disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams®.

close up view of rug and corner of chair

Can I let y’all in on a little secret?

I’ve been counting down the days to today.



The day the universe rejoices and the skies shower sunshine and the celebration begins and brilliant vivid hues burst forth in glorious song and color reigns supreme.

Today is the day to announce the Sherwin-Williams® 2021 Color of the Year. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I never miss a color of the year announcement or chance to makeover a room.

Like this one.

And this one or this one.

And the best part?

I made over an entire bedroom inspired by the 2021 Color of the Year with an amazing new wall treatment and the prettiest rug and a story.

An exciting page-turner of a tale.

Because just between us? Every really good before and after begins with the chapters of a story.

pillows on a bed

chair and bookcase in corner of room

nightstand next to bed

side view of bed and wall with window

Let’s start at the very beginning with the before.

This is a bedroom at my mother’s house. It’s tucked upstairs at the end of the hallway for the occasional guest. This is actually where we stayed when we renovated our current house.

My mother lives alone since my father passed away. With everything going on and all the challenges over the past couple of months, she’s been a little sad.

A little nervous.

A little overwhelmed.

And so?

I wanted to brighten her day. I wanted to treat her and make her feel special. I wanted her to have a room she could escape to. A place that was warm and welcoming and full of all the things and colors that she loved.

The challenge with this room? As you can see in the before pictures, it has a sloped ceiling and shorter walls. She also sustained some water damage from all the recent storms. Our goal was to fix the water damage and create an accent wall that incorporated the slanted ceiling and turned it into an advantage rather than an obstacle.

wood frame on wall

We started by fixing the water damage in the room and creating this accent wall with molding, incorporating the slanted ceiling as part of the design.

I’m going to show you how we created this wall in another post, but it’s super easy and only took about an afternoon to construct.

(The hardest part is figuring out the math on the project).

We primed everything first.

And caulked.

And painted the rest of the room Shoji White SW 7042.

And then?

We were ready for a little color. But not just any color. A color that brought a little of the outside in and created a warm and inviting place that my mother could relax in and feel secure.

This amazing color?

paintbrush resting on a paint can

It’s the Sherwin-Williams® 2021 Color of the Year:

Urbane Bronze SW 7048.

Look at that richness.

Look at the depth of the color.

Look at how AMAZING it’s going to look on this accent wall.

Are you ready for a little before and after?

pillows on a bed

Here’s the before.

fancy bedroom decor

And this?

This, my wonderful, amazing, incredible friends.


Please scroll up and look at the before one more time.

And then?

close up view of chandelier

close up view of pillows

fancy bedroom decor

Look at this.

My mother almost started crying when she saw it.

I told her about the room and I told her about the plans, and she told me she knew that she would like it.

But she had no idea how much she would LOVE IT.

decor on a nightstand

Here’s a close-up of the color on the walls.

The panels just bring a texture to the space that was lacking before.

We brought in new thrifted furniture, too.

Like this end table that we got for $5 and painted Shoji White SW 7042.

close up view of dresser handle

decor on shelves

corner chair and bookcase

Or this thrifted hutch that we bought for under $100 and painted it with Gateway Gray SW 7644.

I kept the original chair from this side of the room with its matching ottoman, layered in a pom pom throw and neutral pillow and added a poem from my father to my mother framed on the wall.

fancy decor bed

close up view of fabric

close up view of rug

close view chandelier

One of my favorite things about this room is the new chandelier.

We took down the original fixture and replaced it with this beaded chandelier.

Because the molding is wrapped up to the ceiling, it’s the perfect frame for the new light fixture in the space.

painted wood frame on wall

corner of room chair

nightstand decor

pillows on a bed

And then?

It was the bed’s turn.

I added a duvet covered with crisp white color and layers of pillows and textures on the bed.

My mother’s favorite thing?

