Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates

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Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

Last week I shared my 2024 renovation goals and alluded to the updates I’ve been making in our primary bedroom suite. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know all about them. But just in case, I wanted to share a post that recaps all of the updates I’ve made and why. Grab a coffee cuz this is a lengthy one!

The Latest Decor Updates In Our Primary Bedroom: What’s Changed & Why

A New Paint Color

The first thing you’ll notice is that our walls are a totally different paint color. After being sick all last winter and spending way too much time in the bedroom, I grew sick of the previous green shade. Also, as we lived with it more and more, it felt like it was limiting my decor choices. Part of why the room has been unfinished for 3+ years is because I never loved any of the decor I put against that shade of green. Here’s a refresher of what it used to look like:

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So I decided to repaint! I had a few criteria for choosing the new hue: I wanted something dark, a shade that fits into my personal fave color palette, and that would pair well with decor we already have. When it comes to colors, I have always gravitated towards what I like to refer to as “baby poo poo caca colors.” You know the ones: muddy mustards, rich ochres, dirty olive greens, drab browns. YUM.

I couldn’t find a shade that I truly loved on the market, so my good friends over at Dunn-Edwards DURA helped me create a custom color! And I even got to name it. Meet Big Moss Energy, the most perfect yellowy-olivey-brown paint color that definitely shifts from day to night… and I love every single variation of it!

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

I know this color isn’t for everyone, but it has completely transformed my approach to the primary bedroom decor. To me, it reads as more of a neutral color and everything I put against it pops so much more. Also, the sheen of the fresh paint is matte which gives the walls a soft, velvety finish that I absolutely adore.

I really want to color drench the room by painting the ceiling the same color, but Sean is adamant that he wants to keep the white ceiling. So for now, it stays.

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

A New Bed

The other big addition to the space is our new Cloud Bed from Sundays! Previously, we only had a basic bed base and no headboard. Well, scratch that… I did attempt to DIY my own headboard and immediately hated what I’d made! It’s still in the garage, fully intact, and every time I see it, I grimace.

Now we’ve got a cozy bed thats upholstered in super-soft bouclé. I love how it pops against the Big Moss Energy walls. Plus the texture is very Scandinavian cabin, don’t you think? Having a real bed feels so much more grown up. And trust me, it was not easy to find the perfect bed for this space! The layout of the windows has proven to be really challenging, especially for the height of our headboard.

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

Mid-weight Curtains Instead of Shades

Speaking of the awkward windows, I updated our window treatments. Before we had really lovely Roman shades, but we were always frustrated by how much light they blocked. The windows are already so small that having 5-6″ of gathered fabric at the top wasn’t ideal. I also wanted to switch to curtains because my hope is that they’d make the room feel taller by drawing the eye up.

I wavered on the color and material for the new curtains for quite some time. Did I want velvet? Linen? A pattern? In the end, I kept it really simple and chose these natural-colored linen curtains. They have a mid-weight liner so they aren’t fully sheer and still have a nice drape. Blackout curtains are usually my preferred choice, but I really wanted to have curtains that softly draped and felt floaty. I’m super happy with the new curtains and what they bring to the space.

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

A New Rug

To lighten and brighten things up, I also bought a new rug (not to worry, the previous rug has been moved to our guest room!). This simple textured cream rug is shockingly affordable and pairs beautifully with the cream upholstered bed, don’t you think? I also chose a bigger size so that when we got out of bed, our feet were on something soft and cushy. The size we have now is 10×10. It’s a little close to the propane stove, but that’s something we’re ok with if it means having a cozy place to put your feet in the morning.

New Nightstands

I loved our previous nightstands in our old house, but in this room they just weren’t right. They were way too wide and too dark of a finish. So, again, we chose something new for the space! Because so much of the room is light, bright and neutral (aside from the walls), I wanted something darker, but not too dark. I also wanted to incorporate a rattan texture and a bit more visual interest to anchor the bed.

These nightstands really transformed the look and I love what they bring to the space. I’m kind of obsessed with anything circular, so automatically I loved them. Plus the texture is great. My only complaint is that the doors aren’t reversible, so on Sean’s side they hinge the same way mine does. Kinda weird.

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

A Different Chair

My whole vibe for our primary bedroom suite is to incorporate all of my most favorite things into one room so that it becomes the ultimate sanctuary for us. Which is part of why I moved my beloved lounge chair into this room. The other reason is because the dogs were really starting to put some wear and tear on it and I wasn’t ok with that!

I’m so happy that the chair and ottoman are in the bedroom now. The lowness of it helps to make the ceiling feel taller, too. And I added a thrifted sheepskin to make it even cozier.

