Who doesn’t love a good before-and-after? Get ready, because all month long I’m sharing a tour of our Texas home, including the living room, master bedroom, kids bedroom, my office, my husband’s office, and the kitchen. This week: the shared kids’ bedroom that my 5 year-old son and 2 year-old daughter loved.

Before and After: A Shared Kids Bedroom in Waco, Texas

Disclosure: Some of the products in this before-and-after were sponsored by brands I use and love for myself and for my clients, including Sherwin-Williams, Lamps Plus, and Metrie. Thanks for your support!

In a 1500 square foot home with two home offices,

we kinda sorta ran out of space for the kiddos. (Whoops!) So once 2- year old Hasley outgrew her nursery that was located in the master closet – yes, in a closet – she moved in with big brother Ford. And let me tell you, they LOVED sharing a room! Especially when it looked awesome.

But it wasn’t such a great space when we moved in. Here’s the kids’ bedroom, before.

Check out the stunning "after" of this shared kids bedroom design!
Here's the "before"...check out the stunning "after" of this shared kids bedroom design.

That wallpaper border, right? We tore that sucker down pretty quickly.

Just like in our master bedroom, the kids’ room was majorly lacking in architectural detail. We added crown molding and panel molding, and also replaced the baseboards with interior finishings from Metrie.

A colorful kids bedroom by interior designer Lesley Myrick, shared by a boy and girl

The wall color?

I know you’re shocked, but yes, it is a neutral! Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray is an easy-to-live-with neutral hue that isn’t beige. Bright colors work best in kids rooms when they’re in small, removable doses. Kids’ color preferences and tastes change so quickly, and it’s much easier to replace some accent pillows and a rug than it is to repaint a room.

Lighting is so important for creating a comfy, cozy kids space, so we included a vintage red lantern table lamp, as well as a vintage-inspired aged brass 3-light floor lamp from Lamps Plus.

Love this bedroom design shared by a boy and a girl

The gallery wall above Ford’s bed included artwork he created at daycare, school photos, and vintage prints. I prefer artwork to be hung lower, but when you’ve got a 5 year-old in the bed below you’ve gotta keep stuff out of reach!

The rug is iconically IKEA (but I bet you figured that out, as this rug has been seen everywhere in the last few years) and the burnt orange curtains are from Half Price Drapes.

You’ll notice that this shared kids bedroom is a lot more budget-friendly than some other spaces we’ve designed, because we knew we weren’t staying in this home forever, and because little kids ruin stuff. Ha.

Cute reading nook in a colorful shared kids bedroom by interior designer Lesley Myrick

This bookshelf is one of my favorite pieces that we’ve moved from California to Texas and now to Georgia. It used to be a store display for Madewell, and thanks to a friend who worked there, we rescued it from the trash. I can’t wait to see my daughter turn it into a dollhouse when she’s a bit older.

A built-in bookshelf with wallpaper by interior designer Lesley Myrick

This little built-in shelf tucked behind the door is one of my favorite features of this bedroom. A fresh coat of Sherwin-Williams Extra White paint (my favorite pure, clean white) and a little removable wallpaper jazzed it up nicely.

Now that we’ve moved into a larger home, Ford and Hasley each have their own bedrooms again. (Here’s Ford’s new room if you’d like to see.) I definitely miss this cute shared space, but I’ll be honest – we’re all sleeping better now that the kiddos aren’t within arms reach of each other all night!

Who doesn’t love a good before-and-after? Get ready, because all month long I’m sharing a tour of our Texas home, including the living room, master bedroom, kids bedroom, my office, my husband’s office, and the kitchen. Today: our navy master bedroom that doesn’t feel like a cave.

Before and After: A Navy Master Bedroom That Doesn't Feel Like a Cave

Disclosure: Some of the products in this before-and-after were sponsored by brands I use and love for myself and for my clients, including Sherwin-Williams, House of Antique Hardware, and Metrie. Thanks for your support!

When we bought our 1959 ranch home in Waco, Texas, the master bedroom kinda stumped us. It was this blank, white box with no personality whatsoever. And uggghh, that blue-grey carpet!

Here’s what the master bedroom like when we moved in.

Check out what this white box bedroom looks like after!
Whoa! Check out what this white box bedroom looks like after the makeover.

Underwhelming much?

This room was just screaming for architectural detail to be added, and thanks to our friends at Metrie, we were able to replace the baseboards with something taller and more substantial, add solid pine crown molding, replace all of the hollow interior doors with solid paneled beauties, and add applied panel moldings on the wall for visual interest.

I love a space that has character, and interior moldings are an awesome way to bring architectural detail to an otherwise boring room that’s lacking in personality.

Love this before and after of a bedroom with navy walls!