The new throw that she could use on the bed or even sitting on the chair.

pillows on a bed

fancy decorated bedroom

wood frame painted on wall

To think this room all started with a little inspiration and the Sherwin-Williams® 2021 Color of the Year: Urbane Bronze SW 7048.

It makes me so happy to see my mother so happy.

It makes me so glad to see her feel safe and secure and a little less nervous and overwhelmed.

The room has an incredible story.

And the best part?

There are so many chapters left to write.

I see a sequel coming. 🙂

disclosure:  This post was written in collaboration with Sherwin-Williams.

All opinions are my own.

Please see my disclosure page for more information.

pillows on a bed

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  1. Image for Mary Joan Venesco Mary Joan Venesco

    I love love love this room. I am gasping! But mostly I am happy that your mother has a lovely safe haven.

  2. Image for Renae Renae

    I do love it when I'm a trendsetter BEFORE things become a trend. Urbane Bronze is the color of my bed, our interior doors and pretty much any piece of furniture that I'm like, "Um, I have no idea what color to paint this." The room is FABULOUS and I can only imagine how happy it makes your sweet mama. That's wonderful! Beautiful work, as always!!

  3. Image for Debbie Kirkland Debbie Kirkland

    Beautiful room! You are such a sweet daughter to do that for your mom. Love all your decorating ideas. Keep them coming. Can't wait for the next chapter!

  4. Image for marilyn ackerman marilyn ackerman

    Wow. Breathtaking. The details are fantastic. Love the poem idea. You are a terrific daughter. She is so blessed to have you and you to have her. Sherwin-Williams is a great company and their paint (and other things) is top of the line in my opinion. Your intro to this days post was most awe inspiring in itself

  5. Image for Jackie B Jackie B

    You are such a wonderful daughter! This room turned out spectacular! Your Mom must be a lovely lady to have a daughter like you! Have a blessed day!

  6. Image for Ann Ann

    The room is beautiful and so is your soul. What a wonderful gift to give your mother, including the love poem from your Dad. The new textured wall, paint and rug invites calm. Thank you for sharing this lovely gift. How talented you are.

  7. Image for Jane Frost Jane Frost

    Oh my! What a sweet daughter you are!! Such a blessing for your momma! And that room.....yes! As I go from picture to picture, it just continues to get better and better. The overall feeling of relaxation in that room is felt even through the photos. Not only are you a precious daughter, you are an amazing decorator!!

  8. Image for Calypso in the Country Calypso in the Country

    Wow - just wow! I am seriously blown away by this makeover, KariAnne! Not only is that color fantastic but you worked your magic to turn this room into a retreat! Your mom must be so thrilled! Cheers to you! Shelley

  9. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Oh, I could cry, it’s so beautiful. The transformation is unbelievable! I can somewhat relate to your mother, however, my amazing daughter and her family are just a mud room away. 😉 Enjoy your day! Nancy

  10. Image for Barbara Barbara

    The room is beautiful. I love to hear stories of people who still do things for their parents. I would love to know the source of the chandelier. It is amazing. I am looking forward to more of your projects.

  11. Image for Misty Misty

    Awww, I bet your mama is as sweet as you are. I'm so glad you were able to do this beautiful transformation for her. I love it so much, KariAnne!

  12. Image for Kris Kris

    Beautiful room. I can't quite figure out the color .... in the picture it almost looks to me like it has olive green tones--but anyway, it's warm and rich. I'm with your mother--love the throw! Can you please share the source? :)

  13. Image for Betsy Betsy

    How kind of you to do that for your Mom. I understand how she feels. We all need happiness in some shape or form right about now. Do you know where the rug is from? Thank you

  14. Image for Brenda Brenda

    what manufacturer is the rug and where did you get it? I love all your before and after projects. Long live thistlewood farms.

  15. Image for Gail Cunningham Gail Cunningham

    I honestly thought the first pictures were the end product, and congratulated myself on having similar cream covered walls! Then I gasped when I saw the REAL makeover...simply stunning!!! You've done it again, KariAnne!!! How happy your mom must be with the finished product!

