Budget-Friendly Master Bedroom

Designer Mary Jo Fiorella makes over her master bedroom to create a cozy, relaxing retreat.
An Eclectic Bedroom With Blue Walls and Mix and Matched Patterns

An Eclectic Bedroom With Blue Walls and Mix and Matched Patterns

Complete your small space by mixing patterns. In this bedroom, Ikat print curtains pair well with a tribal influenced mirror that hangs above the bed. Use throw pillows to your advantage, and add visual interest by mixing similarly colored pillows that have interesting patterns. The chevron pillows here are set off by a nostalgic, knitted throw in the middle. Unify the space by matching a muted blue wall color with quilted bed linens to add texture, but keep the pops of color from overpowering the room.

Complete your small space by mixing patterns. In this bedroom, Ikat print curtains pair well with a tribal influenced mirror that hangs above the bed. Use throw pillows to your advantage, and add visual interest by mixing similarly colored pillows that have interesting patterns. The chevron pillows here are set off by a nostalgic, knitted throw in the middle. Unify the space by matching a muted blue wall color with quilted bed linens to add texture, but keep the pops of color from overpowering the room.

By: Chelsey Bowen

Designer Mary Jo Fiorella recruited family members to help her with the budget-friendly redesign of her Castro Valley, Calif., master bedroom.

We caught up with Mary Jo to see how she transformed the bedroom into a serene spot for only $2,000.

Eclectic, Serene Master Bedroom

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Cozy and Feminine

Calming blue sets the scene for this master bedroom makeover. An upholstered gray bed is paired with soft blue and white bedding. Pink throw pillows add color and femininity to the room.

An Eclectic Mix

A vintage dresser adds warmth and a rustic quality to the bedroom. Mary Jo tops the furniture with pretty plants and black and turquoise accessories.

Simple Nightstand

A whitewashed nightstand holds a few bedtime essentials, including a lamp for reading, favorite family photos and a pink bud vase for a pretty flower.

Elegant Contrast

A black dresser contrasts against the light-blue walls, while graphic-print draperies lend a mod touch to the room.

Describe your wish list.

My wish list included a new paint color, draperies, bed and bedding. I wanted a space that was comfortable, cozy and would make me feel happy.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

Physically getting it done with my lack of time. Over the holiday break, I put my family, who had come in from all over the country, to work. My dad painted the room, and my brothers hung the drapery rods and curtains.

How does the end result match up with your original vision?

It went pretty much as planned. At first, I wasn't sure I liked the wall paint color, but I let it sit with me and now I love it.

What lessons did you learn?

Take some risks. Go with a richer color. Try a patterned drapery. Buy something pink for at least one room. As an accent, it isn't going to emasculate anyone; it really makes you happy.

What are the "hidden gems"?

I love the table lamps, which are from Arteriors, and the throw pillows featuring fabrics from Romo and Schumacher.

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