Rental Chic: Gray + Gold Bedroom Inspiration

July 05, 2017


I'm here today with another mood board to share with you in my Rental Chic series - our Gray and Gold Master Bedroom! If you missed the Rental Chic Intro or the Living Room Mood Board, be sure to go check those out as well!

I am a pretty big fan of colors. Usually, I say the more the merrier and end up with a full rainbow of colors in most rooms I design. But this room was different... this was the first bedroom I would share with a boy! So, of course, I wanted to take his ideas into account as well. Logan couldn't care less about most home decor decisions, but when asked (and shown Pinterest images for inspiration) he actually did have some opinions about what he thought our bedroom should look like. Mostly, he leaned towards darker colors, a strong dreamy or retreat-like feeling, and not too modern design choices (which is hard for this mid-century loving girl!). BUT I figured those requests weren't too much to ask for a room that's half his anyway ;)

We were at Hobby Lobby one day when I came across this gold birch trees canvas and instantly fell in love! (I suggest clicking on that link and looking at the zoomed in version - there are a ton of gorgeous details!) I loved that the gold leaf accents made it feel really glam, but it was still peaceful and nature-y since it was an image of trees! Nature-y is the right word to use here, isn't in? Nature isn't really my thing! BUT it is my husband's and I'm pretty sure he would live in a cabin in this middle of the woods if I wouldn't go crazy. So, this canvas seemed like a great mix of both our styles... Almost like we were looking out the window of a little, serene shack in the woods after a beautiful gold glitter storm :P

source: Hobby Lobby

Thankfully, Logan agreed that gray and gold was a winning combination! Gray is easily my favorite neutral. Some people feel it can be too cold or sterile, but I think when you pair it with a gold or mid-tone wood, it helps to keep it warm and cozy!

With a color scheme in mind, I turned to Pinterest for more inspiration (of course). If you're a visual person like me, I can't recommend doing some research and pulling together some specific ideas before you start trying to buy things! It helps you really nail down your vision and inspiration before you waste money on things that just don't work together.













We really wanted a room that felt dreamy, hazy, and sanctuary like. Simple lines, soft textures, and subtle nature references would all help! We decided to stay away from black and keep everything really close in color. Not quite monochromatic but definitely all in the same, mid-tone range - metallic gold, warm wood, and medium grays. The walls in our apartment are a soft cream and we knew we wouldn't be painting them. Neither of us is crazy about stark white rooms, so we knew we would want to pull in a lot of color through the accessories and decor. 

Overall, the goal we came up with was a great meshing of both our ideas. The gray helps to darken things up, which is something Logan really wanted. All the textures and natural accents keep it feeling very calming and retreat-like which was another of Logan's requests. And since mid-century is my favorite style at the moment, of course I had to pull in some accents! But since Logan voiced he didn't want anything too extremely modern, I tried to stick to very simple and subtly inspired pieces that he ended up loving as well! 

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So there's a peek at the image in my head! In the next couple weeks, I'll share an update on how well we've done at making that vision a reality.

ALTHOUGH... if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a sneak peek a few weeks ago... Did you miss it!? You can check it out here! And be sure to follow on Instagram for more behind-the-post peeks!



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9 comments

  1. Our master bedroom is painted gray, so I obviously love this! I'll have to start looking for some gold accents to add in!

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    1. Clearly I think they go perfectly together :) You should try!

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  2. I really am loving gray more and more! I think it's because of Pinterest haha. These are all great ideas, I love it! Keep us updated on what you decide with.
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  3. Great inspiration. Really like the mid-century modern touches!

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  4. I love looking at home decor ideas. I'm currently renting a place so I can't go all out with my decorating. Pity because the wallpaper is seriously ugly haha

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    1. We're renting too so I know the struggle! Just wait till you see this kitchen 😩 Rental problems are what this whole series is about! Trying to make the most of a less than idea situation lol

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  5. I love the moodboard that you made for this- so cute!! I think you were so smart to invest in your space while renting. I was always like "we're going to move", but it totally impacted how I felt in our home.

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    1. Thanks!! It's interesting to try to find the balance between not enough / too much! But I definitely want this place to feel like home! We've been here 9 months already and will be for at least another 12 so it helps to know it's a little a little more long term!

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