  16. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Wowza! KariAnne it is truly magnificent. I love the color and how you framed the wall. That chandelier ❤️❤️❤️

  17. Image for Jessica Reichard-Lardinais Jessica Reichard-Lardinais

    Whoa!!! That is a STUNNING transformation. Seriously...I love the drama, yet coziness of that bedroom!

  18. Image for Amy Holwell Amy Holwell

    It’s looks fantastic, KariAnne! It’s such kind and thoughtful gift to give your mom. What a stunning transformation from quaint to WOW! Love the new SW color of the year too. Now about that rug? Where can I get one - love, love, love!

  19. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    Every mom should have a daughter like you to care for her and bless her in so many ways. You all did a great job! Doesn't look like the same room at all.

  20. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Math is hard. (For me) Loving this room and what you have given your Mom is not. Beautiful color for a beautiful Mom from a beautiful daughter. :)

  21. Image for phyllis phyllis

    This story is going to be a best seller. I cannot love and admire you more for your wonderful gift to your mother. I'm hoping you plan to share your bedding and rug sources when you are finished signing autographs!


    What a great gift to your mom. The room is beautiful. Your love for her is reflected in the care you took in the room. What a great daughter you are!

  23. Image for Coreena Spitzley Coreena Spitzley

    This room is gorgeous! Love everything about it. I'm so happy that you were able create this special haven for you mom. What a blessing!

  24. Image for Mary Ellen Berg Mary Ellen Berg

    Absolutely beautiful! This room looks so warm and cozy and a real sanctuary for your mother. I agree, I love the throw and it looks wonderful with the paint color. Such an inviting room. You nailed it!

  25. Image for Tracey Tracey

    What an absolutely beautiful room!! I love everything about it. You are so talented! I was thinking of using this colour as the trim around the windows on our natural colour rough sawn cedar lake house. I love the way you have used it in your mother’s room with the panelling.. just lovely!!

  26. Image for Michele M / Finch Rest Michele M / Finch Rest

    Oh my gosh!!!!!! First off, you are an angel and your momma deserves this. Secondly - that color ROCKS! I absolutely looooove SW CotY!!! And last but not least- this transformation is beyond gorgeous. I cannot even believe it is the same space. KA, you performed your magic yet again. You have an amazing talent and I love that you share it with others. Well done, KA and helpers - and to SW sponsoring such a talented influencer. I seriously am looking around and where I can paint that gorgeous color. Do us a favor? Or me individually? How would you describe that color? Monitors can be fickle. Just wondering.

  27. Image for Tamm Tamm

    Oh my, how gorgeous!! These colors are the combination im going for in my living room!! Thanks for sharing! Your Mom is so blessed! Please let me know where you got the rug. Its beautiful!

  28. Image for Charlotte Snodgrass Charlotte Snodgrass

    The room is very classy! Very well done and I love Urban Bronze. I’ve been searching for a rug for the past few days and this rug is exactly what I a want. Please share the source soon.

  29. Image for Dana Dana

    Beautiful!!!! I love the dark wall contrast.... very nicely done.... I’m also loving the rug. It has such great colors....can you share where it’s from?

  30. Image for Sarah Johns Sarah Johns

    I literally gasped when I saw the after!!! Love it and I am sure your Mother does too. I bed she can't wait to be able to have a guest visit to show it off.

  31. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    This is such a beautiful room full of color and love. I know your mom was thrilled and i know it was wonderful for you to see the look on her face, this is a memory made to enjoy for a lifetime.

  32. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    Oh my goodness! This space! It’s so beautiful, friend! I love the wall treatment. We have the same walls, upstairs, in our new build! I may have to try! The chandelier is 😍!! So many pretty things, it’s hard to pick my favorite! Well done!!!

