Cozy and Serene Primary Bedroom Reveal

These cozy and serene master bedroom design ideas can serve as inspiration as you create your own beautiful bedroom! Calming colors, soft textiles, and simple accessories give this master bedroom a light, airy, and inviting feel!

Cozy and Serene Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Our master bedroom is finally complete! Admittedly, I finished about 90% of the space a few months ago, but then I totally dragged my feet on finishing out the final details. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this… 😉 )

My goal for this room was to create a cozy, serene, and relaxing space for Donnie and me to hang out in. I’m pretty sure we made that happen, so I’m calling it a win!

The Master Bedroom Before

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When we first moved into our house nearly three years ago, the master bedroom was just like all of the other rooms in the house– a plain white box!

Empty Master Bedroom with White Walls and Beige Carpet

I added the absolute essentials but not much else, and at the one year mark of living in our house, the master looked like this:

Master Bedroom Before Photo

We installed a light fixture right after we moved in because we thought it might be convenient to be able to see in this room. 🙂 We also purchased a bed because we had moved to a king-sized mattress from a queen. (And this comforter and quilt as well.)

I had chosen the side tables shown in the photo above to act as nightstands, but I quickly realized that the lack of storage in them caused the surfaces to get cluttered quickly. After a few months, I moved them into our guest room and started searching for a replacement for the master.

Our house was full of so many other projects that our bedroom got put on the back burner (typical!), but every once in a while I would add a piece or swap something out or paint or add some accessories. I’m so excited to show you what it looks like today!

Cozy Master Bedroom Design Ideas

One of the first things I think about when I start planning out a bedroom design (or design for any room!) is how I want the room to feel. When I was thinking about our master bedroom, I knew I wanted it to feel calm and soothing. It is a place to rest and relax, after all!

Creating a Soothing Color Scheme

One of the biggest components I used to create this feel in our room was the color scheme. Everyone will have a slightly different idea of what “calm” and “soothing” feel like to them, but I decided on a greenish aqua, along with lots of white, gray, and natural wood tones.

Aqua and White and Gray Master Bedroom Decor

The wall color I ended up using is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. It comes across as a soft green in our space most of the time, but it can definitely be a chameleon depending on the light and other colors near it.

In some lighting situations throughout the day, I’ve seen it look more like a gray, and occasionally it even pulls a bit minty! It was just the calming color I was looking for though, and I love how all of the white really pops against it.

Coastal Cottage Master Bedroom

Finding Pretty and Practical Nightstands

While creating our bedroom design, the pieces that took me the longest to track down– by far– were the nightstands. I think I looked at just about every nightstand on the internet!

After using drawer-less side tables as nightstands for a while, I knew I wanted something with storage. And since they were going to be placed right in front of the windows, I needed pieces that were decently wide, but not too tall. I also didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on them, but since they needed to be fairly large as far as nightstands go, this was a challenge!

Finally, finally, I found these beauties when they were on sale, and they checked all of the necessary boxes. I couldn’t be more thrilled with them!

Coastal Wooden Three-Drawer Nightstand
Our blinds are these ones in the Bali Abaca color, and we have these curtains.

Pillows, Pillows, and More Pillows!

I may be just a smidge obsessed with pillows, so I got really excited when I found our beautiful center pillow at World Market, especially because the design on it it kind of mimicked the shape of the mirror I had chosen for above the bed. (Type A much? 😉 )

[I no longer see my exact pillow on World Market’s website, but they do have the same design in this beautiful color scheme.]

Throw Pillows in an Aqua, White, and Gray Master Bedroom

I grabbed three inexpensive velvet pillow covers from H&M to sit behind the medallion pillow. Behind those, I used three Euro-sized pillows with simple white shams, and our regular sleeping pillows are behind the Euros, propping everything up.

I warned you that I was a bit pillow obsessed!!

Green, Gray, and White Coastal Master Bedroom Design
We have these lamps on our nightstands.

Choosing Decor for a Large Wall

Of all decor decisions, wall decor tends to be the hardest for me. I just really struggle to find pieces that I love that fit into the scheme I’m going for.

