Jillian Harris's Bedroom Design Basics

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Jillian Harris: Bedroom Design Basics

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Jillian Harris

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April 8, 2014

This room I did for Love It or List It Vancouver was such a fun family to work with.

So full of interesting aspects: the kids speak Spanish, David plays in a rock band, and their house was basically already beautifully renovated… the latter, actually, always makes it harder for me and the design team.

We love to surprise with super transformations and when the start is as good as their house was, well, we really have to work even harder!

Thankfully what they called a “master bedroom” was nothing like it so we decided to focused on it to WOW and convince the homeowners to LOVE IT.

We took over the roof, gave them new extra square footage, and created a real and spectacular Master Bedroom with capital M.

I always talk about accessories, but today I will share some of my basics. Yes, accessories do A LOT, set the mood, and sell the space... but you really need to have a good canvas to start from. Here are some of my go-to items.


Nothing better than fresh clean classic WHITE. For this bedroom's walls we used Behr Polar Bear 1875 Flat Finish and for the trim, I used what I use almost all of the time: BEHR Ultra Pure White in semi-gloss.

Hardwood Floors

I try to always stay away from carpet… but I know, it is not always possible. But when it is, you should definitely do it! It's hard to go wrong with hardwood flooring - I love them all! For this project we used the fabulous Mercier Flooring.

Upholstered Headboard

You can find some really great affordable ones of you look carefully. It's best to choose a neutral/classic colour so that you can go a little crazier with the bedding. 

As a rule of thumb I tend to choose pendants or chandeliers as opposed to flush mount ceiling lights.

Hardwired Lighting Fixtures

It’s hard to just talk about one single design I go to - so many incredible lighting designers these days! However, as a rule of thumb I tend to choose pendants or chandeliers as opposed to flush mount ceiling lights.


I added this ottoman because it is really such a fantastic little piece of furniture. I know, I know... this is more in the “accessories” category, but it is really one of my go-to pieces and I thought you'd like it! It's a steal from Target, and it’s little, yet practical and we can all afford it. Use it in a bedroom, entrance, office, or, off course, most naturally in the living room. It’s a practical piece that will get a lot of use.

Check out Jillian's recipe blogs for W Network here.

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