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Dramatic Blue Bedroom Redo | Apartment Therapy


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Blue color can make a room seem ethereal, as if it were floating between the clouds. But some blues feel more like “baby announcement” than “adult retreat”.

When Lindsey Mahoney of Building Bluebird moved into her house a year and a half ago, she felt the blues in her bedroom. The baby blue walls were washed out and more, and the original blue carpets from 1969 certainly didn’t help them – one of the first things in the apartment.

“Before we moved into our furniture, we decided to replace the carpet with a neutral gray,” says Lindsey. “Then we moved into all of the furniture we’ve had for over 10 years and haven’t touched it until this revision.”

While the rest of her home received an update in the 1960s, her bedroom was left untouched, Lindsey says. “We still had nails in the walls from the previous owners! We’d been so focused on other areas of the house that we completely neglected our bedroom. It felt boring, uninspiring, and very disorganized. “

She wanted a place where she could really relax and recharge at the end of the day, especially after spending so much time at home this year because of the pandemic. So she and her husband decided to make a change for the One Room Challenge.

Lindsey began painting the walls a dusty gray-blue (Sherwin-Williams’ Outerspace), a color she describes as “the perfect deep blue for our bedroom.” The bedroom immediately felt more mature (and luxurious). Lindsey even included her closet doors in the paint job, which makes the space feel more cohesive.

Lindsey also took advantage of a smart IKEA hack to freshen up her existing HEMNES dresser. For the new look, she framed all the drawer fronts with molded parts and painted the entire assembly light gray.

A new wooden bed frame with an elegant mid-century feel, matching dark wood bedside tables, and a row of stools at the end of the bed complete the rest of the furniture. Lindsey also traded in new table lamps, art, and a new mirror.

The new space has a sophisticated feel to it but is still more welcoming and relaxing place. “Our bedroom feels like a hip boutique hotel room and it’s my favorite hang-out spot,” says Lindsey.

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