April 7, 2016  

Navy Drama Bedroom Makeover Plan {One Room Challenge-Week One}

You guys, the last couple weeks have been a true exercise in patience for me. I’ve been anxiously awaiting for today because it’s the kick-off to a decorating challenge I’m so excited about–the One Room Challenge.

The One Room Challenge is a biannual event hosted by Calling It Home, and tons of bloggers take the challenge of making over an entire room in just FIVE short weeks. You can bet that as soon as I’m done with work today, I’ll be headed straight home to begin painting!

ORC Guest BlueI participated in the One Room Challenge for the first time last fall and transformed an ugly, purposeless room in our basement into my fabulous, jewel-tone craft studio. Check out the before and afters here.

It was so much fun to follow the progress of the other bloggers participating, because we each post a room update every week, with a final room reveal at the end. It also motivated me to focus on one room rather than bouncing around from project to project all over the house, which is something I’m usually guilty of.

I’ve been plotting my second foray into the One Room Challenge for a couple months now, and I asked my VIP readers to vote on which room I should tackle this time around (if you’re feeling left out and want to be a VIP, you can sign up here). All the rooms got plenty of votes, but our master bedroom was the winner! Keep reading to see my plans for this navy room makeover.

I haven’t done anything to decorate our bedroom since we moved into this house, so I’m pretty much starting with a clean canvas. The walls are a boring tan color, the furniture is odds and ends we’ve accumulated over time and I’m eager to update our bedding to something new. Here’s what the room looks like right now:

This is the Before, go check out the After of this navy room makeover for the One Room Challenge.

I have been planning as much as I could in preparation for a whirlwind five-week makeover. I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest, combing through inspiration and project tutorials, and honing in on my decorating vision for this room. (If you want to learn more about how I use Pinterest to effectively plan a room makeover, I spilled all my tricks in this blog post.)

After a lot of debate and indecisiveness, I decided to push myself a bit out of my comfort zone and go with super dark walls. They’re still blue, which is my go-to color, but they are definitely dramatic. I’ve been seeing so many amazing rooms with dark walls lately and I’m eager to try it out.

Whenever I’m planning a room makeover, I always start by narrowing down my Pinterest inspiration and designing a mood board for the room. A mood board really helps me fine-tune my vision, and it serves as a litmus test for all of my decorating decisions moving forward.

I tend to change my mind a lot, so I print out my mood board and take it shopping with me so I can quickly remind myself of what direction I’m headed. This helps me avoid purchasing random decor that I really like but that doesn’t fit in with my plans.

Side Note: I’m working on an entire blog post that shows you step-by-step how I design my mood boards, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter to be sure you don’t miss it.

Here’s my final mood board for this navy room makeover:

Great inspiration for a navy room makeover.
Mood Board Image Sources: 1 West Elm | 2 The Grace House | 3 Jenna Sue Design | 4 House Beautiful | 5 This That And Life | 6 Stylizimo | 7 Valspar Night Swim | 8 Earnest Home Co. | 9 Lilikoi Joy | 10 Pretty Practical Home | 11 Birch Lane

As you can see, I’m going for deep blue, dramatic walls paired with a lot of white bedding and accessories. There will certainly be some color, but not a ton. I am thinking a lot about ways I can add in a mix of textures to really add interest and give the room a cozy feel. I’ve already purchased the paint, which is Valspar’s “Night Swim” color (shown in the center of my mood board).

Things On My To-Do List:

  • Paint the walls a deep navy
  • Hang curtains
  • Purchase white bedding
  • Organize our closet
  • Paint at least one dresser, maybe both
  • DIY a headboard
  • Upgrade the light fixture
  • Find a nightstand to replace the cheap shelf in the corner

I’m so excited to see how this room progresses over the next five weeks. Even though I’m starting with a pretty solid plan, I know I won’t likely stick to it 100%. Decorating is a process and I find that a room really evolves as you’re working on it, so I try to be mindful of my decorating vision while also still open to changing out details based on what feels right as things start coming together.

What do you think of my choice to go with super dark walls? Are you a fan of white bedding? Leave me a comment with your ideas for this room!

> > Now, go check out what all of the other bloggers have planned for their room makeovers. I look forward to following everyone’s progress over the next few weeks.

Have a wonderful day!


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  1. Your mood board looks great, and navy is such a dramatic choice. I think you’ll really love it, especially if you add in some natural texture like I see on your board. Good luck and I’m excited to see how it turns out!

  2. Eeeek! I am so absolutely excited to follow you through this! You’ve even got me thinking that I should join the next One Room Challenge event. And I LOVE your direction for your bedroom. So chic and cool and modern and fresh and #allthehearteyes.

    1. Thank you, Allie! I’m so excited to get started! The next challenge will be in the fall and you should totally join in. It’s great motivation and so fun to follow along with the others’ makeovers.

    1. Thank you, Deb! I was a bit nervous about going so dark, but tested the navy on the wall last night and am now super excited!

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