Are you trying to decorate your master bedroom but not sure where to start? Well an area rug is a great jumping off point for a master bedroom decor scheme. Today I’m sharing how I used our new bedroom area rug to help me create the look I wanted in the rest of this space.
Starting from scratch when planning the decor for a new room can be both exciting and overwhelming. On the plus side, it means that you don’t have to work around previous pieces of furniture, art, or decor and try to fit them in with new pieces. But…it also means that you are literally starting from nothing and that can make it tricky to figure out where to begin. For our new build master bedroom decor I tried to recreate the feel of modern coastal hotel style, using a mix of neutral colours along with a pop of dark teal, lots of texture, greenery and glam gold finishes. It feels light and airy in the day but cozy and glam in the evening light.
Our master bedroom in our new build is one of the first rooms to be “finished”… well, at least 95% finished. We still have to paint and hang the barn door that will close off the entry to our closet and ensuite. But aside from that, it’s “finished”. We’ve got furnishings, bedding, pillows, art, wallpaper, and a beautiful area rug that ties it all together! (PS – I’ve got everything that I could find linked at the bottom of the post, if you are wondering about sources).
When I’m planning a new room scheme I like to base it around an inspiration piece, whether that be fabric, pillows, art, or a rug. For our master bedroom decor in our new build, the first piece that I got was our rug and I based the other pieces around it. This rug, the Bailey Companion Tile Print rug in Tan (through Target from Mohawk Home) has a warm brown/tan/beige background with pops of a dark teal green. I’m so thrilled that I got to partner with Mohawk Home on this room design and love how this rug set the stage for the rest of our master bedroom decor.
How to plan a room design starting with an area rug:
- Pick a rug that will go well with any existing elements in your space that will not change, whether that is your flooring, furniture, paint colours, or other decor.
- If you are starting from scratch think about the style and feel you want for your space. The area rug sets the tone for whether you want it to feel totally modern, a little bit boho, traditional, or vintage.
- Use the colours in the rug to help you set a scheme for the room – then follow up by selecting decorative finishes like bedding, pillows, drapery, and art that work with those colours.
I think the warm brown/tan tones of the background and think it looks so soft and pretty laid on the Golden Select Saddlewood vinyl plank floors that we installed throughout the house. It also has pops of a dark teal-green tone that I pulled out when selecting the grasscloth wallpaper that we installed behind the bed.
From this area rug, I pulled together the colour scheme for the rest of the room, which is a mix of neutrals (white, beige, grey, and black) with a good dose of my favourite dark teal-green colour. I found the paintings at Jysk (on a great sale!) and they helped tie together the master bedroom decor scheme. The art helped pull the dark green tones out of the rug and also tied in the gold from around the room. This is actually the same painting repeated three times to create the idea of one long image. I love how it reminds me of views at the lake. You could have similar prints made by searching out printable landscape images through Etsy and then have them printed on canvas at your local Staples or Costco.
All of the throw pillows are from Homesense, as is the bedding, but I’ve gathered similar sources at the bottom of this post.
After the rug, I chose the bed. I ordered this neutral beige linen-texture bed from Costco online and it was a great deal! I love the channel tufted back and think it gives that “hotel” feel to this room. The linen texture is exactly what I wanted, and the colour is not a brown-beige but a nice, light airy neutral beige-grey tone.
Originally I had planned to makeover some old nightstands that I picked up on Facebook Marketplace, but once I get them into our space I realized they were way too big for the proportions of the room (our new master measures 13′ wide by 14′ deep). So I sold them for what I’d paid for them, and instead ordered these well proportioned nightstands through Wayfair on a great sale. I think that the dark grey tone mixed with the gold dipped legs and gold hardware ties in beautifully with the other gold accents and lighting and give the bed wall a slightly upscale feeling.
I found this black cane chair at HomeSense a couple of months before our house was even finished, and snapped it up quickly as I knew that I would be able to find a great spot for it. The art is from Jysk and was on a fabulous sale for only $31! I love the way it helps tie together all the colours in the space.
We needed a new dresser and I shopped all around, but dressers can be SO expensive. We had a white Ikea Hemnes that we had to leave behind when we sold the cabin, and I had loved the size and quality of it. You really can’t beat it for the price. So we ordered a new Ikea Hemnes in grey stain, and gave it a little customization and upgrade with some pretty but inexpensive decorative knobs that I picked up at HomeSense. I’ve linked some similar ones below. It was such an easy way to give a basic dresser a more custom and unique feel!
The mirror over the dresser was ordered on a great sale through Wayfair, and the other accessories and lamp were mainly things that I owned in our previous house and had stored away while we were building.
We ordered a couple of large figs through Costco online, one for our bedroom and the other for our great room space. I love how it perfectly fills out this corner, and was a great price for the size of it.
The drapes are a simple, white textured, grommet top with blackout lining that I ordered through Bed, Bath & Beyond and the rod is just from my local Walmart. Right now, the rod is the only black metal in the room but it ties in with the black chair and black legs on the bed (they came brown but I sprayed them matte black). And…soon (fingers crossed!) we will have our barn door installed with the black metal hardware that it will roll on.
So… all of our master bedroom decor stemmed from my one main inspiration piece: the rug! I always find that area rugs are a great place to start out your design scheme as they can tie together a room beautifully.
I also want to take this chance to remind you to not forget about your master bedroom! Too many people see their bedrooms as an after thought that no one else will see, but you should finish it off for YOUR own enjoyment and peace of mind. It’s important to create a place that is peaceful and relaxing that you can retreat to and recharge after a long day.
Sources / Budget:
Bed – called the “Rippled Upholstered Bed” through Costco, not currently available in the US and only in Queen in Canada – see below for similar options
Nightstands – Westerleigh 1 Drawer Nightstand from Wayfair
Grasscloth Wallpaper – Jurou Teal Wallpaper from Wayfair (price is per roll)
Cane Chair – Homesense (similar find here)
Plant beside cane chair – Homesense (similar one here)
Dresser Handles – Homesense (similar ones here)
Mirror over dresser – Hubba Modern Accent Mirror from Wayfair
Fig Tree – Costco (now out of stock – see similar one at World Market)
Ceiling Light – Dycus Sputnik Light Fixture from Wayfair
Pendant Lights – Homesense (similar ones at Wayfair)
Bench – from Homesense (similar find here))
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