Tonya and Cody asked for my help, ready to move the babies out of their room because they wanted an update to their bedroom (which is already an amazing room to work with) with some rustic modern style. They love neutral and natural colors and furnishings, but with some contemporary style. The bed and headboard, green chair and ottoman, black desk, rug, and black gun cabinet had to stay, while everything else was able to go, so I got right down to work to put a plan together. Tonya’s biggest issue was the bed. It really can only go on one wall (unless you get rid of the headboard — not happening according to Cody) because of the angles of the roof — something you don’t realize will be problematic until you live in the space. I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
As you can see, the bones of the room (and rest of the house) is new and updated, so they wanted their decor to be calming and a restful space to enjoy away from the kids. The floorplan is a “U” shape surrounding their master bathroom, with a lot of difficult angles and tight spaces, so I had to focus on low furnishings and camouflaging to make use of wasted space.
Here is their new bedroom floor plan (click the photo to see it larger):
The main differences are that the desk will be to the left of the bed, the chair and ottoman will be in the entry, and the new furniture is around the walls. See more info. below!
- This room will be a palette of green, brown/blacks, creams and a little red in the existing rug and bathroom paint. This first color is the wall paint color, a soft, sagey (yet masculine) gray-green to coordinate with their existing green chair and ottoman, and ground the room in a nice, earthy color. It will also bring out the greens in the rug, and tone down some of the other main colors. If possible (but it will work either way) I would like the headboard and floor mirror to be stained a deep brown/black stain. This color is called Misty Air (OC-44) by Benjamin Moore.
- This is the ceiling and trim paint color, a nice warm cream that will soften up the ceiling angles and warm up the space. Sea Haze (2137-50) by Benjamin Moore.
- I chose to darken up the duvet with a nice chocolate brown organic set with lots of fluffy texture.
- These wall mirrors with java-colored shelves will add some sparkle (especially with a few candles flickering on them) and reflect the warmth of the ceiling. These (I chose them as a pair) will go on the flat wall on either side of the bathroom door, off the foot of the bed.
- I chose black grommet curtains for both windows to add some modern pop and to make sure to block out the view as the neighbor’s house is right out of the window behind their bed! This will also tie into the black desk, gun cabinet, and new brown/black furniture. They will have to be hemmed for the low window.
- To soften up the modern black curtains, I’d choose a double rod and add these graphic (yet rustic-patterned) sheers underneath. Layering always helps finish a room.
- Another great contemporary decor statement would be these block shelves, which come as a set, and will go above the existing desk. The desk will be moved to the left of the bed, on that same wall. The existing photographs and artwork (which is now on the floor and the gun cabinet) will go here, along with some candles or accessories that Tonya already owns.
- These black and white ikat print throw pillows will add more rustic, yet contemporary, charm to their bedroom while coordinating with the other patterns in the room.
- Tonya requested some natural textures and botanical touches, so these willow branches (maybe even 2 or 3 vase-fulls around the room) will add some height and camoflauge in those awkward spaces. So speaking of camoflauge and awkward spaces, the gun cabinet will be pushed away from the corner as far as it can go and turned 90 degrees (with the door facing the room), and the vase of willow branches will be placed in front of the door. Another spot that could use a vase of willow branches is in the opposite end of the “U”. Back there is a built-in countertop, sink and mini-fridge with a mirror above it. However, the slope of the ceiling is so sharp that unless you’re standing right next to the countertop, you can’t even stand in there.
- This is the vase that the willow branches will go in. Self-explanatory, right?
- What do all quiet work desks need? Why a nice little lamp! Again, the desk will be over to the side of the bed!
- This is a black and white woven throw, which would be a nice touch on the green chair and ottoman to make a new little reading nook. The reading nook will be located in the room’s entry, which is where the gun cabinet is located. This will also help to camoflauge the awkward corner that is left right there. (Note – this throw has already sold out!! So I’m substituting this organic version in natural or clay.)
- Tonya and Cody’s bedroom could definitely use a little more storage — so let’s cue the new dresser! The nice thing about this dresser is that it is low enough to fit under the angles of the ceiling, and it also will triple as a media cabinet (to hold her printer) and a changing table (which is what it technically is).
- I thought this console table with storage baskets would be a nice storage piece for right next to the entrance; a spot to drop change or watches, and it could store some books as it is right next to the reading nook.
- All reading nooks need some light, and I loved the shape of this floor lamp. Another piece that would camoflauge the gun cabinet with some height.
- As to not leave the other far wall bare, this black/brown bookcase will be laid horizontally underneath the low window in the room, providing storage and display space.
- This side table will add some more natural texture with its woven base, and a little sparkle with its glass top. These could be used in the reading nook, next to the armchair, or even against the bathroom wall (under the mirrors) off the end of the bed.
And there you have it! Tonya and Cody’s rustic modern bedroom, set in beautiful Wyoming! We can’t wait to see what they come up with!
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