It took me ages to decide on using this navy wall color,

but it’s now become one of my faves – Sherwin-Williams Dark Night. I love that while the walls are dark and the room felt cozy, it doesn’t feel like a cave at all. Navy walls are totally trending this year and I’m all for it! (Here’s some more thoughts on using dark paint colors and if dark or light paint colors are better, if you’re interested.)

The panel molding is quite subtle with the navy wall color, but that’s exactly the point – it’s meant to bring texture and architectural interest to an otherwise plain wall.

Love this before and after of a bedroom with navy walls by interior designer Lesley Myrick

I can’t get over how pretty and classic the paneled doors are –

– plus, OMG, those brass doorknobs from House of Antique Hardware are divine! I love anything that feels like it’s from a New York Brownstone, and this door/hardware combo is totally classic NYC – even though it was in Waco.

The dresser is vintage (with the credit going to my husband for finding it at a local antique shop) and we replaced the lackluster wood hardware with these ebonized wood teardrop pulls and Victorian-style bin pulls.

Pretty navy bedroom walls!

The large mirror we used as a headboard was gifted from a friend, and the bedding is from Target. The brass lamp was scored at the Lamps Plus clearance center (located at their Chatsworth, CA headquarters).

You’ll probably notice a lot of similarities between this navy master bedroom in our Texas home, and the navy dining room in our Georgia home. That’s because the paint color, area rug, and large mirror were all repurposed in our new dining room when we moved. There’s no rule that says you can’t use a hot pink rug in a dining room, right?

Love this before and after of a bedroom with navy walls!

Thanks for following along with my Texas home tour! Next up is the super-cute bedroom my kiddos shared.

Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds! Wall color is Sherwin-Williams Chatroom.

How fun is this colorful boy’s bedroom with bunk beds?

I designed this space for my 5-year-old son Ford, with the intention that his little sister can crash in here too when we have houseguests.

This is what the bedroom looked like before we moved in, from the home’s online listing photos:

Before and After: A Colorful Boy's Bedroom with Bunk Beds

You know I’m down with an accent wall, but I don’t love this blue. Neither did Ford.

Ford has a LOT of opinions about his bedroom decor – I guess that’s what happens when you’re the child of an interior designer! He wanted bright orange walls (!) but knowing that we wanted this to be a room for him to grow into and not have to repaint in a year, I stuck with one of my favorite gray-green neutrals, Sherwin-Williams Chatroom. Instead of orange walls, we chose to use bright pops of orange on the bedding and window treatments.

Of course, the after photos:

Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds! Great decorating ideas for kids.

The bunk bed is new, as is the adorable metallic gold star bedding, but the other furnishings and decor were “recycled” from other spaces in our Texas home. The chevron loveseat was custom upholstered for our master bedroom; the curtains were in Ford’s previous bedroom; and the black and white area rug has been in pretty much every room in our home over the years. (Thank you, IKEA!)

Love this fun teal chevron sofa in a kids bedroom.

I love that Ford has added his own touches to the room,

including a Paw Patrol poster on the gallery wall. (I have to say, he did a pretty good job of placing it without my help.) While I like to get the foundation of the room in place, I love that he takes ownership and wants to help create a bedroom that’s unique to him.

Love this fun teal chevron sofa  and fur pillow in a kids bedroom.

I wanted him to have a bedroom that was colorful, comfortable, restful, and fun. We’ve used a lot of bold color – burnt orange, moss green, and teal – but it’s balanced with black, white, and neutral textures like rattan and galvanized metal.

Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds and pops of orange, green, and teal.

In case you’re curious about storage,

Ford does have a dresser that fits inside the closet. We wanted to leave as much floor space open as possible since it’s a pretty modest-sized room, so we’ve maximized the closet storage space.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking the before and after of this colorful boy’s bedroom (with bunk beds!) and a couple of other rooms in our Atlanta home too. In case you missed it, here’s the dining room and my office.

I’m not usually into pastels, but I’m bonkers in love with this blush and grey girls’ bedroom moodboard. (I mean, seriously, that tufted velvet sofa is amazeballs!)

This moodboard was part of a Design Kit for a fave client’s tween daughter and stepdaughter. You might have noticed on the Pinterest board below that the selections are from online retailers you’re probably already familiar with. With a DIY Design Kit we stick with retail vendors to make it easy for our clients to shop the selections on their own; and for our Design Comprehensive clients we source a lot more trade-only and custom pieces since we handle all the ordering.

I love being able to equip my cool clients with everything they need to create a kickass room – a design plan, moodboard, shopping links, floor plans, elevation drawings, and swatches. It takes the fear and guesswork out of design. You already know it’s gonna look stellar before you buy a single pillow!

