Yellow, Blue & Grey Bedroom Makeover

I have a fun decorating project

to share with you today. While I was visiting my family in Toronto, my mom expressed her concern for her lack of design and decor in her master bedroom – and believe me, her concern did not fall on deaf ears…the room needed major help (like…MAJOR. Yikes).

The Problem?
We didn’t have enough time to put together a major renovation or design scheme.

The Solution?
A quick colour palette change and some accessorizing (and a new light fixture installation) to help tide my mom over until she is ready for a bigger change.

Here’s a photo of the room BEFORE:

BEFORE: Master bedroom with 30 year old Furniture, "Blah" wall colour, old light fixtures and NO character.


AFTER: Master Bedroom with Furnishings from this Century, Accessories, New Artworks and COLOUR!

And the other side of the room…

BEFORE: Weird Useless Area with oversized furniture, dead space and depressing window coverings.

AFTER: New Sitting Area with bright window treatment, new capiz shell light fixture and a pop of COLOUR.

And there it is… a quick-ish makeover for cheap!

Now, I have to admit that inbetween the BEFORE and AFTER photos, my mom purchased a new bedroom set that I cannot take credit for. Personally, I think the set looks “okay” in the new space, but it wouldn’t be my first choice (I know, I know, I’m sorry mommy, but it’s the truth). I find the furniture to be a little too heavy and the stain is too close to the gorgeous natural wood floors, but, as a professional, I am required to work around these types of issues for clients every day (even if it’s my mom!). Not every project comes with a large budget, and every client has his or her own taste in furnishings – which is great! This is what makes my job so much fun. So…we made the furniture “work” in the space by trying to break up the flooring with some area rugs (which also added some much-needed warmth), and spruced up the dresser, night stands and armoir with fun knobs from Anthropologie. The mirror over the dresser is still hung a little too low for my liking, but at least it’s not part of a matchy-matchy furniture set. *whew*

Here are some more pics of the space. What do you think??

Ok, ok, one more BEFORE & AFTER. Furniture is in the same place, but the room "feels" different, right?

A wider angle of the room as a whole.

I love mixing upholstery in a sitting area - it adds a fun and whimsical twist to a small space.

Here's a fun fact...the yellow abstract painting that made it into the room is one of my personal originals. My proud mom agreed it would work perfectly with the new colour scheme and now it has a proper home (instead of sitting in a closet in the basement).

A glimpse of the updated blue knobs on the furniture.


A spa-like blue feature wall adds a peaceful ambiance to the space, and the bright pops of yellow add a little bit of fun!

Silk ruffled pillows in steel blue and sunshine yellow.

Accent furniture is key in any space - avoid being too "matchy matchy" by including unique items where you may have a furniture set.

Group like accessories together and offset them with a bold work of art to make a pretty vignette.

Personalized accessories make a space feel special. I LOVE this photo of my parents on their wedding day nearly 30 years ago. Too cute.

Pending changes: We have yet to experiment with painting the mirror over the dresser. I think we should use a similar blue as the feature walls (behind the bed and sitting area) to glaze the mirror frame. A soft, semi-opaque brushing of the blue paint will add a pop of colour to the dresser area and help break up the abundance of brown, and also add more harmony to the space by repeating a key colour. What do you think? Is there just TOO much brown? Would a blue frame look better? I have a feeling it would…now to find the time… ;)

I am glad that my parents can now enjoy a space that feels bright and airy, and is more functional (thanks to the new sitting area with accent lighting).


Need a quick and easy bedroom makeover yourself? Feel free to contact me through TLC Design & Decor via my NEWLY revamped website (thank you, Cloud Pressed!) so we can chat. 

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  1. Wow wee! The rooms looks so much fresher! The blue was a great addition. The tuffed, half moon bench was a fab idea to integrate some contemporary flare in the space! Mom must be happy!

    I also LOVE the abstract painting. One of your many hidden talents.

    Krista @

  2. Thanks, Krista :) The room isn’t perfect, but it sure is an improvement! It’s so much brighter now, and the bench is so comfortable and convenient too.
    Thanks for reading!

  3. Love the new room! Blue and yellow…how can you go wrong. I agree that your art looks great in the room, Tania…your Mom and Dad must be really pleased!

    ( I do have to concur that the mirror over dresser could be raised a tich!)

    All in all, this ” rush” job turned out beautifully.

  4. Thank you, Judi! The finishing touches will have to be done later, but for now, this is a big improvement!

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  7. I looove this!! I’m into interior design more like a hobby I got into it (photogrpahy and art also) in 2009. I love hints of modern in a house but like to keep things very traditional I like to offset a traditional look with vintage and modern item.

    Learned a lot just viewing this, the whole idea of offeting items i great and it was great to find out my feature wall in my ivory bedroom (feature wall is an apple white/turquoise) was a good move! thanks for this post :)

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