  33. Image for Ann C Ann C

    Can you describe the color for us? The paint can & brush appear a gray-green, but the walls look mostly a charcoal color. And we all know you can’t tell a color by its name most of the time unless they add the color to the name. The room looks wonderful and cozy. I would never have guessed doing just one wall would make that much of an impact. You are a good daughter. Bless your mom.

  34. Image for beverlee b lyons beverlee b lyons

    For all of you doing things for your Mama's.....my heart sings, and my eyes cry. Thank you. (and the room is fabulous)

  35. Image for Kim Kim

    Outstanding. Your amazing eye is evident in every room you makeover. And I'm so happy for your mom. It must be a bright spot in her home. I wouldn't be surprised if she "vacationed" in there occasionally. Now I am off to see what room I can paint that dreamy color and to find a napkin to wipe the drool off my chin. ;)

  36. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Simply wonderful! It has your touch, which is an extra reason your mother will love it. You did a beautiful job and I think you probably did not spend an arm and a leg on it. Good daughter (and son-in-law).

  37. Image for Gina Gina

    Shut the front door!!!! As in, that's my front door color!!! Haha Love the room. My mom is a widow, too. I feel for them. Lucky they have us.😊

  38. Image for Christie Christie

    The room is stunning. The wall treatment is wonderful and something I'd like to do in our similar room. But, the most amazing thing about this room? The comfort and bit of peace it is bringing to your mother. All of the love that went into choosing and preparing each piece and part will bring her some contentment and warmth. She'll feel surrounded by your caring. Great job!

  39. Image for Mary Anne Russo Mary Anne Russo

    KariAnne it looks wonderful! I usually don’t like dark colors but you did a fabulous job incorporating a feel of lightness with cozy comfort! Love it! I am sure your mom will feel so relaxed in this special space!

  40. Image for Marie Marie

    Wow! The room looks elegant & gorgeous. Your mom must be on cloud 9. I love the paneling; it adds so much interest. And the new color kicks up the drama even more.

  41. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Oh, my....not at all "my colors" but I'm totally smitten with it! How beautiful the room turned out for your Mother. She deserves it!

  42. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    I love, love, love this room and that paint color. What a transformation and it is so spacious. I'm glad your Mom is pleased.

  43. Image for pamela smith pamela smith

    This is so beautiful! Of course, I wouldn't expect anything less! I love everything you did to the room. I am using it as inspiration for my master bedroom makeover!

  44. Image for Pat Pat

    That paint is an amazing color! Adding the paneled wall was just a brilliant idea! And I agree with your Mom that nubby texture throw is lovely. Great job! xo Pat

  45. Image for Eileen Eileen

    There I am, scrolling along your post, ta da ta da and THEN, WOW. My chin hit the floor. Your creativity continues to boggle my mind. Good for you and your Mom!! And I know hubby was right there beside you, too!!!!

  46. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    KariAnne, this is such an amazing transformation! You are a thoughtful daughter, and I can see why your mother loved it! Beautiful color!

  47. Image for Mary S Mary S

    Be Still My Heart!!!!! You did a STUNNING JOB!!! Any way you could come to Saint Louis,,,, just for a few hours???? hahahaha!! It's MAGIC!!! I WANT THE THROW, MOST OF THE PILLOW, THE BASKET AND THE RUG!!! Can you help me out there???

  48. Image for Juliet Juliet

    First of all, I'm completely in love with this color! It's not color of the year for nothing. But, when I read the story behind the makeover ... well, I love it all the more! What a wonderful retreat for your sweet mom. How can she possibly decide between cozying up in her comfy chair or diving into that fluffy bed?! The paneling is brilliant ... and the chandelier. Wow! But your thrift find ... seriously! Well done, KariAnne ... you're an amazing daughter! xo

  49. Image for reenie reenie

    I absolutely love this transformation....all the natural light coming in seems so warm and cozy...just lovely! I could actually imagine the joy and excitement you must have been feeling when you were getting ready for the big reveal for your mom!! Omg...drum roll please!! Another great Before & After!!