PS. You might also want to check out this gorgeous teal office, cool kids playroom, romantic master bedroom, and French meets Mid-Century living room.

In the last What I Wish I’d Known post I shared my experience (and hard-earned knowledge) about choosing white paint colors. But what about the other end of the spectrum – choosing dark paint colors? I’m so psyched to see dark wall colors gaining popularity. They’re beautiful when done right, and not as scary as you might think.

Just because a wall is painted white does not guarantee that the room will have the bright expansive feeling that’s desired. (Bummer, right?) It’s counterintuitive, but in fact, a deep color can often be a better choice and actually make a space feel larger! While white walls bounce light and feel open and airy, dark colors recede. A deep wall color sits back and blurs the boundaries of a room, creating the illusion of a larger space, especially if the walls and ceiling are painted the same dark hue. I do love dark walls, but there are a few things you should know before committing.

What I Wish I’d Known About Choosing Dark Paint Colors

What I wish I'd known about choosing dark paint colors - tips and tricks from designer Lesley Myrick

There’s always something to learn when you try something new.

My experience painting my master bedroom in Sherwin-Williams Dark Night (my faaaavorite deep peacock blue) definitely taught me a few things about selecting and working with dark colors.

I prefer matte or flat paint for walls

over an eggshell or slightly glossy finish, but it’s a lot trickier painting a dark, matte wall than it looks! The paint store pros actually cautioned me against it.

It took a bit of convincing..

…and several days for them to source the right base paint and have it transferred from a different location before my Dark Night was in hand. Deep paint colors need a special base to tint correctly, and the product I needed was hard to track down.

When I finally got the correct formula, there didn’t seem to be as much forgiveness with the paint, and coverage took more work than with a lighter color or a color with more sheen. Also, while matte paint today is more durable than it once was, there’s a real difference in durability between a medium to light-hued matte paint and a deep, dark hue.

Scuffs, rubs, and water marks (from wiping the walls) do show up a lot more on a dark matte paint than I expected.

Here’s what I wish I’d known about choosing dark paint colors:

Dark paint colors are higher-maintenance, both in application and in day-to-day care. But – it’s totally worth it for the stunning results! The photo above is of my master bedroom and I can’t wait to share the finished space with you. Dark walls transformed this room into a rich and cozy sanctuary and were absolutely the best choice for the space.

French Eclectic Industrial Master Bedroom Moodboard | Lesley Myrick Art + Design, Interior Designer in Waco, TX

I gravitate towards interior design that blends and layers contrasting design styles, and this industrial-meets-french-eclectic master bedroom for a client in Houston, TX is no exception. When one half of the couple is into traditional, feminine French furnishings, and the other half prefers a cleaner, industrial look, my job (which I freakin’ love) is to merge and balance the two into one happy design plan.

This bedroom is gigantic and scale was mega-important when making design selections. The king-size bed needed large nightstands to feel balanced (these awesome faceted ones are actually chests of drawers so they’re quite generous in size) and the wing chairs needed some height to feel proportionate to the ultra-high ceilings. While this moodboard might look a little busy at first glance, when these furnishings are placed in the actual room there will be a lot more visual “breathing room” around everything. I can’t wait to see how this space comes together IRL.

Working virtually with clients on a Design Kit is a kickass option if you’re not in the Waco area, as everything is done via email and Zoom video calls. Clients provide measurements and photos of the rooms to be designed and answers to our Design Dossier questionnaire; you’ll receive a digital Design Kit with everything you need (like floor plans, moodboards, paint colors, furnishings selections, and finish samples) to completely transform a room as your time and budget allows.

Want your own custom master bedroom design? Here’s how to book your design package, and here’s what you need to know before your first meeting with a designer. ✌

A colorful and eclectic boys bedroom in Waco, Texas by Lesley Myrick Art + Design

You know what’s the funnest? Designing bedrooms for kids. Saturated color? Sure. Offbeat pattern mixing? Why not! Quirky lighting and decor? Bring it on. 

I designed this bedroom space for an 8 year-old boy in Waco with the intention of having it transition him into his teenage years. The existing sturdy wood bed, nightstand, and dresser provided a solid neutral starting point to introduce some industrial and masculine elements. There’s a playful vibe, but nothing is too juvenile. And the features that are a little more youthful can easily be switched out as he grows – for example, the funky triangle wall decals behind the dresser can be peeled off and removed if they’re no longer rocking his world in a few years.

While full-service interior design is totally my jam, I love helping homeowners with smaller spaces that need a quick refresh. Sometimes a fresh pair of (well-trained designer) eyes and the right resources are all you need to transform a dull room into something dynamite. If you’ve got a room that needs a mini-makeover, let’s chat.