It’s finally time for the big One Room Challenge reveal, and I’m excited to show you the finished space. I’m calling it Neutral Transitional Bohemian, and I’m loving all the rich textures and natural woods against the modern grays. I am so pleased with the results, and I especially love my last-minute decision to add a moody, dark color to the doors and ceiling. The contrast was just what the space needed.
Here’s a fun before & after to show the change.
Speaking of contrast, I think it’s my favorite way to achieve balance in design. I love how the gold tones of the refinished buffet, pampas grass, and brass accents warm up the gray palate. They also tie in to the hickory wood floors in the other rooms of our open-floor plan home. The modern color choices, light fixture, and accessories balance the traditional mirror, architecture, and buffet. The wallpaper brings pattern and interest and complements the warm brick floors.
I also wanted the design to complement my home’s architecture. I have a traditional style home with elaborate crown moldings and southern-style cypress cabinetry. The space needed to feel updated, while still working with the other things in the room. The wallpaper’s neutral pattern works with the traditional brick pavers but still feels modern. The oversize pattern keeps the wall from becoming too busy.
The style is a great jumping-off point for completing the other connected rooms. I’ve already started on the office that’s next to it.. Here’s a little peek at where it is now. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the walls, but I’m planning on doing a dark door like the foyer.
The One Room Challenge Format
I loved the format of this challenge. I’ve never been good about completing projects, including finishing a room. I picked a small, visible space in our home to make a big impact and give me a design direction.
By setting a timeline, I was able to really push myself to do the parts of the project that were less exciting (painting and changing light switches) in order to get to the fun stuff later. Having a deadline to finish was a little stressful, but I spaced out the parts of the project into manageable goals for each week. For the most part, I stayed on track. Having the kids home for the summer definitely complicated things a bit.
Finally, I budgeted for the room, allowing myself enough money to buy a few “splurge” pieces and feel satisfied with the final product. I did reuse the buffet, mirror, and plant stand to save money. If I had only allowed myself the most inexpensive lamp, lighting, wallpaper, etc. that I could find, I don’t think I would have been happy with the result in the long run. I’d always think about what I wanted to change. This way, I kept my budget below $1,500, but ended up with a finished space I love.
Paint and refinishing materials
Paint & Materials $250
Rug & Rug Pad (not pictured) $80
Wallpaper from Amazon (affiliate link) – It goes in and out of stock, but I’ve seen it available recently.
SW Urbane Bronze (doors), SW Anonymous (ceiling), BM White Dove (trim), BM Dove Wing (walls)
Floors are Old Chicago Tile (linked here)
Here are links to everything I used, or similar items. Keep in mind that these are affiliate links. If you click on them, I may receive a small commission which goes toward keeping this blog going. The rug isn’t shown in the photos. It’s on backorder and will be delivered in two weeks. I tried to find another option, but I loved the one I chose.
Light Fixture | Lamp | Bone Frame with Gold Details | Pampas Grass | Bottleneck Vase with Gold Accents | The BEST Candle | Budget Cabinet Pulls | Roman Shade Fabric | Wallpaper | Chevron Jute Rug | Mirror is several years old from a local shop | Buffet is an old purchase from Pier 1 Imports that I refinished in Week 5 | Planter is old from Target
IF you missed any of the previous week’s posts, I’ve linked all of them here.
- Week 1: Foyer Design Plan — The One Room Challenge Begins
- Week 2: Painted and Prepped for Wallpaper
- Week 3: Finding the Best Deals on Wallpaper & How to Install It
- Week 4: Hanging the Mirror & Covering a Switch Plate with Wallpaper
- Week 5: Stripping and Refinishing Furniture
- Week 6: New Modern Pendant Light
- Week 7: Modern, Neutral Finishing Details & A Last Minute Change of Plans
If you’d like to follow along with all of the One Room Challenge participants, click on the logo below.