We’ve lived in this house for nine years. For nine years, we’ve painted and decorated the kids’ rooms, my office, the kitchen, living room, backyard patio… but the one room that has remained blank and blah: our master bedroom. We had furniture, but the walls remained the same boring beige that they were when we bought the house.
Nine years. It was time.
Thanks to Colorhouse Studio (formerly YOLO paints), we were able to transform our master bedroom from blah to bold. All it took was a can of paint!
Let me warn you: the design you will see here is not for everyone. It’s dark, modern, fun, sassy, bold, and personal all at the same time. It might be too dark for you. That’s okay. It might be too modern for you. That’s also okay. What I hope you are able to take away are little tidbits of inspiration — that you have some sort of “a-ha! I can do that!” moment, but maybe in regards to a different room, different details. Or, maybe this will inspire you to consider a dark wall color for one of your accent walls (dark colors work so well for large rooms and small accent walls alike!).
My husband and I LOVE our finished accent wall in our master bedroom makeover. We’re so excited to share it with you!
I knew I wanted something modern. I’m not at all a frilly lace or vintage or pastel type of gal (and neither is my husband, in case you are wondering).
I knew I wanted to create some sort of design on the wall, because a whole wall of black paint would be just too much for the room, and would be too one-dimensional.
I also knew I wanted the design to have some sort of meaning to me and my husband, to my family.
I took a photo of the space, then drafted a design in Photoshop. It only took about 10 minutes, and I decided that was it. This was our design:
It may just look like a bunch of lines, but what you see in the mock-up above is actually the letter “A” and “M” intertwined — my husband’s and my initials.
After I got the seal of approval from my husband on the design (you know, because he has to live in this room too!), it was time to get to work.
I’m adamant about only using Zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints in our house. With two kids and a dog, it’s important to me that they (and we) are not exposed to toxic fumes and chemical solvents, especially in our bedrooms. VOCs contribute to poor indoor air quality, have measurable negative effects on human health, and they contribute to smog and air pollution. Plus: paints with VOC just stink – literally.
Mercantile Collection by Colorhouse is a newer color collection from a brand that we have trusted for years, starting back when they were YOLO paint. The company is committed to bringing consumers beautiful colors in safer paint, and the Mercantile Collection colors reflect the beautiful and diverse Pacific Northwest landscape and captures the spirit of Portland, Oregon.
We’ve used paint from the company’s other color collections in my office, on our kitchen accent wall, and in my daughter’s room. We have a lot of bright colors throughout the house, but for our room we chose Flint 06: a very dark grey, that almost looks black.
Prepping & Priming
Colorhouse supplied us with a gallon of Mercantile Collection by Colorhouse paint in Flint 06 satin, and a gallon of primer for this master bedroom makeover.
Once the walls were primed, we used our trusty laser level to help guide us in placing the tape to tape off the areas we did not want to paint.
Because Colorhouse paints are Zero VOC, I felt comfortable letting our daughter help us paint on the primer.
Then it was time to add color!
The Final Reveal
At last, the paint was dry, and we removed the tape. I think I stopped breathing until we took all of the tape off.
I couldn’t believe it. We did it. The finished wall looked exactly as I had imagined and perfectly mimicked my Photoshop mock-up.
Here is our “new” modern geometric master bedroom:
Since it’s a large room, having one accent wall in a dark color actually helps make the room feel cozier.
While the room is still a work in progress, I did purchase a few new accessories to help tie everything together with the new wall treatment.
I added these geometric mirrors to help soften the wall and reflect light.
The pillows we already had, purchased over the years. The lumbar pillows below with the cityscape are some of my favorite.
I’m a big fan of mixing DIY artwork with purchased art and decor.
For our master bedroom, I purchased a cute wooden word art sign, and flanked it with two DIY art pieces.
The large photo is a photo I took during our last family vacation in Italy, then sent to Staples to be printed as a 27″ x 36″ photo.
The art to the left is a design I created that says “Love is Everything” and them each family member’s initials above in hearts. I placed it over black textured cardstock and framed it.
I did purchase new curtains to match the geometric black and white theme of the room.
And of course, since this is our master bedroom, what better place to hang photos from our wedding. Who ARE those crazy young kids?? ;)
A new master bedroom at last
There are still so many details I want to add as time and money allow. We need to change out the ugly ceiling fan for a modern fixture. I’d love to add more softer elements to the room, just to soften the modern geometric edges just a bit more. But I’m really happy with how we were able to turn this drab master bedroom into a dramatic, modern, fresh master bedroom with just one coat of paint, a personalized design, and one weekend.
Again, I realize this style isn’t for everybody, but for me? It’s HOME.
Frog painter’s tape
Mercantile Collection by Colorhouse Flint 06
Mercantile Collection by Colorhouse Primer
Black & white pillows pictured here are no longer available, so here are other options:
Black and white photo frames
Black and white geometric curtains (similar)
What about you: what’s the most dramatic transformation you have done in your home?
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