20 Before-and-After Bedroom Makeovers

Prepare to be impressed by these bedroom renovations. See how designers transform these nightmare spaces into dreamy retreats.

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March 05, 2020

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Before: Bare Bones

Demo day left this bedroom looking bare and lacking. An angular ceiling adds potential for a unique, character-rich design while a single, corner window welcomes sunlight into the space.

After: Bold Hues

Dark and dreamy indigo wallpaper makes a statement behind the master bed and enhances the distinct angles of the ceiling. Pale aqua paint coats the surrounding walls and the window trim and baseboards balance the space with crisp, white paint. A fiery-pink Oushak rug adds vibrancy underfoot and a pair of pretty, brass sconces flank the bed and offer a warm glow in the otherwise cool-toned bedroom design.

Before: Plentiful Potential

This Massachusetts master bedroom has great bones but is dressed in dreadful, dated finishes. The orange-stained hardwoods, boring light fixture and clunky corner wardrobes aren’t doing this space, or those gorgeous windows, any favors.

After: Sun-Drenched + Sophisticated

Designer Kelly Rogers breathes new life into the space with airy taupe paint on the walls, a neutral stain on the hardwood floors and a whimsical flush-mount fixture above the bed. The airy and expansive bed is positioned at the center of the windows and flanked by gorgeous, graphic drapes and twin table lamps. Abstract artwork lines the entry hallway walls and brings a subtle touch of color to the design.

Before: Basic + Boring

This forgotten bedroom is decked out in a mix of boring beige and outdated ivory finishes. Ill-fitting window treatments highlight two cluttered dressers and the yellowed wall and ceiling paint age the space and appear dirty against the white bedding.

After: Blissful + Bright

Talk about a transformation, right? Designer Claire Paquin keeps the design neutral but executes her vision with updated hues. The walls are coated with an airy, cool gray color and the ceilings and trim are refreshed with bright white paint. A light lavender, velvet bed is dressed in classic white bedding and framed by two white chests. A luxe, silver rug adds softness to the space and coordinates with the metallic pillows and custom Roman shades.

Before: Dysfunctional Girl's Room

To say this bare, beige girl’s bedroom leaves a lot to be desired would be an understatement, friends. The space is plagued with a wonky layout, crowded floor space and a traditional four-poster bed dressed with drab, dated bedding.

After: Trendy Teenage Dream

TerraCotta Design Build take this space from dreary to dreamy. The designers reimagine the layout and energize walls with bright and airy aqua paint. A tropical palm triptych serves as a stylish statement piece above the white spindle bed. The bohemian theme in the space continues with textured bedding, pom-pom trimmed curtains and a woven jute tote-turned-planter.

Before: Drab + Dark Boy's Room

Deep red walls overpower this small boy’s bedroom. The dark hue creates a closed-in, cramped feeling that’s further perpetuated by the lack of storage and busy patterns used throughout the space.

After: Fiery + Fresh Contemporary Design

Dove gray walls welcome natural sunlight in this transformed boy’s bedroom. A custom shelving unit runs the length of the room, offering stylish storage for books and providing a punch of color above the bed. A bright red pillow accents the center of the bed and brings a youthful energy to the classic blue, gray and white bedding.

Before: Dingy + Dated Master Bedroom

This spacious master suite sports an unsightly mix of stained wall-to-wall carpeting, a dusty grasscloth accent wall and dingy vertical blinds. The space features dated furnishings draped in mismatched patterns and out-of-place hues.

After: Midcentury Makeover

Hard to believe this is same space. Designer Natalie Meyers swaps the dusty and dated details of the original space for a clean,minimally inspired master bedroom design. Bright white vertical paneling lines the wall behind the bed to create subtle dimension. Blonde hardwood floors and a vintage bohemian area rug replaces the stained carpeting while gauzy, ivory sheers dress the bedroom window.

Before: Cluttered Character

This small bedroom is made even smaller by the cluttered built-in shelves delineating the space. The deep red shelving unit is an eyesore with its disheveled mix of plastic binders, board games and booze.

After: Crisp Cottage Style

The red shelves are removed and the cottage bedroom is brought to life with a pitched ceiling, charming white trim and cheerful aqua paint. The cozy bed sports classic white bedding and a custom, turquoise-and-yellow lumbar pillow. A small armchair wears the same turquoise-and-yellow upholstery and offers a sweet spot to enjoy a cup of coffee each morning.

Before: Awkward + Expansive

The homeowners have more space than they know what to do with in this grand master bedroom. The king-size bed and accent furniture appear lost in a vast sea of cream carpet and beige walls.

After: Intimate + Elegant

Designer Marie Flanigan transforms the expansive and empty master suite into a cozy, intimate and fresh design layered with texture and timeless finishes. The cream carpet is replaced with neutral hardwood floors paired with a large, traditional area rug to bring pattern and movement underfoot. A grand canopy bed replaces the original bed to take up more visual space in the room. A sophisticated ivory loveseat provides a space to sit and adds a cozy touch to the design.

Before: Tacky Tech

This sweet city cottage could be a charmer, but its rustic vibe is at odds with...VCRs? Battered old briefcases? We're not sure what's going on with the built-in shelving (or the tiger-striped chair beside it), but it's no longer welcome.

After: Eclectic Appeal

Nashville designer Connie Vernich layers this master suite with soft textures and neutral patterns that enhance one another. Crisp black trim on the floor mirror, window hardware and wall art provides purposeful contrast, and subtle gold notes give this southern stunner a bit of glamour.

