As someone in love with hotel rooms and has lived (and worked) for a hotel, the bedroom is my retreat. Whenever I’m sick, having a bad day or really just wanted to have peace and quiet, I always want to resort to a comfortable blackout room where I can zoom in and focus on nothing else but ‘me time’ and sleep.
The average person spends about 26 years sleeping in their life which equates to 9,490 days or 227,760 hours. Surprisingly, we also spend 7 years trying to get to sleep. That’s 33 years or 12,045 days spent in bed!Your Life In Numbers
Since I started to move in with my husband, transforming the bedroom is non-negotiable and we really decided to pour all of our efforts and focus on making the bedroom as comfortable as a hotel room and as pleasantly visually appealing for us to give ourselves a great headspace when we wake up and when we retire from a long day.
The bachelor room is about to have the make-over into our home office slash studio and the guest room will be turned into our bedroom.
We are slowly but surely working on getting the house furnished and decorated. Our decision-making rule when it comes to all the home staging and movement? minimalist, zero waste and upcycle.
Light or Dark Walls?
Since the room isn’t just for me and we wanted to merge both his and her taste. We decided to go for a Monochrome Modern look with a touch of gray and maybe, brass.
After we took inventory on what we have and considering our rules. We decided to upscale the wooden solo beds made out of Narra into one king-size bed. We sourced out a recommended carpenter by our friend, Mama The Explorer, who also helped them with their home projects.
Based on the peg and after consulting with the carpenters. We’ve decided to include a touch of grey for the headboard. Now, even though I’m not keen on incorporating foam (as much as possible, I don’t want to have a trace of mites and dust on our heads); my husband requested that he needs a soft yet sturdy material for him to lean on when he’s indulging on his Netflix time.
What are your thoughts? Of course, I am still very much drawn to just plain wooden frames to emulate a headboard, since we’re upcycling, Which one do you like better?
Scones, Pendants or Table Lamps
I’ve been scratching my head over this. Honestly, light fixtures are always tough for me. I know I wanted to have pin lights which can be adjusted to drive the mood for bedtime but with all these other options and knowing we have a beautiful brass vintage pendant light, it’s becoming trivial for me on which route to take.
These light fixtures are necessary as they truly transform a room into another style and can boost your rest. I have to keep on reminding myself of our decision-making ground rules but I’d also want to infuse some modern/art deco vibes into space.
We’ve been having a serious exchange about this. Since we have to also consider the amount of space we can use without making the space look too tight – we’re deliberating whether we’ll match both sides of the bed or he’ll have his own choice and I’ll have my own.
But, what about aesthetics? He’s more for functionality (of course) and I’m more for cuteness (kidding!).
We need each other’s table for us to place our phones, vitamins before we snooze, the current book we’re reading and a glass of water. He wanted a drawer, I just wanted a plain straightforward table with thin legs or just have something mounted on the wall.
After inquiring on modular closets, it was more budget-friendly to have our closet made and customized. Although it may take a little longer than the modular, you’ll have more control in terms of the flexibility and division. Now, the much pressing question is – what color? what material should we use? which one is more budget-friendly?
We definitely want a sliding door as we don’t have much walking space for doors or accordion. Since we’re imitating hotel room closets, we’ll have a small space by the door to hang and keep our keys and easy to drop-off stuff.
For such a small space, there really is so much consideration to think about: each other’s comfort, maximize the space, longevity and at the same time decide according to the ground rules you both have set when it comes to its aesthetic.
- Paint walls and ceiling
- Have room’s flooring waxed and cleaned
- Take out all stuff from the guest room
- Paint doors black
- Design closet guide
- Choose and Install Ceiling Light Fixtures
- Makeover Bed
- Figure out dresser organization
- Install wall sconces
- Build two nightstands
- Organize closet
- Make art with our wedding vows
- Install blackout blinds
- Mattress and Duvet Covers
- Install TV and Soundbar
I will update as we progress because, let’s be honest, crossing things off a list is highly rewarding and setting a deadline before we host guests from abroad.
How long did it take you to transform your bedroom? Do you have any tips and advice for us?