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Let’s Design a Dark and Moody Master Bedroom: One Room Challenge Week 1

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If you’re anything like me I’d venture to guess that your master bedroom is the last place you bother decorating. I’m a grown-a** woman in my third home and I’ve never done anything beyond the most basic of basics to decorate a master bedroom.

No more!

The One Room Challenge is the absolute best motivation to tackle a nagging space that needs some love and I’m leaning in. Hard. The plan? Design a dark and moody master bedroom that will take us into winter and beyond.

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Speaking of, if you found me via the One Room Challenge link-up, welcome! I’m Brianna, and I write all about making home beautiful. I love sharing how-tos, inspiration, and advice on creating a dream home that works for real life. Currently, I’m working my way through adding my own personal stamp to our builder-basic home with my two kids, two dogs, and a hubby in a pear tree.

As you may or may not know, I looove a moody color scheme. For my first ORC I transformed a never used dining room into a darkly stunning library, and even when I tried to go light and bright for my second round, I ended up with a black accent wall in my artsy graphic home office.

This time will be no different. Let’s get into it.

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The Dark and Moody Inspiration

Every room needs a jumping-off point. A gorgeous rug, a treasured heirloom, a beautiful fabric. This room begins with the art:

Stormy 7x7

I found this unmarked painting in the back of a thrift shop about a year ago. The colors and movement really spoke to me so I snapped it up, knowing I’d find a place for it someday. And that day has arrived! It’s the perfect jumping off point for color and tone.

Admittedly, the composition as a whole was only OK, so I took a high resolution scan and cropped it down to the best piece. I’m working with WhiteWall again to print and frame the art — it’s going to be amazing.

The Color Scheme

Our walls are already in my signature black. So you’d think yay cool. Done!


They are suuuper scuffed. And I’m lazy with a captial L. So I’m thinking to minimize cutting in (at the ceiling at least), I’ll do a cool color block treatment on the bottom two-thirds and maybe layer in a handpainted pattern at the top in a few spots.

Bedding and Curtains

Per usual, I’m a little fuzzy on those details. I tend to work piece by piece and adjust course as I go. What about you?

For this room, I know colors, vibe, and some of the furniture, but the bedding and curtains are TBD. Right now, the curtains are laughable!

I grabbed some too short light blocking curtains on clearance from the Family Dollar out of necessity. They actually aren’t terrible, just too small for the room. And the curtain rod? No, I didn’t hang it crooked — one of the screws is popping out of the wall. Must have missed that stud! Whoops.

In a nutshell, we’ll all be surprised with the curtains! I may design the fabric, I may not. I’m keeping it loose. Same with bedding. As long as it’s squishy and cozy I think it’s a win.


Fun fact: these aren’t the actual before pictures. The bed is new, but I reshot these photos today for a more accurate before and after experience (thanks to Avery for the tip!).

However, the only furniture in here is the bed! I have a random filing cabinet in the corner, but that’s going back where it belongs next week. I’m not planning to go nuts with furniture, but the long wall in front of the bed definitely needs a dresser of some sort. And I’m thinking a full length mirror next to it.

I have a loose plan for a DIY dresser/IKEA hack so I can get exactly what I want without spending thousands. Keep your eye out for that post in a few weeks! I’ll probably break out my sprayer again.

Lighting and Accessories

Our bed has built-in nightstands, which drew us to it in the first place. It’s a big slab of wood though. Huge.

I’m working with my friends at RevealHome again to source the perfect bedside lamps. These sleek marble beauties will be a refreshing counterpoint to all the dark elements.

I should also replace that icky ceiling fan. Whether I’ll have enough time and budget remains to be seen, but fingers tightly crossed…

Getting a rug though? That’s a non-negotiable. There’s a whole lotta wood in here. It needs some breaking up. I’m leaning towards cool tones and nubby texture.

As far as the decor that brings it all together? It will be equal parts beauty and function. Matt’s an avid guitar player and I’d like to incorporate 1 – 3 of his guitars into the decor so he can just grab them off the wall and start playing when the mood strikes. I also plan to add some pops of color with preserved flowers and greenery.

Yes, I basically just admitted I plan to fill this room with dried flowers like an ’80s grandma. It all comes back around, right?

And what you’ve all been waiting for… the mood board!


That’s all for this week, folks. Be sure to head over to the ORC link-up to check out all the other amazing participants, check in every Thursday for progress updates, and get excited for the big reveal on November 7!

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  1. Love the inspo painting! Just signed up for your art downloads, I have been looking for some new art for a couple places, can’t wait to see!
    Great mood board!!

    1. That’s so awesome Suzannah, thanks for signing up! Send me an email if you ever have any requests for what you’d like to see available next 🙂

  2. Brianna, your library reveal is incredible! Excited to follow along this round! I’ve been wanting to color block my son’s room so hoping you share tips. This is my first ORC and I’m doing my guest room–so excited!

    1. Thanks so much Caitlin! Funny story, my sister is also Caitlin Marie and when I saw your comment I was like, wait, when did my sister launch a design website??

      I love love love where your design is headed. I can’t wait to follow along! I plan to do a whole post about how to color block in a couple of weeks 😀

  3. Ekkk! 1. I also have a black bedroom 2. I also just hung some blue curtains that were too short and the rod was crooked, but because I don’t want the neighborhood to see me undressing so it’s what I am dealing with for now!! So feel ya there! 3. I just replaced my ceiling fan in our bedroom and I looove it! Here’s the link it’s affordable and beautiful

    Good luck on your room, from One Room Challenge participant to another!

    1. Ha, we’re soul sisters! That fan is on point — love it! I’m headed to Home Depot this weekend for paint so I’ll have to check that fan out — thanks for the tip.

      I’m excited to see how your entryway shapes up!

  4. I can’t wait to see what you do with this space! I’m doing my master bedroom for the ORC too, my first time participating! Love the painting, and your beautiful floors!!

    1. I love your plans and am blown away by how organized you are! I’m very fly by the seat of my pants, ha.

      And thanks 🙂

  5. Can’t wait to see the “after.” The bed is great – can I ask where you got it? We have minimal space on the sides of our bed and can’t make nightstands work so have been looking for something like this. Thanks!

  6. This is going to be great! I am definitely like you – haven’t touched our master, ever.. except to change the flooring when the carpets got nasty. I am tackling our master for this round as well! I am really excited to follow along with everyone’s transformations!

    1. Yay, I can’t wait to see what you do! We deserve this 😀

  7. Your room is going to be beautiful! I love the moodiness and all of the texture you’re using. Can’t wait to see this come together!

    1. Thanks Nicole! I’m already looking forward to the finish line when I can collapse into bed LOL

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