How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design

Since the Chicagoland fixer upper we renovated was a total gut job, it was pure pleasure tackling our Arizona vacation home since it was all about cosmetic upgrades and easier DIY projects. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design shares tips from our project!

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How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design

We wanted to stay within a budget of about $4,000 for the total bedroom makeover, and we did it! Here’s how.

Before Photos

Here’s where we started with the master bedroom when we bought the place. Orange accent wall, beautiful Southern exposure with desert wash and mountain views, and that’s about it. While it had an attached bath, there was no door separating the spaces so unless you love watching/listening your partner brush their teeth, that was the deal.

BEFORE

Serene Paint Color for Bedroom

For creamy white walls in the bedroom, I decided on VALSPAR Salute. This color is similar to Sherwin Williams Alabaster. It has grey-green undertones, and it worked well with the strong Southern light streaming in.

Valspar Salute paint color - a beautiful warm creamy white with grey-green undertones.
Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Board & Batten Accent Wall

While we could have painted over the orange wall and called it a day, the room needed some architectural interest. Because of the budget and the fact we’re control freak DIYers, we chose to design a board and batten paneled wall.

Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
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My husband somehow created this wall without his power tools at home in Chicagoland! I felt so bad since the project was more time consuming with just a hammer and would have been easy and quick with the proper tools.

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During

On a positive note though, the materials only cost around $60! You’ll note the recessed panels were formed by nailing strips right into the drywall.

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During

My dad helped me with the painting and more importantly, all that caulking which goes along with such a project!

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During

Not only was this a low cost project that created a big statement, it also doubled as a dramatic headboard.

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Belgian Linen Curtain Panels

To save money, we left the existing inexpensive blinds in place since they were functional and we knew we could upgrade later. Belgian linen made sense for our tone on tone color palette and for a beachy, breezy look.

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Custom Industrial Style Curtain Rods

My husband made custom industrial style curtain rods from plumbing supplies at Home Depot including: galvanized steel pipes, iron flanges, and iron elbows. There are plenty of ready-made options in the same spirit:

PB Essential Room Darkening Curtain Rod & Wall Bracket - Pewter finish
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We used these curtain clips:

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Roman Numeral Accent Above Bedroom Window

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I loved this Roman Numeral wood accent idea which I saw on Jenna Sue’s blog so I used it in each bedroom. The Roman numerals represent a special number like an anniversary year or birth year. I painted the wood letters with BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.

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White & Light Grey Quilted Bedding

The quilts, pillows, and coverlets I found for the master bedroom were a mix of PiuBelle and from Pottery Barn.

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Hello Lovely Studio. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design: Decorating Ideas as Well as Shopping Resources from Our Arizona Fixer Upper. Bedroom Design Inspiration: Inexpensive Decor for a Decidedly Simple White Modern Farmhouse White Bedroom.
Elyria Throw
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Mattress

Serta Perfect Sleeper 14.75" Standale II Pillow Top Firm Hybrid Mattress
Serta Pillow Top Mattress, Wayfair
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White Side Tables & Table Lamps

Simple white textured porcelain table lamps went on inexpensive Lindved white side tables from Ikea.

Treadwell Floral 29.5" Table Lamp
Floral 29.5″ Table Lamp, Wayfair
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Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Here’s the actual table, and following it is something similar.

Lindved Table, Ikea

Semi-Custom Union Jack Pillow

My aunt sewed semi-custom pillows for the bedrooms and living room. We started with white linen pillow covers and customized them with some of my favorite Shabby Chic Couture linen fabrics designed by Rachel Ashwell.

Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design: Decorating Ideas as Well as Shopping Resources from Our Arizona Fixer Upper. Bedroom Design Inspiration: Inexpensive Decor for a Decidedly Simple White Modern Farmhouse White Bedroom.
The 1930’s machine utilized for the custom pillows!
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Here’s a beautiful option:

Here’s a pillow where I hand-sewed bits and pieces of fabric scraps leftover from a dining room chair upholstery project.

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Accent Chairs & Table

The barrel style white slipcovered chairs in front of the window are Ikea Tullsta chairs, and the table has an accordion style base and antique silver finish.

Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design: Decorating Ideas as Well as Shopping Resources from Our Arizona Fixer Upper. Bedroom Design Inspiration: Inexpensive Decor for a Decidedly Simple White Modern Farmhouse White Bedroom.
Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design: Decorating Ideas as Well as Shopping Resources from Our Arizona Fixer Upper. Bedroom Design Inspiration: Inexpensive Decor for a Decidedly Simple White Modern Farmhouse White Bedroom.

Here’s a similar table with a different finish – you could always customize the color.

Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design: Decorating Ideas as Well as Shopping Resources from Our Arizona Fixer Upper. Bedroom Design Inspiration: Inexpensive Decor for a Decidedly Simple White Modern Farmhouse White Bedroom.

Sliding Barn Door

This was my favorite addition! A door to the bathroom where there was none. Don’t forget it is sometimes possible to replace an ordinary closet door with a sliding barn door.

DIY bedroom decor makeover with serene, European inspired modern farmhouse style by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design: Decorating Ideas as Well as Shopping Resources from Our Arizona Fixer Upper. Bedroom Design Inspiration: Inexpensive Decor for a Decidedly Simple White Modern Farmhouse White Bedroom.
BEFORE

We found this modern sliding barn door at Home Depot and installed it ourselves (of course!).