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

Freshened Up Styling

My naked lady painting will always be in any bedroom I have. She’s one of my most cherished pieces and I just love her too much to put her anywhere else. I also happen to love her placement on the top of my vintage cabinet (another favorite piece), but it’s made styling the top a bit challenging. For now, I’m keeping it simple with a squat gold lamp.

I also spent some time re-styling the shelves by the water heater closet. These shelves have always been a bit of an afterthought because it’s a weird corner. I decided to do my best and style them with special items like my dried wedding bouquet, a wedding photo, and some other small decor pieces that just felt right against the Big Moss Energy. I kept the palette pretty tight with creamy neutrals and rich wood tones.

I also added a mirrored tray to gather all of my perfumes on. I love wearing perfume and have quite the collection, so it feels great to finally have a dedicated spot for them. Also, they are next to the new standing mirror so it feels like a natural reminder to put on a perfume as an outfit’s finishing touch.

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

What’s Next To Be Done In Our Primary Bedroom

A project is never truly finished! Here’s what else I have left to do to make this space feel more complete:

Outlet covers and switch plates

I have this wild idea of using gold-tone Rub n Buff on our cheap plastic covers so that they feel a bit more upscale. I have no idea if it will even work, so I’ve been putting off the DIY project… as I tend to do. My other option is to paint them the same as the wall color. But then what about the switches and outlets? Do those get painted, too? The idea of that gives me landlord special vibes so I’m not sure. The white switches and outlets feel so stark — and don’t forget, we have 27 of them!

Art

This has been the topic of HOURS of back and forth in my brain. Should I hang art over the bed to try to balance the window? Should it be a gallery wall or small grouping? Should I try to do a small, tiny piece of art in an ‘artistically awkward’ spot that still feels intentional but quirky? Or no art above the bed? Should there be art over the propane stove with the chair? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

Closet Doors

The closet doors are yet another design conundrum that I have not quite sorted out. The opening is really wide, so we definitely have options… but I don’t love any of them for various reasons:

Sliding closet doors: these would be the most straightforward solution. But I also hate that sliding doors would cover part of the closet when one is open. To me, that feels like a big issue. I just like having access to the entire closet all at once. When we first moved in, the doors were sliders that were also mirrors and they were terrible. Also if we went this route, we’d need to get rid of our dresser and do something else for drawers so that they’d actually be able to open. That’s not in the budget!

Curtains: We could do curtains again, but then I’d need at least 6-8 panels to cover the expanse of the opening. I’d sew the panels together with my nonexistent sewing skills to make it easier to part the curtains. But then I have to factor in the cost of all those curtain panels, EEK.

Also for the curtains, I have a track installed already at the top so they slide easily. But these particular curtains don’t look good with the track because they aren’t lined and as stiff as the previous ones. So they just flop over and it looks terrible. One solution I’ve considered is putting a small header at the top of the opening to conceal the track and painting it the wall color so it looks seamless.

Bifold doors: I will never ever put bifold doors in my house unless I absolutely have to. I think bifold doors are the devil’s work and nothing anyone says will convince me otherwise.

For now, we have the old lined curtains in place because it’s been than seeing all of our crap in the closet from bed. I really want to get the closet opening sorted though because it is such a big part of the space for it to be left feeling so unfinished.

Our Latest Primary Bedroom Decor Updates: khaki paint color wall color, board and batten walls, moody bedroom decor, linen bedding, neutral bedroom design

Lighting

The last decor choice that I’m mulling over for this room is lighting. The minimal overhead lights are great given how low our ceilings are in here, but they definitely have ‘beam me up Scotty’ vibes. I want the lighting to feel softer and more ambient, so I added a table lamp to the top of my vintage wooden cabinet. But don’t you think it would be nice to have a sconce of some sort around the lounge chair?

I also got us new bedside lamps, but forget to get the lightbulbs while I was at Ikea and cannot find any that fit online… which means we haven’t actually been using them. So I don’t even know what they add to the overall lighting scheme in the space. Not helpful!

So that’s the latest and greatest for our primary bedroom suite! If you’ve made it this far in the post, you deserve a snack so go get one and then come back and tell me what to do about my closet doors please and thank you!

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4 Comments

  1. 1.25.24
    Laura U said:

    I love all these changes. It looks bright, airy and cozy. I like the idea of doing lighting or figuring out art next.

  2. 1.25.24
    KL said:

    I’d love to see a single big piece of art over your bed — which can be expensive, of course, but maybe a photographic print? The paneling lines make me think that a gallery wall would be too busy.

    • 1.25.24
      Joanna said:

      You make a great point! I’ve been considering a short but wide dimensioned piece so it isn’t too similar to the windows.