Adding light touches to a cozy bedroom

July 24, 2020

Hello there! I'm back to share our summer master bedroom tour along with a bunch of other bloggers hosted by my friend Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. She has gathered a talented group sharing their beautiful summer bedrooms this week. (See the full list at the bottom of the post!) I'm joining in with Tamara at Citrine Living and Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home today.

Our master bedroom has undergone a bunch of changes since we moved in, and I finally finished up the painting in here a few months ago. The room wasn't completely done then, but after gathering some items from around the house, I'm calling it finished for now. And I'm so thrilled with it!

I choose gray grasscloth on the walls and dark trim underneath, so I thought making this room light and summery would be a challenge. Turns out you can totally have a cozy room and still make it lighter for the summer months!

My first step was to change out the bedding. A few months ago I found this light duvet cover from Target and went from there:

Target casaluna bedding

Confession time -- we rarely make our bed. (If you've been a long time reader you know it's just not our thing.) Half that battle has been all of the euros and decorative pillows I've added in the past. I hate dealing with them anymore!

I decided to do away with most of them and went with just two euros and one throw pillow, along with the bed pillows that we actually use: 
target neutral bedding master
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I like TONS of pillow to sleep with -- I like to be surrounded and cozy. 😂 So we don't have a lot of room for decorative stuff anyway.

I'll link all of the bedding below, so check that out if you're interested!

The lighter bedding made a big difference, but I grabbed a few other items from around the house to lighten things up:
spindle arm chair

We got that geode on a spelunking trip years ago, but it has a lighter feel like a seashell. It's quite beautiful up close -- I love it! 

The green trees outside our windows are the best summer accessory though!: 

spindle arm chair seating area master

The rest of the decor is light and sparse -- I tend to go "lighter" with decor in the summer months anyway. The fall and holidays are my time to add more stuff. :) 

I was going to paint this dresser but decided against it for now. I really love the wood tone against the gray: 
grasscloth wallpaper gray walls

My fiddle leaf loves this room! It's so big I've had to tie the branches together because they spread out so much. Go here to see how to keep your fiddles thriving!

A simple vase with hydrangeas from the garden lighten things up too. I still love the IKEA dressers I made into nightstands. This is such a great way to create tons of good looking storage next to the bed: 
Tarva ikea dresser nightstand

The peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper I added last year adds so much coziness to this space. 

I'm obsessed with wallpaper lately -- I've added it to a few rooms in this house and haven't regretted it one bit:
Light bedding dark walls master

grasscloth walls peel and stick

The first project we tackled in this room was the dark gray ceiling and the wood beams (that aren't really beams). 

The tray ceiling was calling out for something and this upped the cozy factor big time!: 
cozy bedroom light accents

Do you see Colby hiding? :)

I later painted the trim and walls under it in the same color as the ceiling, Westchester Gray by Sherwin-Williams. I was able to go dark with the paint and drapes because we have so many windows in this room: 
master bedroom big windows

There are five windows to be exact. (One is a large picture window.) 

If you've read for awhile you know how much I love symmetry. It makes me happy!: 
symmetrical windows bed

I love the sound of a fan at night, and especially in the summer the breeze is welcomed. You can find options that look good enough to keep out all the time at HomeGoods! That fan is always on the nightstand. 

We use hanging sconces on the wall instead of lamps on nightstands to save space -- and they work way better for reading! 

I love the combo of wood tones, cozy gray paint and lighter accents in this room! I'm a lover of contrast: 
grasscloth peel and stick wallpaper dark trim

painted tray ceiling with wood beams

Check out this post if you're wondering how to decorate around your TV. Adding a few simple frames takes away from the TV as the only focal point: 
tray ceiling with DIY wood beams

Lighter bedding and a few neutral accessories make even a dark and cozy room feel lighter and brighter for the summer months! 

Here's the bedding we used: 
And you can see most of the items in this room below. Just arrow through and click the photo you're interested in:

Be sure to check out the beautiful bedrooms these bloggers have shared this week!:

Monday Lineup - July 20

A Stroll Thru Life11 Magnolia Lane , Remodelando La Casa 
Tuesday Lineup - July 21

Wednesday Lineup - July 22

Thursday Lineup - July 23 

Friday - July 24

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  1. Target is really great place for cool items. Thanks for sharing. I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  2. You have totally changed a builder grade bedroom into something filled with custom luxury. Absolutely amazing. I love that ceiling especially, what a statement. Thanks so much for joining the tour.

  3. Nice duvet cover! What color did you choose? White or natural?

  4. Hi Sarah, I enjoy looking around your blog so much! Thanks for sharing your talents and ideas. Wondering what size the framed art is above the master bed and where you got it or how you made it? Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sarah your bedroom is gorgeous! I love that view and all the beautiful light!

    So fun touring with you. Enjoy the rest of summer!

  6. Your room is sublime!!!! I love everything from to ceiling down Sarah.
    Having some serious ceiling envy... ours is so low. LOL
    Super happy you shared the euro pillow source. I was so drawn to them.

    Happy Summer, Shan

  7. I so need that little pouf ottoman you have in front of the chair in the master bedroom. I took a guess and looked on Target, but didn’t see it there. Please tell me where you got it. Thanks for all your inspiration(s)!

  8. I am a bit behind in my hop visiting but what a gorgeous room! Thank you so very much for sharing. I adore the chambray shams and the amazing chair. Truly lovely!

  9. I am one of those who makes the bed every day. I also got tired of the many decorative pillows and now I just use two decorative pillows in addition to my regular pillows. I did notice Colby! (I have a grandson named Colby!) I had a reading light that clipped onto the headboard but I love the idea of wall sconces and I'm going to go that way (don't know why I never thought of that!) The entire room is gorgeous!


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