Muted colors and layered elements create a calming oasis in a master bedroom perfect for drifting away.
As a single mom of three renting her home in the suburbs of Philadelphia, interior designer Denise Sabia has to be budget conscious and strategic when it comes to creating a stylish and welcoming space. Luckily, she is also a DIY expert. As founder and owner of The Painted Home, she takes everyday items found in flea markets, in thrift shops, or by the side of the road and transforms them into gorgeously chic pieces.
In her master bedroom, for example, she created this calming private oasis with a little money and a lot of elbow grease. Here are a few of the design lessons we learned from Sabia’s bedroom makeover you can use to create an equally special oasis in your own home.
Use subtle wall colors
“I got really lucky in that [my landlord] painted the house this pale grey,” Sabia says. “I like to do subtle walls because I like my pieces to be the thing that stands out. I’m always finding new things I want to try in a room, so I like the more muted walls.”
One element that pops against the walls is the bed frame, a $20 thrift store find that Sabia transformed from brass to blue with two coats of Rust-Oleum spray paint. (No priming necessary, Sabia says: Just clean it, and let it dry and “cure” for a week.) “I like a room monochromatic to make it soothing, but I still want a lot of interest in it,” Sabia says. “Robin’s egg blue is a favorite of mine, but only as accents. Having it as a three-inch-diameter headboard is awesome. Having it as a whole upholstered headboard or as a wall would be too much.”
Another cool detail in this bedroom: Framing the far window are pipe pieces fashioned as curtain rods, hung with grommet-topped grey panels from HomeGoods. “They don’t physically close, they’re really just accents.”