Small Bedroom Big Style

One of the biggest rules I break in traditional decorating is the one that says you shouldn't paint a small room dark because it will make it feel smaller. While this can be true, there is nothing that says you shouldn't break the rules if you love it. 

Small bedroom big style - who says you can't paint a small bedroom dark!

Because my house is so small and there aren't a lot of place to go escape, I wanted to create a space that felt like a retreat. Scroll down the before pictures below and get a little insight into my plan. Then, keep scrolling to read my reason behind the design and how it all turned out.

Before Pictures + The Plan

Before picture of this cute bedroom makeover.

The Plan: Paint the entire room dark gray. Build a living wall next to the hat rack out of reclaimed fence boards.

Before picture of this cute boho bedroom makeover!

The Plan: Find a mirror for above the dresser and accessorize. Paint the diffuser gold.

Before picture of this cute boho bedroom makeover.

The Plan: Replace this thin trim to match the big window as close as possible since that trim is original to the house.

Before picture of this cute boho bedroom makeover.

The Plan: Build a floating shelf above the bed out of reclaimed fence boards. In the future, replace it with a giant tufted headboard.

Before picture of this cute boho bedroom makeover in this little old house.

The Plan: Repaint all of the trim and doors with a fresh coat of bright white paint. Patch the big hole in the wall where an old security system panel was mounted.

Before picture of this cute boho bedroom in a small old house.

The Plan: Replace the lamps with my old desk lamps and spray paint them gold.

Before picture of this filing cabinet turned nightstand. It turned out really cute.

The Plan: Spray paint the hardware on the filing cabinet nightstands gold.

The Results

Small bedroom big style. Great before and after pictures of this small bedroom. I love the dark colors.

Even though the walls are dark, the three windows let in a lot of light. The contrast of the dark walls with the saltillo tile, gold accents, and lighter wood really makes everything just pop!

DIY living wall. I love how the plants make this small bedroom feel so relaxing.

I made the living wall out of reclaimed fence boards in an afternoon. 

The living wall and hat rack were made out of reclaimed fence boards. This bedroom is so cool!

The living wall and rustic hat rack help give the room a nod to nature. Adding natural elements make the room feel relaxing.

Small bedroom big style. I love this bedroom's boho feel. Before and after pictures.

The mirror and candlesticks are thrifted. I spray painted the Young Living diffuser metallic gold. The ladder and blanket were both gifts.

Small bedroom big style. This is a DIY floating shelf made out of reclaimed fence boards. Before and after pictures.

Here you can see the new window trim. The style now matches the original trim on the big window. 

Small bedroom big style. Before and after pictures of this boho bedroom makeover.

Fresh white paint on all of the trim and doors makes everything clean and fresh.

She spray painted her lamps and hardware gold. It looks so great with the dark gray walls.

The lamps used to be in the office of my big house. I repurposed them here and spray painted them metallic gold.

Small bedroom big style. She painted her pulls, lamps and hooks all gold. Before and after pictures.

Filing cabinets make fantastic nightstands. They are the perfect height and deeper than a traditional nightstand so they hold twice as much. The hardware was spray painted metallic gold. 

Final Touches

DIY Floating shelf made out of reclaimed fence boards. Small bedroom big style.

Brass accents contrast nicely with the dark gray walls. The plant pot and candlesticks were thrifted. The wine barrel candle holder was a gift and the iron garden decor came out of my old house.

Rustic hatrack in this small bedroom made out of reclaimed fence boards.

You can find all of the details on how to make the rustic hat rack here

Small bedroom big style. I love all the brass against the dark gray walls.

I have had so much fun collecting the brass candlesticks. I think the mother of pearl set is my favorite! What part of my small bedroom, big style makeover do you like the best?

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