Before and After: a tired bedroom, staged for sale

A little while back I was asked to help a client pep up a tired master bedroom as he was thinking of putting his house on the market and felt the room needed livening up in order to appeal to buyers. There was a limited budget, and most of the work and consultation was conducted over skype which presented a few challenges!

I’ll fess up now that there isn’t much ‘global inspiration’ in this makeover – it wasn’t what the client wanted and I hadn’t made most of the amazing discoveries from my travels at the time. Nevertheless, I’m really pleased to be able to showcase what a few simple and inexpensive changes can make to a room – no prior experience needed!

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Before – nothing wrong with the room, just not a particularly inspiring space.

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The surfaces could do with some de-cluttering

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The table lamps were a bit dated and failed to make an impact

After getting the client to take some measurements to check it would work, I advised him to switch up the layout of the room. I wanted the bed to become the focal point as you walked in through the door so it needed to be moved to the opposite wall. I also advised refreshing the paint colour on the wall. Whilst I adore colour, a neutral base works well if you are looking to sell your home, as it allows buyers to picture their own style and possessions in the space.

Once the walls were painted and the furniture moved, I took the client on a brief shopping trip to pick up some accessories to dress the space. There was a limited budget for shopping (around £70) and a short time to get what was needed so we ended up buying the accessories from one store, Dunelm. I never recommend doing this as you run the risk of an extremely matchy-matchy result! But in this case, there was little choice and I worked hard to ensure the finished room had a little personality without terrifying the client who was used to more traditional decor.

The wall art was something I had left over from a previous project and helped to frame the bed, providing the room the focal point it needed.

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The finished room. A simple change of layout, a lick of paint and some new bedding and accessories is an easy way to give a room a new lease of life.

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There’s a bit of a botanical theme running through this basic scheme as the client is especially fond of his garden

The room works far better with its new layout, and whilst with more time and more budget, I would have gone further (new curtains, a few more accessories, a throw on the bed and some new handles for the bedside tables and chest of drawers – what can I say, I’m high maintenance!), the client was really pleased. So ultimately, this was a really good result and a great reminder that everyone’s tastes are different. When you’re working for someone else, moderating your own preferences is really important if you want to deliver (though that didn’t stop me trying to push the boundaries just a little, with limited success!)

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These aren’t my photos – they’re the client’s, hence the chest of drawers isn’t dressed, but I’m really pleased with the overall end result.

So what do you think of the final reveal? Whilst its not a dramatic or dynamic transformation, it satisfied the client and resulted in a good-looking bedroom sure to impress (or at least not put off) any buyer.

Let me know what you think and if this is something I should add to my portfolio of styling projects!

Happy travels, and shopping,




  1. 6th January 2016 / 5:02 pm

    What a transformation, with just a few easy tweaks! Very well done, looks great x

    • 6th January 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks so much Rebecca x

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