Our Wood, White and Gray Bedroom

master bedroom


It’s been nine months since we bought this house and why do I always forget to care about our bedroom when we move to a new place? A few weeks ago we finally put a little paint on just one wall and it has made the biggest difference. I’m always surprised at how much paint can change a space, even though I’ve seen it first hand lots of times. The power of paint never disappoints.

master bedroom when we movedwhen we moved in

master bedroomnow

bedroom beforebefore

We lived in this house waaaay too long with one drape on the windows. One drape, hung too low.

I kind of hated being in our bedroom but there were and are so many walls and floors and corners that needed our attention in this house. Sometimes I just get overwhelmed and wanted to turn off the lights and go to bed.

Then Sherwin-Williams asked if I’d be willing to try out their HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams paint line and I said yes because I knew that would be the Lovely Limitation, the kick in the pants that I needed to do SOMETHING with this room so I could start liking it and stop closing the door and turning off the lights all the time.

dark grey master bedroom

In the old house, our bedroom was light grey and I always loved it, but secretly wished it was darker. So this time around, we went with the darkest grey we could find that didn’t look black in person. Enter peppercorn. Peppercorn is delicious in the bedroom. I needed a little mood and a little drama in here.

sherwin williams peppercorn

master bedroom mirror

I painted my $25 thrifted mirror with some leftover paint and paired it with the thrifted parson’s table.

peppercorn paint color

I hung the $2 medicine cabinet that I got at a yard sale a few years ago. Mixed up my sheets (I love mixing sheet patterns) and just shopped the house for stuff we already had that we could use in a new way. I love the bookpage wreath against the dark wall, and that wreath has surprised me and lasted FIVE years!

duct tape diamonds

Here’s a reminder of our bedroom in the last house. The room was much larger with higher ceilings and more windows. I’ll always love this room and it was quite photogenic.

dark grey master bedroom

The current room feels really cozy. And personal. And masculine. It suits us really well out here in the country. Most of the furniture is the same, but the setting is different. That’s my favorite part about decorating, the same stuff can feel like all new stuff with just a few changes.

master before

Here’s the just moved in, before. I think it’s important to know that all I purchased for this room was paint for one wall, two more pair of drapes, and a new rustic-meets-modern light fixture. It was SO easy to change this room up. Why, WHY do I always wait forever to make a days worth of changes that takes a space from hate to love?!

my side


*Thanks to Sherwin-Williams for partnering with Nesting Place for this post

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Paint works wonders! Thanks for sharing the pics of your last master as well, so much fun to see them side by side. I am loving the deep paint color. We have a bunch of projects going on, just ripped wallpaper down in thedining room. The master needs some love though! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Natalie Dowden says:

    So beautiful! After buying and moving into a foreclosed home last summer and having a baby shortly after, my poor bedroom has been neglected of a little color on the walls. I’m suddenly feeling motivated to show it some love and get it done!

  3. I love your bedroom.. So simple yet elegant and beautiful! I would totally live in it and be happy :). If I win the paint I would repaint our family room.. My husband has never liked the color I picked …. Time for a re-do!

  4. I love the warm woods mixed with the contrast of your cool tones. We’ve slowly been going that direction in our living room but need to first ditch the beige paint. Would love to find a nice greige to have the best of both worlds!

  5. I LOVE it! It is so moody and dramatic. It feels like it is something out of a movie. All dramatic and glamorous. Absolutely beautiful!

  6. Love this room….so cozy! I love the mix of patterns and textures.

  7. My poor master bedroom is definitely in need of attention! I started working on it months ago and got “stuck”, maybe a new color would get me going again.

  8. Sarah E says:

    My bedroom needs something pretty bad! It has never been painted and needs it!

  9. Sarah M says:

    I, too, have dark gray in my master bedroom and I’ve loved it ever since we did it. I just recently painted all of our main floor, but now I have one room left: the master bath. It opens up to the bedroom, so something coordinating or cheerful so I’d enjoy it in there! Your room is beautiful, by the way!

  10. My son’s room is going through a baby to big boy transformation, and I would love to be able to paint his room!

  11. I happened upon your blog just now and am hooked. I really need to repaint the guest room. It hasn’t been painted in so long.

  12. I would love to paint our master bedroom! It definitely needs some TLC and has the same blah beige paint that the house came with.

  13. Stephanie says:

    We are slowly working our way through the house, painting it room by room. Right now it’s the living room and master bedroom that need the most TLC. If I had to choose though? I would say master bedroom

  14. Kendall says:

    I’d love to be able to paint our master bedroom. I’m looking for a grey that would go with my current stuff in there too.

