One Room Challenge – Week 1 (Before and Inspiration)

The One Room Challenge is here! Each fall and spring, Linda from Calling It Home and House Beautiful host this challenge where twenty fabulous design bloggers share their room transformations over a six week period. Be sure to check out their posts from yesterday here. The featured designer round up is fantastic, as always!

Guest participants are also invited to link up share their room transformations… Even though I feel totally unequipped, I’ve decided to go out on a limb and participate as a guest this year. The worst thing that can happen is that I fail miserably, right? 😉

I decided to do this on a whim, with very little planning, and I had a hard time deciding what room to focus on. Seems like SO many rooms of my house need some TLC, and I have a few projects in the works currently. From the many bare walls we still have, you’d never guess we’ve lived in our house for four years… I’ll get to it all eventually! I guess I have enough unfinished rooms to participate in the One Room Challenge for the next five years. 😉

Why I DIY-Updated Bed

I’m going to tackle our master bedroom. I didn’t hate it before, but I had the urge to paint my wall black a while ago, and that’s about as far as I got with the changes, so it seemed like a good room to transform. I really haven’t done much else to it since we moved in, as you can see in the before pictures.master-orc-001




That pile of clothes in the corner is my “giveaway or sell” pile. Unfortunately, it’s actually grown significantly since I took this picture. I really need to figure out what I’m doing with that… But that’s a whole different topic!

Along with many other photos of black walled bedrooms I mentioned here, I was inspired by the following:

One Room Challenge Master Bedroom Inspiration
Eclectic Black Nursery from Apartment Therapy

This colorful Ikea Rast hack turned out absolutely gorgeous! And since I have all black bedroom furniture currently, I will need to bring in some color to contrast against the black walls. Well, and I just love color.

One Room Challenge Master Inspiration
Ikea Rast Hack by Swoon Worthy
Black Bedroom by Christine Dovey

Those are some of the rooms that inspired me to paint my wall black, but lately I’ve also been loving tropical decor. I know it’s a huge trend currently, but it is also a very close cousin to Hollywood Regency style decorating, which is my absolute favorite, hands down. Check out this gorgeous inspiration!

Tropical Glam Room with Black Wall from Oak Furnitureland Blog

I also love the timeless yet modern contrast of black and white. The shaggy rug, rattan stool, and plant pictured also give this room a bit of a boho feel, which I’ve been gravitating more and more to lately.

Black and White Tropical Glam Inspiration (via Pinterest, Original Source Unknown)

No room in my house would be complete without a little color, so of course I’ll have some fun accents. The palette I always lean most toward is bright jewel tones… Teal, fuchsia, rich yellow, navy, and lately emerald green as well (although I don’t currently have it anywhere in my house).

Colorful Tropical Accessories from Laura Ashley

When I pulled it all together in my head, the my new master bedroom looked something like this. What do you think? Be sure to check back next week to see the room progress!

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  1. I love the idea of a black wall in the bedroom – especially the charcoal-y color in some of your inspiration photos. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    1. Thanks! I’m hoping the end result looks as good in real life as it does in my head! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is an ORC I’m really looking forward to! I felt the same way about tropical – I love it but I know it’s a trend BUT the tie in with regency made me comfortable with throwing some in. Your bedroom is going to turn out amazing and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    1. Thanks! The black wall is painted, and I love it! Now to bring the rest of the room together… 😉

  3. Can’t wait to see this room unfold! I have always had a black room in my house and they always end up being my favorite room!

    1. My sister in law warned me that painting walls black is addicting, and she was so right! I now have the one in my bedroom and one in my office. Adam (my husband) is hoping I don’t paint them ALL black.

    1. Thanks so much! It’s so fun to be doing this ORC with some amazing designers like yourself!

  4. Hey Kristen!

    I’m also working on a master bedroom update for the ORC. And you’re not the only one who has a constant “give away / donate” pile of clothes in the room!

    I’m totally with you in the love of dark moody rooms. I can’t wait to see yours at the end of ORC!

    1. Ooh, fun! I’ll go check it out! And I’m so glad I’m not the only one with an obnoxious giveaway pile in the corner. 😚

  5. That’s going to be gorgeous! Love the contrasting pop of bright colors and all the elements you have selected on your concept board. How exciting!