancy to your bedroom it will also lighten up the area. Moreover, placing a carpet is a good idea too. It will help you to create an illusion of a smaller room.

  • Avatar Cassandra February 8, 2016, 3:20 am

    I’m a huge fan of gray and yellow, but if that’s not up your alley I’d go with gray and blue, particularly navy.

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