Designing a new home from the outside in is so exciting, but decorating a gender neutral master bedroom can be quite a challenge! When we first got the house I had so many ideas in mind for decorating, but as the process began I started to realize that those ideas would remain ideas (sigh) and you have to compromise when sharing your living space with the opposite sex. This is when we decided that I could take the decor reigns on the office, spare bedroom (that’s being turned into a closet room), guest bedroom, kitchen, and dining room. Kyle’s two areas of interest were the living room and our master bedroom. His only requests were NOTHING FEMININE & NO CLUTTER. Easy enough…right?! Well…not quite, because it turns out Kyle (aka KAREN) has opinions about everything and wants to have a hand in the entire decorating process of these two spaces. Typical man, right?! (ha no…hence the name KAREN)
For me, this actually ended up being a good thing because I tend to be on the hoarder side and needed a good purge. Prior to buying the house, we had both accumulated a random mix of furniture/decor over the years from college or hand-me-downs. So the idea of a neutral, clean, minimal space forced us to get rid of so much junk and basically start over from scratch. However, starting from scratch takes money and after shelling out a bunch of cash to buy the new house KAREN wasn’t down for a trip to Restoration. Challenge #2: budget. I grabbed a few things last fall from Urban Outfitters home section (in this post) and knew they had a great (gender neutral) selection of accents we could add to our bedroom to help pull the space together.
ALL PHOTOS BRI COSTELLO
BEDSPREAD, BLUSH VELVET PILLOW POUF, CABLE KNIT PILLOW, COZY KNOT PILLOW, HELIOS TABLE LAMP, ANDY WARHOL BOOK, GREY TERRY KNIT SHORTS ALL C/O URBAN OUTFITTERS | SHEET SET, MARBLE WASTE BASKET C/O KASSATEX | MATTRESS C/O 4SLEEP USA |
Our first priority was upgrading from a queen to a king size mattress. Secondly, we needed a new comforter for our king size bed. I was on the hunt for a washed cotton/linen looking duvet cover and originally picked out white but I LOVED this light grey color and couldn’t resist. The combination of a dark charcoal grey headboard with a light grey comforter gave the room a little bit more dimension. You can’t beat the price point on the comforter and the quality is SOO incredibly soft! Ever since we got it, Kyle and I can’t stop saying that our bed feels like a cloud! Next, we needed throw pillows and other small accents because all of our previous ones were too colorful and just didn’t work. I love the fun selection Urban Outfitters has because they’re not your ordinary items you find at a local home decor retailer. The grey knot pillow and the brass table lamp (on sale) are my favorite!
At first thought, I was afraid a gender neutral bedroom would look extremely boring but after diving into it I’m actually quite pleased with how our master is coming along! We still have some work to do and additions to be made, as expected…because when are you ever actually done decorating your home?
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