DIY bedroom decor makeover with serene, European inspired modern farmhouse style by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design: Decorating Ideas as Well as Shopping Resources from Our Arizona Fixer Upper. Bedroom Design Inspiration: Inexpensive Decor for a Decidedly Simple White Modern Farmhouse White Bedroom.
Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Succulents are certainly at home in this getaway, and here’s a gorgeous one that will work anywhere:

Embroidered Accent Pillow

Here are a few pillows in the same spirit:

Serene and sunny white bedroom in Arizona with board and batten panel wall and sliding modern barn door. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. How to Create a Low Cost Serene Bedroom Design: Decorating Ideas as Well as Shopping Resources from Our Arizona Fixer Upper. Bedroom Design Inspiration: Inexpensive Decor for a Decidedly Simple White Modern Farmhouse White Bedroom.

Feel like you are only seeing half of the room? Ha! You are! The other half was waiting for its dresser and featured a farmhouse style bench with an unlovely flat screen TV.

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Barry Manilow for No Good Reason

Here’s what I listened to as I posted this. Judge all you like. Barry is just the best time travel machine…I was transported to childhood again pretending my name was Melissa. Give it a whirl, kittycats.

Thanks for peeking at this simple bedroom. For truly inspiring bedroom design, see:

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-michele

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20 Comments

  1. A
    May 28, 2019 / 10:29 am

    I love it all especially the board and batten wall!

    • Michele
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Thanks so much! Happy Tuesday, friend. 🙂

  2. Gail Stuerzl
    May 28, 2019 / 2:51 pm

    What a beautiful and calming space. Can you tell me what kind of trim boards you used on the wall? Did you caulk the edges?

    Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas you share.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 28, 2019 / 4:08 pm

      It’s pine from Home Depot. Yes! Lots of caulking – I’ll add that to the post. If you need more specific info about the type of wood, let me know and I’ll get the particulars from my husband and link to it.

  3. May 28, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    Hi Michele!
    The board and batten wall makes the perfect backdrop for this beautiful relaxing space! Such a lovely transformation! I would love for you to share this at Homestyle Gathering via Serving Up Southern!

    >>> Kim

    • Michele
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 8:39 am

      Thanks so much, Kim. Looking forward to gathering with you lovely bloggers this week!

  4. Carol
    May 29, 2019 / 7:13 am

    Very calming and beautiful. I saw that piu belle coverlet at homegoods.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 29, 2019 / 8:38 am

      Thanks, Carol. I love Homegoods!

  5. May 30, 2019 / 7:49 am

    Stunning transformation. You will enjoy relaxing in this spa like space while on vacation.
    Happy weekend, Kippi

    • Michele
      Author
      May 30, 2019 / 8:21 am

      You’re right – we did enjoy it – and then sold the place. Waiting for the next project that needs to be made lovely! 🙂 Thanks so much for reading.

  6. May 31, 2019 / 4:27 pm

    Michele,Michele,
    I have mixed emotions, I loved that house, but I will get used to this one. Thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate it. I love your bedroom, it looks so relaxing. I too love Barry. 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      May 31, 2019 / 7:51 pm

      He’s timeless! 🙂

  7. Julie Briones
    June 1, 2019 / 1:33 am

    This is absolutely lovely, Michele! I did a similar accent wall at My Wee Abode… super affordable! And, I used plumbing pipes, etc. for the hardware for my open shelving in my kitchen. All your decor is perfect for the room, and I especially love your linens and pillows! So blessed to have you at Tuesday Turn About!

    • Michele
      Author
      June 1, 2019 / 8:25 pm

      We must be kindred. Thank you for inviting to the Turn About, friend. Don’t you love how impactful these paneled projects can be for little cash??? I’m a frugal girl so I get a kick out of that.

      • Julie Briones
        June 9, 2019 / 4:44 pm

        Yes, I agree! Mine cost less than $20! I may add a bit more to mine… similar to yours. We’ll see! 😉

        • Michele
          Author
          June 9, 2019 / 5:10 pm

          Have been wanting to try a board and batten wall where you just use the long vertical pieces of trim! Such a vintage look.

  8. June 1, 2019 / 8:19 am

    There are so many beautiful features in this bedroom but I must say the accent wall is gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up with Tuesday Turn About!

    • Michele
      Author
      June 1, 2019 / 8:24 pm

      Glad you like it – it was truly a wonderful project, and we sold that home last year so I miss it so much! I try not to get too attached, but when you are a DIYer doing all the work, it’s tough! Thanks for having me, Michelle.

  9. June 2, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    This is really lovely and serene, Michele! I love your picks for curtains, throws and pillows. The accent wall looks amazing, and I can only imagine how tough it was to pull off without all of your hubby’s tools. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About! I hope you’ll join us again.

    • Michele
      Author
      June 2, 2019 / 6:41 pm

      I’m ready for him to create another wall like that with his tools in hand…it’ll be a breeze relative to that last one! Looking forward to joining Tuesday Turn About and appreciate your support and encouragement. 🙂

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