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How to Remodel a Bedroom

Today I spent some time planning the remodel of one of our bedrooms. I absolutely love these projects and can’t wait to share How to Remodel a Bedroom with you.

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I am preparing to remodel a bedroom in our home and I thought it would be helpful to share tips on how to remodel a bedroom.

I have remodeled six bedrooms in the last few years. 

Two are master bedrooms and the other four are king and double queen bedrooms.

This is our master bedroom in our home in California. It looks a bit colorless in this photo but I add color to the room every season.

Master-Bedroom

This is the master bedroom I designed in our home in Waco. It’s my favorite of the two. I added the bedroom to the back of the house and I love how it came out.

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Here are the other two bedrooms I remodeled in our home in California. They are our boy’s bedrooms with two queens and one king.

I love the beds in this room.

Badroom Makeover.

I loved adding the board and batten on the walls of this bedroom!

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In our Waco home, I remodeled two bedrooms. Both have queen beds.

We call this room the BB and B bedroom since everything here is from Bed Bath and Beyond.

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Bedroom Decor Remodel

There certainly is a lot of similarities when I look at these six bedrooms. I think it’s important to note that I like the one that has the most color the best. Hmmm.

Where Do You Start to Remodel a Bedroom?

Planning is the most important step in any remodel. It will likely save you money and hopefully lead to fewer changes down the road. But before you can make any plans, you need to understand why you are remodeling.

Ask Yourself Questions

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  • Why are you remodeling? Is it so the room will fit your needs better or are you changing the interior design?
  • What don’t you like about the room in its current state?
  • Can you do the remodel yourself or do you need help?
  • What is the room used for? Is it primarily sleeping? Do you need to make any changes to sleep better? What about reading or watching the tv? Is there a desk and do you ever work in the room? All of these questions will help you plan to make the room perfect for your needs.
  • Of course the final and probably most important question is what is your budget? Bedroom remodels can cost between $1000 and $15000 (or more). Try to set a realistic budget and manage the budget with realistic costs.

What Style do You Want the Room to Be?

Do you want traditional, farmhouse, boho, modern, or something else?

I always like to start with a mood board. It helps me narrow down the look and I tend to use a lot of vintage pieces. The mood board helps me to visually see what the room might look like.

Master Bedroom Bedding

Once you know the style, you need to decide if there are ways to make minor changes to your room that will help add to your style.

I built a frame for our TV in the master bedroom a few years ago to create more of a look of art for our TV. It was very inexpensive to make.

How To Build a Frame for Your TV

Starting the Remodel

Organizing

Every remodel starts with some organization. What that means is you need to go through everything in your current bedroom and toss (giveaway) or keep.  Gooing through your closet might be a good idea too.

Making Style Decisions

Draw a Floorplan

Remodeling Plans

I highly suggest you draw a floor plan and layout the furniture to make sure everything you have planned will fit comfortably in the room. I have used a few online free planners such as Plan Your Room. I love the free app MagicPlan for iOS and for Android that lets users create floor plans based on their photos. According to the product description, there is “no need to measure or draw.” So it’s a good option for those of us who have minimal experience creating floor plans! While not as detailed in terms of interiors as other apps, it is highly effective for quickly planning layouts.

Choosing Furnishings

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It’s time to make decisions about paint color, lighting, window treatments, bedding, art, and furniture. 

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I love using light neutral paint colors in our home but I think bedrooms are a fun place to experiment with color.

Light Fixture for a Bedroom

Lighting can be as simple as replacing a ceiling light or as complex as adding recessed lighting. Just make sure you have light where you need it. Especially for reading.

Drapes in a Bedroom

Window Treatments pull the room together and can be as simple or fancy as you want. I love using canvas pull drapes and have used ones from Bed Bath and Beyond and Ikea in our Waco home. Blackout drapes are also a consideration.

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Bedding is really important in a bedroom. We like a duvet and down comforter with another blanket in case it’s really cold. In the summertime, we often store the down comforter and just use a light coverlet. Keep in mind your sleeping habits when you select bedding for your bedroom.

Bedroom Art

Art is really important in a room as it pulls everything together. It doesn’t need to be expensive as prints, canvas reprints, and some original art can be fairly inexpensive. Just be sure to add some art to the room. I really think that it can. make a huge difference.

Bedroom Decor Remodel

Furniture is always a big decision. As I mentioned, I love to combine new and vintage pieces of furniture in every room. Selecting a mattress is one of the hardest decisions to make. I encourage you to try it out if you can, just to make sure you like your new mattress.

Here are a few before and after photos from my bedroom remodeling projects.

Before:

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After:

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Before:

Boys Bedroom Before

After:

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I need to get started planning my next remodel.

I am so excited!

9 Responses

  1. Leslie – I love the “relax” pillows! Where did you get them? Or did you make them? Appreciate the step by step process and “questions to ask yourself” before remodeling bedroom. Very helpful! Always love the “before & after” pics!
    Thanks! Stacy

    1. HI Stacy! Those pillows are linked under my shop my home tab for the Waco house! So glad you enjoyed seeing this process out 🙂

  2. Love the looks of everything. Starting my rework of a 100 year old home on Martha’s Vineyard, what is your best source for tile? I am starting with bathrooms.

    1. Hi Brook! That is so amazing, and how exciting! If you go to the shop my home tab, you will find the tiles I use linked in each bathroom. I hope that is helpful!

  3. This is all so beautiful! What is the color of the bedroom walls ( the one looking through the lovely blue bathroom ) ?
    Thank you !

  4. What beautiful rooms! We are planning a remodel of our master. Could you give any suggestions on how to put together a mood board? Are there any “how to” resources that you would recommend? Thanks!

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