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Recently our bedroom got a simple refresh thanks to new paint and switching around some furniture. See the before and after pictures and get some ideas for your own small master bedroom here.

Hi friends! My master bedroom refresh is finally 100% finished! I’m not sure why the simplest of makeovers seem to take just as long as the big ones. But it’s done now so that’s all that matters!

If you remember back to a few weeks ago, I shared how I had fallen in love with Benjamin Moore’s Paper White, a really soft dove gray paint color.

One Saturday afternoon, I had the idea to repaint my master bedroom walls and the transformation was so dramatic.

You know when that first wall is covered with paint and you just instantly know the color was meant to be? It’s such a great feeling!

Small master bedroom makeover before and after

We went from having a bedroom that always felt dark and “not us” to a light, bright and cozy small master bedroom that we adore.

For the first time since living in this house, I feel comfortable and at home in our bedroom. Thankfully it wasn’t a bird-brained idea :-)

Small master bedroom makeover with Benjamin Moore Paper White on the walls

The idea for this bedroom was to create a serene space, while also making it feel considerably brighter.

To achieve this, I stuck to a very neutral palette of pale gray and white with touches of taupe.

Why taupe? I had picked up this pretty pillow from Target and loved how it played alongside the white and dove gray, so I knew it had to be the accent color in the room.

Add texture to the bed to bring interest to a small master bedroom

Instead of adding color in to lift the space, I focused heavily on introducing a variety of textures to stop the room from feeling flat and cold.

Benjamin Moore Paper White is the perfect paint color for this small master bedroom makeover

You can see all the different textures from the wood elements (bamboo blinds, wall hanging, picture frames) to the duvet cover, shag rug and even the curtains.

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Rustic touches add warmth and character to this small master bedroom wall
A good idea for a small master bedroom is to add a shag carpet in a neutral color for added texture.
Sheer curtains keep this small master bedroom decor bright and fresh

The curtains are actually my favorite part of the room. I knew exactly what I wanted them to look like before I even found them. It took me a few weeks but finally HomeGoods had the winning pair. Of course, right? They have everything!

Great cozy decor ideas for a small master bedroom like this one that recently got a makeover
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Speaking of HomeGoods, this shelf is also a purchase from there. It’s actually from about 6 years ago and I dug it out of storage when I realized it would be perfect for this bedroom.

BUT, I’ve seen them there a few times this past year so if you like it, keep an eye out for one!

A floating shelf on the wall of this rustic and charming master bedroom makeover

In terms of what’s on the bed, I don’t want to be taking a million things off the bed every night so I have intentionally kept it simple. There’s enough pillows to sit up and read (or watch TV) and then just pretty little gray that sits nicely at the end of the bed.

A simple throw at the end of the bed finishes off the bed decor in this small master bedroom
A cohesive color palette of grays, whites and taupes pulls this small master bedroom together and makes it feel bigger than it is.

In my previous post about this room, I told you that I took the chair from my son’s nursery and put it in here. That corner of the room really needed something since your eye goes there right on entering the room, and I think that chair is perfect.

A neutral chair arrange in the corner of this small master bedroom adds functionality to the space

Unfortunately, the baby is still chairless but we will find him something soon!

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The perfect light gray paint color for a small bedroom is Benjamin Moore Paper White
In a small bedroom don't be afraid to put the nightstands in front of the window if it means a more functional space

I’m also so happy with my new lamps. They are sleek and modern and the bright white textured base contrasts so nicely against the dark wood of the nightstand.

A simple white lamp adorns each nightstand in this small master bedroom makeover
The before and after of this small master bedroom makeover is amazing. The before was so boring and the after is just full of cozy rustic charm!
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So that’s it! I finally have a master bedroom that I enjoy relaxing in; that feels serene and like the retreat that I need after a long day.

I hope some of the ideas I showed here will be of help as you decorate your own small master bedroom.

And remember, just because it’s small doesn’t mean it shouldn’t still be full of character. You might just need to scale down a bit!

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  1. I just saw you used Paper White, I love it!

  2. I love how serene your master looks, do you mind sharing the wall color please.

  3. Hi! The room looks gorgeous! Could you tell me what color/fabric you have on the Pottery Barn headboard and seems to match perfectly with the Wayfair bench.

    1. Hi! It’s the metal gray color! :-)

  4. The paint color is so peaceful. I love all the texture, and I especially love the curtains !! The whole room just looks pretty perfect. Can you tell me where you got the bamboo blinds ? They are just the color that I have been looking for.

    1. Hi Kathy! The blinds are the Levolor “cut to size” variety that they sell at Lowe’s. The color is Tatami, I believe.