Before: Uninviting Elements

A matchy-matchy sleigh bed and vanity appear heavy and generic in this mustard guest bedroom. Burgundy bedding clashes against the mustard walls and creates a darkened, dated look.

After: Reimagined + Refined

The homeowner's existing wooden sleigh bed gets a new lease on life in this ethereal bedroom makeover. Designer Minhnuyet Hardy repositions the bed between the two windows at the center of the room. She swaps the dark finishes for a fresh palette of icy blue, snowy white and metallic silver. The results are equal parts classic and inviting.

Before: Outdated Furnishings

This traditional bedroom sports an unsightly mix of unfashionable finishes and disproportionate furnishings. Too-small nightstands flank the overly elaborate four-poster bed dressed in a too-dark burgundy patchwork quilt.

After: Transitional Transformation

Designer Minhnuyet Hardy takes this master suite from gaudy to gorgeous with soft gray and cream tones enhanced with cool, contrasting furnishings. The inky two-poster bed skims the white crown molding and draws the eye up to the room's showstopping ceiling. Sizable nightstands and matching table lamps frame the bed while a flashy Sputnik-style chandelier adds illumination and modern style cred.

Before: Mismatched Master

A mirrored closet wall and mismatched furniture make one unsightly and uninspiring bedroom. This cramped space is begging for a floor-to-ceiling makeover.

After: Cohesive Contemporary

Designer Caitlin Jones Ghajar gives the once-cramped bedroom a contemporary makeover with crisp and clean finishes. Geometric patterns add panache to the floor and the statement wall behind the bed. The remaining accents are a combination of crisp white, timeless navy and heathered gray for a streamlined design.

Before: Heavy Cream

One could forgive a guest for struggling to get comfortable in this room, since it has the frozen-in-time feel of a historic home that's been converted into a local museum: look, but don't touch!

After: Lap of Luxury

Traci Connell Holmes introduces both texture and contrast with a feature wall swathed in navy blue grasscloth, then updated the bed with a bold Art Deco-inspired headboard. Abstract artwork above each hammered metallic nightstand marries her chosen tones and adds a splash of painterly detail.

Before: To Grandmother's House We Go

This bedroom set is old (as opposed to antique), and paired with frilly curtains and a busy brass chandelier (with mismatched bulbs!), it seems positively musty.

After: Artfully Organic

Designer Michael Abraham let natural grandeur guide his hand as he reimagined this master suite: a raw quartz chandelier draws the eye up to exposed beams while a sandy-toned linen headboard anchors painted-desert bedding. Details like the agate-striped glass artwork on the occasional table and the turned wood vase on the nightstand add to the space's earthy serenity.

Before: Thrown-Together Guest Room

This guest room looks like a sad and scattered dorm room. The forgotten bedroom features a tattered duvet cover, dated mirrored closet doors and wire storage shelves but is lacking a cohesive style.

After: Upbeat + Inviting Guest Suite

The once disheartening guest room graduates to this gorgeous and inviting space with vibrant wall art, bright white bedding and symmetrical nightstands and table lamps.

Before: Tragic History

Neither the fussy, formal furnishings nor oppressive stained trim are doing this bedroom any favors. In the absence of modern touches, these traditional pieces contribute to a decidedly "spooky bed-and-breakfast" vibe.

After: Berth of the Cool

Warm gray paint highlights artful angles at the ceiling and complements a deliciously plush new headboard. A pair of casually chic new chairs create a relaxed new sitting area, and a stunning pendant establishes decidedly 21st-century design cred.

Before: Off Season

While this master suite was the height of beachy chic a few decades ago, details like view-obscuring shutters and too-rustic paneling are now anchoring it in the past. It's also high time to let the overstuffed white love seat relax into its retirement.

After: Height of Summer

Less is much, much more, thanks to Blackband Design's minimalistic makeunder. Removing ceiling panels and giving the space a fresh coat of dazzling white paint lets the panoramic ocean view spill in uninterrupted, while a fire pit and bistro table turn the terrace into an outdoor room.

Before: Failing Grade

Candice Olson's client, a high-school teacher, yearned to transition from this eyesore to a pulled-together space.

After: Beauty + Brains

Candice built a massive upholstered headboard that doubles as a pair of floating nightstands and chose quirky wall art that's perfect for an educator. Her eco-friendly materials suit him as well: she chose low-VOC blue paint for the walls, recyclable (and rearrangable) carpet tiles and organic bedding.

Before: Blank Space

The overwhelmed parents (who shared this third-floor master with one of their three young children!) barely had time to sleep; it comes as no surprise, then, that they hadn't gotten around to making the room their own.

After: Silver Lining

Candice Olson didn't have to remove much to begin her transformation. What she added, on the other hand, makes all the difference: a built-in window seat and entertainment cabinet offer countless opportunities to personalize their suite, and luxurious gray fabrics on the bed, windows and chairs are both charismatic and calming.

Before: Lost at Sea

Someone needs to chart a course across (and establish a floor plan for) this massive bedroom — and pull up the space-swallowing teal carpet — ASAP. There's buried treasure here, but it's buried deep.

After: Vaulted Masterpiece

Design diva Candice Olson steered this suite in an unabashedly sumptuous direction. Decorative trim now highlights the spectacular ceiling, and an intricate chandelier welcomes the homeowner to her polished new space. A study area solves the bay windows' identity crisis, and both creamy new carpeting and an elegant area rug create continuity between new sitting areas.

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