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Sophisticated – CHIC Bedroom Makeover with Black Painted Walls

Sophisticated – CHIC Bedroom Makeover with Black Painted Walls


Before I begin, I would like to say "Thanks" to all of my readers (old and new) for taking the time out to visit my blog. I appreciate you guys so much!!! I would also like to give a super huge shout out to Apartment Therapy for featuring my bedroom's "Before & After" on their website. Whoooo Hoooooo  :)

Now, the blogging shall commence...

I have lived in my current home for almost 7 years. When I 1st moved in, I renovated almost every room in the house EXCEPT for my bedroom. The only thing that I did to that room was add new carpeting and windows, but it wasn’t enough to make me happy. For years I have wanted to buy new furniture and redesign the bedroom to be exactly what I wanted it to be, but I just never got around to it. Finally a few months ago, I just said “Screw it! I need my bedroom to be my sanctuary. This redesign needs to happen ASAP!” »»»»SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG«««« [mc4wp_form]

Below is what my bedroom looked like before I started the makeover process. I had that bedroom furniture set for almost 10 years and I couldn't have been more happy to get rid of it! This room was "ok", but it just wasn't my style anymore. :(

BEFORE - bedroom 2014

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to design the room and the 1st item on the to-do-list was to get rid of that ugly carpet. The carpeting was pulled up and replaced with laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators. Installing the laminate flooring actually makes the room feel much larger than what it really is. As for the color scheme…well, I decided to be a little edgy and paint the walls black. Yup, I said BLACK!!! Everybody that I mention this to was a nay-sayer and non-believer. They all said that the black would be too dark for a bedroom.  Oh boy, were they wrong!

{SIDE NOTE: Some people are afraid of color. All I can say is don’t be. Color is a way to express one’s personality and it makes a space feel cozy & inviting. Be bold! Try new things. Heck, it’s only paint. If once the paint is up and you don’t like…then it’ll only cost you 20 bucks and a few hours to change it.}

To ensure that the black didn’t overpower the bedroom, I kept all of the furniture light & neutral and I added subtle bright pops of mustard yellow and pink with accents of gold. To break up some of the black, I chose to do an accent wall in the sitting area. I used a large ribbon stencil with a metallic gold finish. The black, pink and gold combos just scream Girly Chic to me. I love it!

Designing this space was really very easy because I was my own client. Considering this, I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it to be. The only person that I had to worry about pleasing was ME. Even though I knew what I wanted, redesigning an entire space can be a bit overwhelming at times. Now I know how my clients feel when they start to freak out and complain about going over budget. I literally had to purchase brand new everything, including flooring, window treatments, bed, mattress, dressers, etc. The task of furniture shopping for myself was fun, BUT kind of annoying at the same time, because I have “Champagne taste on a beer budget”! LBVS. Almost everything that I wanted was way too expensive, so I had to give myself a reality check and figure out a way to get the look that I wanted for less money. One way that I accomplished this was with the purchase of my dresser set. I wanted a sleek,  mid-century modern feel for my dressers, but all the pieces that I saw were very pricey (upwards of $500+ each). So I decided to browse the thrift stores to see if I could find something comparable. And VIOLA! I definitely did. I found a dresser set for under $100 and I painted them to look like the high-priced furniture pieces that were out of my budget. To find out more about that DIY project and see the before and after pics, you can check out my previous blog post entitled, “DIY Painted, Mid Century Modern Dresser.”  I also saved money on the sofa, which was purchased on clearance from Darvin Furniture. I usually try to shop with coupons and during sales events. One great thing about being a designer is that most stores offer Trade Discounts, which turn out to be a huge savings most times. My biggest splurge and most favorite item in the room was the 68” tufted upholstered platform bed from Restoration Hardware.

The layout for the bedroom is now multi-functional. It’s not just a “bedroom”. It is now my getaway…my chill spot…my Oasis! There are 3 designated areas:

1. The desk area – This is an area where I can work on my computer, etc. The desk chosen is a narrow design made up of metal & glass. The fact that the desk is glass gives the illusion that there is really nothing in the space. So even though there is a piece of furniture there, the space still looks light & airy and not cluttered. 2. The bed area – This tall tufted headboard is the focal point of the bedroom. 3. The TV sitting area

I swear I love this space so much that I have been neglecting the others parts of the house because I never want to leave the bedroom. It has everything that I need in there.

Ok, well, I guess I’ll stop talking about and just let you see the pics. ENJOY!!!!!

The pic below is after the carpet was pulled up. Also, I had some insulation put in the walls, which is why you see some of the drywall cut out. There was hardwood flooring underneath the carpet, but it was too damaged to even bother trying to refinish and repair it. So I just had the laminate installed on top of it.

bedroom during construction

After painting and flooring installation. The paint used is Behr Premium Plus Ultra, "Black Suede" S-H-790 in a flat enamel finish.



before 2

I had to paint the stencils on the accent wall AND paint the metal shelving too.



accent wall and shelf

And once I sprinkled my designer-fairy-dust-magic...this is what happened:

FEATURE bedroom on MAIN bedrom on mid century modern dressers on dresser 1 on acessorized dresser on desk 1 on desk on Sitting room on Sitting room 2 on gold shelf on gold vase on shelf on gold hexagon table on pink pillow on ottoman on pink threshold ottoman on pink tufted ottomans on pink chair on gold mirror on pillows on accessories 2 acessories on jewelry on camera on ME accessorizing on Astral at desk on

Let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading!


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Jan 20, 2017

Such a great glam space! Love the colors against the black.

Jan 20, 2017

This room is STUNNING!! Well done! :)

Sarah @ 702 Park Project
Jan 20, 2017

Your room looks fab. I’m on the hunt for a sofa. Where did you get your sofa from?

Jan 20, 2017


you did an awesome job!

texture , metals, color and design !!!!

Jan 20, 2017

Fan-friggin-tastic! You really put in the work on this one!

Yetunde T. Rodriguez
Jan 20, 2017

Love it!

Jan 20, 2017

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I need you to come to my bedroom to sprinkle some fairy dust in it. The rest of my house is great, but my bedroom and guest bedroom could use love!

Rita Marie
Jan 20, 2017

Wow!!!!!! It does not look like the same room. Very elegant. A true lesson in stepping out of the safe color box.

Jan 20, 2017

Came over from Apartment Therapy, amazing transformation, beautifully done!

Louise from
Jan 20, 2017

This is stunning – I love the dark walls and the amazing colors you used! Great job! :)


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