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Sometimes, as a grown up, all you want is a place where you can shut the door on the crazy world outside, kick off your shoes, and R.E.L.A.X.  If there’s a comfy bed and a few good books for napping and reading….that’s icing on the cake.  This calm master bedroom designed by Lindy Allen of Four Chairs Furniture looks just right, to me.  Photographed by Hiya Papaya, this is a room I’d be happy to claim for rest and relaxation.


What makes this room look so delightfully serene?  The simple window coverings let in ample light and summer breezes, and the pale walls play up all that natural light. Upholstered furniture and a pile of pretty pillows beckon you to get cozy.


Want to recreate a fresh, calm space like this one for your own master bedroom?  I found several tips and tutorials that will help you do that, even on a budget.  Check out these 5 Ways to Get This Look.


1.  Soft Gray Walls


My inspiration room wears a gorgeous shade of gray on the walls, a perfect neutral that’s not too warm and not too cool.  It’s very similar to Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray that was used to paint the walls of this dining room at White House Black Shutters.

2.  Horizontal Paneled Wainscoting


White wainscoting is such a popular look right now, so it’s fun to see this trend represented in a slightly different way.  Note how the paneling is shifted to run horizontally, instead of vertically?  I love that.  House Tweaking offers a very detailed tutorial for getting a look like this.

3.  Upholstered Settee


The perfect spot for removing your shoes at the end of a long day, an end of the bed settee is such a fun luxury.  This is a great piece of furniture for learning to reupholster, too!  Check out how Fab Housewife turned a thrift store find into a a settee very similar to the one in my inspiration photo.

4.  Pretty Pillows


You know how much I love pillows!  And I thought this gorgeous Anthro knock-off would be a perfect fit for the color scheme of this room.  Learn how to make it by visiting Sugar Baby Boutique.

5. Tufted Upholstered Headboard


My favorite part of the room in my inspiration photo has to be the upholstered headboard.  The gray and white pattern reminds me a lot of the headboard I made for my guest bedroom, but the tufting takes it to a whole new level.  I found some good tips for getting a headboard shaped and tufted like the one in the designer’s room at Bright & Bold.

Tada!  What do you think?  Is there something you saw in the designer’s room that you’d like to bring into your own home?  Is a master bedroom makeover in your future?

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