Apartment Bedroom Decor Ideas

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It’s been a while since I’ve given you an update on my apartment. This past weekend I did some planning and painting, so I’m excited to share a few changes happening around here. Let’s start with a bedroom update and some bedroom decor ideas.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

To be honest, sharing an update like this makes me a bit nervous. In recent years, blogland has turned into a place of “beautiful afters” with fewer postings of the “not-so-great-in-betweens.” I’m hesitant to share my in-process photos for fear of premature judgment. However, I remind myself that most of us are in-process and that the vast majority of rooms don’t just magically come together. So, here we go.

Bedroom Decor Ideas: Feature Wall

We haven’t peeked into my bedroom since June. I’ve actually been waiting to update this space until my dresser arrived. I ordered it in May, and it was on backorder until late September. Flash forward to a couple weeks ago when the dresser got “lost” in shipping from their warehouse. I was pretty angry about the whole situation so I decided to just cancel it.

That meant it was time to revisit the space with a new direction in mind, and that’s exactly what I did.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

As you may recall, I had considered painting my space. However, I feared to do so because this home is somewhat temporary, and everything would need to be repainted at the end my lease. So, I decided to meet in the middle and just do a little painting to create a few feature walls. It’s all about compromise, right? This past weekend, I painted two walls, one in my office and one in my bedroom. And this is what it looks like right now in my bedroom.

A big black wall.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

Yes, it’s stark and seems out of place at the moment (hence, my fear of sharing in-process photos), but I do have a plan.

The color is Black Magic from Sherwin Williams.

My thinking for this space is “Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm.” I realize that doesn’t help much, but I hope it will make more sense as the room comes together.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

I found some barn-light-esque fixtures that will flank the bed on the black wall. I’m also thinking about adding a shelf or picture ledge about three-quarters of the way up that wall. It’s definitely plain and boring right now so adding some charm and character is a must.

Bedroom Decor Ideas: Gallery Wall

The rug will also be swapped out. I bought this one before my dresser fiasco. The dresser was navy, so this would have been perfect. However, now it just doesn’t work in here. (I think it may work in my office, so stay tuned!)

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

I’ve also started to hang art in this space. I’m not sure it will stay exactly as-is, but staring at a bunch of blank walls was driving me bananas.

Masculine Rustic Modern with Charm - Apartment Bedroom Decor

And you’ll notice, I finally have a dresser. An hour after I canceled the one I’d ordered months ago, I walked a few blocks to a local vintage furniture shop and found this mid-century Lane dresser. The folks from the store delivered it the following day. (Oh how I wish I had done that three months ago.)

Even though I’m more-or-less starting over in this room (Don’t worry, the bed, chair, and nightstands are staying.), I’m excited how the space is coming together and happy to share my in-process photos with you. Stay tuned for more updates and pop in again later this week to see what wall I painted in my office.

What do you think of the change?

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  1. I never thought I would like a black wall, but yours is just perfect! And I have a serious case of dresser love….what a beautiful, classic piece. (Please tell us you arent planning to paint it!) Looking forward to seeing how the room progresses.

  2. Can’t wait to see the final result! Love the dresser-maybe it’s kismet the other one didn’t work out because the one you got is gorgeous and furniture from that era is so well made. I actually like to see before and in-between photos because it keeps it real for the rest of us non-bloggers.

  3. I love the chair! And I am completely smitten with the dresser! What a find. I can not wait to see what you do. I like the blue rug, but I realize you may be headed a different direction now. A big chunky barnwood shelf on your black wall would definitely be rustic. Excited to see how you progress. I really enjoy how you process your decor and that you share the steps with us.

  4. Michael,

    You have just the BEST sense of style! I love everything you are doing to the apartment to make it yours. And what a great apartment choice to start with! Clean lines, a touch of industrial, a little modern but no too much of any one to dominate over the others. A perfect blank space to start with. I would have picked the same place.


  5. I soooo appreciate the in-process photos. Such a nice change from the “everything is magazine perfect” photos that we typically see. I enjoy the decorating/designing process so only seeing before and after photos have always been a bit of a let down to me. Love your apartment and am enjoying following your adventures to a new city, while you create the life you dream of. Your new space is just lovely, as are you! 🙂

  6. I purchased a dresser like yours at an estate sale and use it to hold some of my linens. I like it because the style is so simple. The black is so stylish.

    Years ago I used to watch Christopher Lowell and loved his style. Yours is much like his.

  7. I love the chair! I wouldn’t worry about posting photos of rooms mid-progress. A lot of us appreciate the thought process behind the work. Keep posting!