I learned a long time ago that I prefer one or two large pieces to fill space on a big wall, rather than a bunch of smaller pieces because it feels less cluttered to me. (Totally a personal preference thing!) So I grabbed these arched windows + mini wreaths to use on our far wall.

Cottage Style Wall Decor and Reading Nook in Master Bedroom Design

Rather than hanging more items on the wall to fill the rest of the wall space, I used a tall floor lamp and a leaning full-length mirror. They seemed to do the trick!

Add a Cozy Reading Nook

I love little reading nooks and have several of them set up in our house, so naturally I was giddy when I figured out that I could fit a little chair and side table in this corner.

Reading Nook with White Slipcovered Chair, Full-length Mirror, Wooden Side Table, and Brass Floor Lamp

I think that bringing in a cushy chair, pillow, and throw adds to the cozy feel of the space. It’s also nice to have a spot to sit to put on our shoes, read, or just hang out and chat.

Reading in Reading Nook

Decorating Around a TV

Another dilemma I had when decorating this space was how to “camouflage” the TV.

I ended up going with a “less is more” strategy again, just bringing in a faux plant for some interest and hanging a simple sign above.

Painted Dresser with TV and Styled Accessories

I stumbled across this sign right when I had finished Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts Devotional, which is all about giving gratitude to God in all things, and I love having the reminder to be grateful each and every day!

Dresser and TV Stand in Master Bedroom

The “TV stand” is also Donnie’s dresser and used to be blue! I gave it a little makeover so it would fit in better with the rest of the room– you can see the details in this post.

Choosing Final Bedroom Design Details

The final little wall of the room holds my dresser, which is the IKEA HEMNES 6-drawer chest in white stain. The two simple frames hold family photos. At one point I realized that I had unintentionally removed nearly all of the family photos from our house, so I’m trying to add them back in wherever I can!

IKEA HEMNES Dresser, Styled Dresser Decor
The bench we have at the end of the bed is from HomeGoods. This one is similar.

(The door to the left of my dresser leads to our master bathroom and closet. The door to the right of the dresser goes to the upstairs hallway.)

Tray with Accessories in Coastal Cottage Master Bedroom

So that’s our room! It may have taken me a while to pull together, but I am thankful that Donnie and I finally have a calm and cozy space where we can relax!

Cozy Coastal Master Bedroom Design
You can find our rug here. I have the 8′ x 10′ size.

Here’s a little “before and after” shot…

Master Bedroom Before and After Photo

I love it when a plan comes together!

Thinking about using some of these ideas in your own space? Be sure to pin the image below so you can easily find this post later!

Decorating Ideas for a Cozy and Serene Master Bedroom


You can find sources for all of the items we used in our master bedroom by clicking on the images below.

Looking for more bedroom design inspiration? These posts should be helpful:

Sweet and Simple Guest Bedroom Decor

Townhouse Master Bedroom

“Let’s Go Adventuring!” Shared Kids’ Bedroom

Shared Kids’ Townhouse Bedroom

Have you made any updates to your master bedroom lately? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

Thanks so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!

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  1. We used Sea Salt in our master bedroom too, and I agree that it’s so soothing and calm. Great choice! 🙂

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      You know what they say… great minds… 😉 It is such a pretty color, right?! Hope you’re having a great week, Megan!

      ~Abby =)

  2. ‘Nice job! And your nightstands, what a great choice.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Jean! I love them too! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  3. at home with Ashley says:

    I love how you put the curtain rods higher up. It makes the ceiling look nice and tall, and adds a little drama. I feel soothed looking at your bedroom 🙂

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Yay! Mission accomplished! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Ashley! Have the best week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  4. Denise Hardy says:

    Your bedroom looks beautiful and serene. Everything you have chosen looks great all together. The bedside drawers are perfect in their space and the curtains and blinds make it all look cosy. Love everything about it and be proud of yourself for completing it so beautifully 🙂

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      You are too sweet! Thank you so much, Denise! We are loving it! Hope you have the best week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  5. What do you do with all (7, is it?) of your decorator pillows at night?

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      We put them on the floor beside the bed! 🙂

  6. It looks awesome Abby! I really love how you added the reading nook with a tall lamp.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Laurie! We are loving it too! 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Very soothing! The PRAY BIG block on the tray caught my eye. Did you make that?