  15. Deirdre* says:

    Oh my son would love his room (re-) painted! I went dark and dramatic (ie: boring and a little scary– poor guy) but he wants light and fun. Winning 5 gallons of SW paint would be the perfect motivator. Thanks!

  16. Melanie Smith says:

    Love the dark color on the wall and how rich and cozy the room looks. I’m wanting a new color for our bedroom, the last room in the house to get attention.

  17. Love that color!

    Question: I have a dilemma–to fan or not to fan? We are building, so I’ve been researching lighting and fans, etc. fans are so ugly and expensive!! But we are both
    Hot natured and live in Texas! Any suggestions?? (Btw, I love the light in your bedroom) ;)

  18. my bedroom! This post has me itching to do something fun in there. Right now it’s very lacking in color!

  19. My bedroom of course! Needs some SW help.

  20. Love love love Sherwin Williams! I would love to do the bonus room in our new house which isn’t even primed yet – color? Not sure but I am using Sea Salt and Perfect Greige in the adjoining rooms. Sure could use some SW love!

  21. Would love some paint for master bedroom! Still the white it came with 5 years ago!

  22. My basement is crying out for paint – still sporting the primer from months ago.

  23. Well, 5 gallons would go a long way and it would need to!!! :)))) I have lots of spots that need to feel the love!! I think the kitchen and family room top the list of dingy rooms that could be awesome with a little freshening up!!

  24. our bedroom needs some paint! we moved in like 6 years ago and still haven’t painted it! :)

  25. Beautiful room, lovely paint. My whole house needs fresh paint after more than 14 years and 6 grandbabies putting their little touches all over it!

  26. Hi! Could you tell me which Ikea drapes you purchased? These are absolutely perfect for our living room and I’d love to order them. Unfortunately, I can’t tell which ones you got by looking at the site. Your help would be awesome! :) Thanks!

  27. alyson b says:

    Hi, love the look. I just repainted our bedroom Martha Stewart Seal which is a similar color and love it. Where did you get your chandelier? Thanks, Alyson

  28. Kristin K says:

    All of them! We just bought a house, but right away it would be the kitchen/dining room!

  29. Oh I love your room make over. We’re moving in a month and we’ve already decided to paint our walls grey too! I just can’t wait to get my hands dirty. I’m so excited!! :)

  30. Love the “you” pillow on the bed. Peppercorn is the top on the list. It makes the room so classy and modern. Brass lamp looks so ancient, the feather holder with an eye looks different. Of course the grey color on the wall sets the mood to love and fun. Great thoughts and an inspiration for my ideas.

  31. This post makes me so hopeful! Last weekend, we bought two gallons of a similar dark gray paint for our den. Love the color, but got home thinking, “What was I thinking? Am I going to hate it? Will we have to start calling it the cave?” But I LOVE it in your bedroom and am now super excited to slap it up on our den walls. Thanks!

  32. Genevieve says:

    I know this post is about the paint color (which is gorgeous!) but I can’t take my eyes off of your bedside lamps! Where did you get those?

  33. Jessica says:

    Our bedroom is in desperate need of some paint and attention as well. Sigh.

  34. Very nice and beautiful interior designing of bedrooms. I was previously using bedroommyplacewithsylte. com for interior designing of my new home at Middelton.

  35. I would paint the living room walls to coordinate with the rest of the house. i love color!

  36. Umm, two dollllllarssss for that medicine cabinet? LOVE that you hung it in a bedroom. I am all about using something “the wrong way” or in “the wrong space”. It gives it a whole new life! And, I too am obsessed with pattern mixing sheets. I cannot get enough vintage florals!

  37. Stephanie says:

    This room is beautiful! I am in the process of redoing our bedroom and wondering where your bed/headboard is from. Thank you!

  38. Absolutely beautiful!! I love the dark wall ~ I have a wall painted Navy and I’m so enjoying it! I honestly need to finish my bedroom. You have inspired me!

    P.S. Do you mind sharing where you bought your drapes from?

  39. I’m obsessed with your nightstand! Do you mind sharing where it’s from?

  40. Liz Gillingham says:

    I just adore your bed, would you ind sharing where you purchased it

  41. Beautiful room! Where did you find the sphere chandelier / pendant light?

  42. Hi! I LOVE your bed frame! Do you remember where you got it or know of places that may have something similar? Thanks!

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  47. I love your comforter in the new bedroom! Where did you get it? It’s exactly what I’m looking for!

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