Save Your Marriage with a Bedroom Makeover

This is a story about a husband and wife who needed a little . . . pick-me-up in their bedroom.

The Decorologist


You see, their bedroom was filled with brown wood circa 1988, an Italian-style faux finish on the walls in a golden hue,

bedroom before


and fringe-y, dramatic window treatments that Scarlett O-Hara could have worn.  That’s enough to dampen anyone’s desire to spend time in their bedroom.

Bedroom before Makeover

So they called The Decorologist to help them rejuvenate their bedroom and bring their lovelife into the 21st century.  The walls went gray, the furniture went black, and the bedding went hip and modern.  It’s a whole new world in this bedroom . . .

Bedroom After The Decorologist

The walls were painted Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray.  The new pair of mercury glass lamps were a steal at HomeGoods – just $40 each.  And the bedding is fabulous – it’s Dwell Studio from Target, if you can believe it!

Bedroom by the Decorologist

Think you can’t afford to update your bedroom?  For the sake of your lovelife, you can’t afford NOT to!  Let’s look at that before again on the other side of the room:

Before The Decorologist

 This is the same furniture as in the before photo, just a little paint and new drawer knobs.

Bedroom Furniture After Paint Makeover

Oh, and you might as well update the masterbath while you’re at it.  I had them invert the color scheme here, with the light gray on the master bedroom ceiling on the walls of the bathroom and the dark gray on the master bedroom walls on the ceiling of the bathroom (with yellow accents, of course).

Bathroom After The Decorologist

See that smile on my client’s face?  That can only mean one thing:  she and hubby are thrilled with their transformation and newfound love of their bedroom.  Save your marriage by scheduling a bedroom intervention with The Decorologist today.  It’s cheaper than couple’s therapy!


  1. Heather

    awesome. i love it! that room before?!!! shudders! those golden dramatic faux finishes of yesterday make me quiver ad nausea. good thing the decorologist is in da house!!!!!!

  2. Jamie

    Hey – I know that person in the last picture! Everything looks great. I especially love the mirror propped on the trunk and that yellow vase in the bathroom. Looks like I need a bigger purse if I’m gonna haul that one home on my next baby-sitting venture 🙂

  3. radhika

    Spray painting really bought the 1080’s furniture to today’s day!

  4. Ashley @

    LOVE the transformation and your tag line is hilarious! I’m sure it IS cheaper than couple’s therapy!!!

  5. joy

    wonderful! especially love that bright orange color outside in the hallway wall…it’s terrific. so you just spray paint the old dresser or it’s re-stained? Ben’s paint color of gray is just awesome!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Oh no, I wouldn’t do spray paint on a big piece of furniture. Roll it on, then lay it off with a good quality brush.

  6. Kelley

    You are amazing, as always! The new room looks so much calmer and peaceful than that stuffy old room. I love that piece of art on the wall, too.

  7. melissa

    Looks great! I’m sure T&M are absolutely thrilled…. they were way too hip for the bedroom “before.” Great job!

  8. Kelly, Restyling Home by Kelly

    What a great job Kristie! Looks really great with the chelsea gray and bedding. Beautiful!

  9. Sheila Zeller

    I had to look twice at that furniture – hard to believe they’re the same pieces! You really are amazing… your room transformations are bang on every time! And I love that ceiling in the ensuite 🙂

    • Kristie Barnett

      thanks sheila – you are too kind! i appreciate your encouragement 🙂

  10. Tonia

    I love the transformation! You did a fabulous job!

  11. Kate@SensationalColor

    What a difference color can make! I love what you have done and I bet this couple feels fabulous about spending time in their bedroom now.

  12. OAK House 5.

    Fabulous transformation! That gray gray on the walls is spectacular! Well done.

  13. Sonya

    I love this room!! To you mind me asking where you got the throw pillows? I can’t find them on Target and I’d really like to do this in our bedroom! The comforter is my cart 🙂

  14. Florene

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  15. Ben

    Hey, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet
    Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, very good blog!

  16. Stephanie

    I love the bedding, but i could not find it on Target’s website. Help?

    • Kristie Barnett

      This post was written a few years ago – Target probably doesn’t carry it anymore – sorry! You might check Dwell Studio’s site or ebay.


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