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thank you! I actually found that little sign in a shop in Balboa Island when we were vacationing in California! I don’t think it would be too tricky to make though if you wanted to DIY it. 🙂 Have a great day!

  8. Kim @Serving Up Southern says:

    Hi Abby!
    Your bedroom is beautiful! I love your color choice. My bathrooms are sea salt, and three walls in our bedroom are Comfort Gray, which is one up from Sea Salt on the paint swatch. We have shiplap on the fourth wall, and it’s painted white. I love them both! You’ve created a lovely retreat to find rest in at the end of a busy day. Hope you’re weekend is off to a good start!
    >>> Kim

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      That sounds GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for stopping by, Kim! Have a wonderful week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  9. So pretty! Where did you get your window blinds?

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thank you so much! The blinds are from SelectBlinds!

  10. We considered sea salt but ended up with Palladia blue, which is also like a chameleons, switching from blue to green as the light changes. Would love to post a pic of my newly decorated bedroom.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      If you’re not able to post it, feel free to send me an email! I’d love to see it! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  11. I love the mirror above the bed!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thank you, Grace! I do, too! 🙂 Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Love, love, love it! Love how it all came together! Love your descriptions and reasons for your choices.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thank you, Debbie! We are definitely loving it! Hope you have a wonderful week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  13. Jessica Welling says:

    This is beautiful Abby!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Jessica! Have a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  14. This is your best one yet, Abby! It’s beautiful.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Marie! I am loving how it turned out. Hope you have a wonderful week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  15. Vicki Bray says:

    Great Job! It looks so calming and serene – love the brown with your color choices! I think I would find it hard to get up in the mornings sleeping in that bed!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      It does make me not want to leave my bed! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, Vicki! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  16. Terry Cross says:

    Oh I am in love with your nightstands! I’ve been looking for a dresser in that finish, thank you for sharing your beautiful master bedroom redu! I’m headed over to see if they have the matching dresser!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks so much, Terry! Hope you found what you were looking for! Have a great weekend! <3

      ~Abby =)

  17. It’s gorgeous Abby! I’ll admit, I would like your “before” bedroom too ?

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much! <3

      ~Abby =)

  18. You did a beautiful job with making your master bedroom inviting, calm and pretty! I am totally with you on big and simple on the wall versus cluttered and busy. It really adds to the over sense of peacefulness. I especially how you brought in your favorite color in a very soft and subtle way.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Kristine! I am loving it too! Have an awesome week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  19. Rebecca | rebeccaspianokeys.com says:

    It looks beautiful! Like a cute little boutique hotel! And I love the reading nook, but do you ever use it? I’ve always been curious about what people do with reading nooks and couches in bedrooms. Do you actually hang out in your bedroom as an adult? When I was a kid, I always hung out in my room, but as an adult I feel like the living room is my space. But I often wonder… would I spend more time in the bedroom reading or writing or working on my blog if I had a couch or chair in there?

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      We sit there to put on our shoes, and our kids like to come in and snuggle in that chair too. I will occasionally sit there and do a bit of work, but not super often. 🙂 Have a great day!

  20. We are hoping to decorate our master bedroom after 13 years in our home! Thanks for the inspiration! Our project is definitely well over due 🙂
    I love your blog & you tube. Thank you

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Rachel! Hope you have a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  21. Where is your mirror from in your bedroom? I need that one!!!!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      The full length mirror is from HomeGoods, and the one above the bed is from Target! Have a great day!

  22. It’s beautiful! Love the color scheme and how well all the accessories came together!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Kassi! I am loving it too! Hope you have a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  23. Maria Ortegon says:

    Good afternoon Abby.
    Can you please tell me where you buy all the décor and organizing pieces in your home?
    I LOVE THEM! Teal – Tiffany Blue is also MY FAVORITE COLOR! :d

  24. These are beautiful ideas. I love the muted tones. So relaxing.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks so much!

      ~Abby =)

  25. Where did you get your bed frame from?

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      It is the Prentice King Panel Bed from Ashley Furniture. It is linked in the post if you need help finding it!

      ~Abby =)

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