February 1, 2019

Embracing a Peaceful Palette

Why I Can’t Get Enough of Neutral Bedrooms

With all of the exciting changes in the Flanigan household (check out our boys’ new bunk room and little girl’s nursery), I couldn’t resist turning my attention to the room where I’ll be spending most of my days when I get home from the hospital. Call it nesting if you’d like, but I figured hitting that refresh button in my master retreat was exactly what I needed to ensure me and baby would spend our first days at home in a restful, relaxing environment.

Marie Flanigan Interiors – SFERRA Bedding

Neutral bedrooms exude such a welcome sense of peace and serenity, yet so many people struggle with achieving the look. Some worry it will feel lackluster or that dreaded b-word, boring, but I’m here to assure you neutral bedrooms are anything but.

Keep scrolling because I’m making my case for these tranquil beauties and sharing tips that will have you navigating neutrals (and loving every minute of it) along the way!

Bedding Is King…or Queen

After soothing wall colors, restful master retreats are all about lush bedding, and who doesn’t need more of that?! I love starting with classic white linens [think crisp sheets and a super soft duvet] that make you feel like you’re slipping into bed in a boutique hotel.

Marie Flanigan Interiors – SFERRA Bedding

When it comes to linens, extra long staple cotton makes for a plush texture that stands the test of time. Look for sets that boast expert craftsmanship with a close attention to detail. They may cost a bit more up front, but they’ll keep you cradled in comfort for years to come!

For the Love of Layers

When it comes to making neutral bedrooms visually interesting, it’s all about layering texture-rich elements, and we all know I’m a huge fan of layering texture. Once your bedding is in place, don’t forget to layer on the throws and pillows! These can be changed up seasonally, and I’m currently loving the look and feel of this cozy wool blanket for Houston’s chilly winter weather.

Marie Flanigan Interiors – Merino Wool Blanket

Rugs are another wonderful place to weave in texture. Whether it’s high or low pile, you can keep the colorway soft and subtle while still layering in the charm.

It’s All About Form and Function

Sticking with a neutral color palette means you’re paying even more attention to the form and function of your furnishings. Incorporating pieces with unique silhouettes creates visual interest and there’s nothing better than spacious bedroom seating that allows me and the fam to snuggle up together for story time!

Marie Flanigan Interiors – Gabby Winslow Sofa


Marie Flanigan Interiors – Gabby Winslow Sofa

Lighting Takes Center Stage

Neutral bedrooms call for exquisite lighting, and there are so many gorgeous nature-inspired shapes and finishes to choose from. I’m particularly loving textural fixtures, like alabaster and plaster, that serve as neutrals while still bringing in a lovely sense of depth.

Marie Flanigan Interiors – Circa Olsen Table Lamp

Lighting is also a great way to craft special moments within a larger space. This antique French jug turned lamp provides ample light for reading and I adore the scale and story behind the piece.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at my master bedroom refresh! Do you prefer a soft, subtle bedroom or one that’s bright and bold? Drop us a note below!


Join the Conversation

  1. Ellyn says:

    I love the cAlm of your decor

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Would you mind sharing the link to the beautiful rug (i couldn’t find it on the link provided)

    • marie says:

      Hi Elizabeth! Madison Lily has so many great custom rugs! I love how you can get such gorgeous one of a kind pieces. Unfortunately my rug is no longer available, but I’m sure you can find something else from their wonderful selection!

  3. Erin says:

    I love how your bedroom looks so Put together, yet the furniture is not too “matChy”. #Goals!!

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