Makeover of the Week: How One Designer Gave a Bland Bedroom a Five-Star Transformation

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Photo by Page Photography in Chicago; Design by Tiffany Brooks

“The homeowner gave me creative freedom to do whatever I wanted with this empty space, I just had to work with the existing bed,” says interior designer Tiffany Brooks. “I usually don’t get too jealous of my clients’ spaces, but this one still takes my breath away every time I look at the pictures! The craziest part is that by adding more furniture, it actually made the space feel larger.”

Meet the Expert

Tiffany Brooks is a professional interior designer with her own design firm in Chicago. She is a past winner of HGTV's Design Star, and is currently the designer and host behind HGTV's yearly Smart Home.


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Courtesy of Tiffany Brooks

“I wanted to create a bedroom that was upbeat and contemporary,” Brooks explains. “I started by giving a traditional style bed a bit of edginess through the bedding and backdrop. Then I spiced things up by adding crown molding and trim to the walls and painting everything black to help punctuate the architecture. Dimmers on the ceiling light and lamps give the space a calm feel.”


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Photo by Page Photography in Chicago; Courtesy of Tiffany Brooks

“I typically don’t like doing accent walls because they have a way of chopping up a room. But at the owner’s request, I did one and I have to admit, the geometric patterned grasscloth gives off the perfect amount of texture and adds depth to the space,” says Brooks.

What Changed:

  • Color Theme: Black and blue play off each other in the furniture, wallpaper, and curtains. 
  • Walls: The midnight blue sisal wallpaper on the accent wall is a contemporary take on a classic geometric flame stitch pattern; the remaining walls were painted in a calming blue hue (Benjamin Moore Santorini Blue) and the ceiling was covered in a crisp white color (Benjamin Moore Iceberg).
  • Lighting: The unique baroque-style starburst ceiling light draws the eyes up; the brass sconces, with their frosted glass, look vintage yet modern.
  • Window treatments: The existing wood shutters were dressed up with solid blue panels and trimmed with black banding at the bottom to correlate with the black chair rails and trim.
  • End tables: The three-drawer black Dorothy Draper-esk nightstands, with their circular gold pulls, provide a spot for the lamps and decorative accessories.
  • Mirrors: Vertical wood mirrors over the end tables feature beveled glass and a black satin finish; the round porcupine quill mirror over the brass shelving is made of glass and wood. 
  • Table: The round end table has a wood grain walnut veneer top and sits above a cast aluminum tapered base.
  • Chairs: The fretwork lattice on the chair’s arm panels and the brass plated legs compliment the art deco design; the gold mesh pillows accent the light fixture and lamps.
  • Prints: Black framed abstract wall prints, with streaks of blue, black, and white, tie into the room’s color theme.
  • Flooring: The existing wood floors were covered in a dark navy/gray area rug that’s been hand loomed and made from wool and art silk; the animal rug is made of gray cowhide.

Shop the Look:

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Photo by Page Photography in Chicago; Courtesy of Tiffany Brooks
blue chair
Candelabra Caracole Lattice Entertain You Chair $1,815.00
side table
Modclair Jacqui 3-Drawer Side Table - Black $1,321.00
Janice Minor "Porcupine Quill" Mirror $995.00