  50. Image for Sandra Sandra

    WOW....great job. That's a stunning transformation. I'm envious of your ability to decorate. Wish I had a third of your talent :) It's a cozy room anyone would be comfortable it

  51. Image for Ellen Ellen

    this makeover is fabulous. It definitely gives me inspiration for my guest bedroom which is now rather blah. Wonderful job!

  52. Image for Leya Leya

    WHAT!!! Oh my gosh I cannot believe the transformation! I literally gasped. I bet your mom will want to make it her master bedroom. You did an excellent job.

  53. Image for Kimberly Lrwis Kimberly Lrwis

    Just Beautiful!! Have been wanting to do a wall in my bedroom with the paneled look I saw on line.. I have z very small room. Bed only goes one way dud to double doors on closet addition fro previous owner. But want to camoflage doors iinto wall with this paneled look. Anyway, just absolutely beautiful room . Such a wonderful thoughtful gift to your mother. :)

  54. Image for Sue Sue

    Let me pick my jaw off the floor. Who would not cry, it’s beautiful, beautiful, beau-ti-ful. That poem from your father is a real tear jerker

  55. Image for Sue Sue

    Let me pick my jaw off the floor. Who would not cry, it’s beautiful, beautiful, beau-ti-ful. That poem from your father is a real tear jerker. Lucky mother.

  56. Image for jayne jayne

    Wowzer!!! What an amazing makeover KariAnne! I love the colours and textures and that you upcycled some of the furniture. It's so beautiful, and you have such a talent!

  57. Image for Holly Holly

    There are no words to adequately describe this transformation! I kept scrolling between BEFORE and AFTER because it's such a HUGE difference!!

  58. Image for Patti Patti

    I have only two words for this makeover ... HOLY *bleep*! Seriously, that's literally what I said when I saw the 'after' picture. I scrolled back and forth several times in amazement at the changes. I always love 'before' and 'afters' and yours never disappoint but this one is by far my most favorite of all of yours I've seen!!!

  59. Image for Kim T. Kim T.

    Your MAMA GIFT is magnificent! Impressive! I've been looking for ideas online at some of the brand new 700 thousand and up to 1.5 million dollar homes in the West, and oh my, this particular wall treatment is in some of the rooms or variations of size. Cool! What you did with that color and the seemingly simple supplies is gorgeous! Looking forward to reading your how-to on that wall treatment. Especially wonderful that you made your mom so happy! I love this post!

  60. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    OH WPW!!! Just WOW!!! It's beautiful, KariAnne! I'll best your mom sleeps in it just to surround herself with all that beauty! You did a wonderful job. Kudos! ❤

  61. Image for Kat Kat

    Your mother was crying? I was crying!!!!😀 This is exactly how I want our master bedroom to look! It’s absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to get started. The rug, the paint color, the wall. Simply perfect!

  62. Image for Kat Kat

    Your mother was crying? I was crying!!!!😀 This is exactly how I want our master bedroom to look! It’s absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to get started. The rug, the paint color, the wall. Simply perfect! Source for the rug?

  63. Image for Rose Rose

    Wow, what a gift you are to your mom. That’s such a beautiful room. I only have one question, where did you get that rug?


    KariAnne, how blessed you are to have such a precious Mom to love, care for and do nice things for! (I know she feels so blessed to have such a precious daughter, too!) You have done such a wonderful job of redoing your Mom's Guest Bedroom! It's just so beautiful! I know that your dear Hubby helped you, too! The feature wall is so nice. Also love what you did with the hutch! The new bed linens and accessories are beautiful and everything goes together just perfectly. I know that each time your dear Mom looks at her Guest Bedroom, she will have wonderful memories of what you have done for her. Bless your dear hearts!

  65. Image for Yvonne Yvonne

    I love the Shoji White on the end table as well as everything you’ve done, what kind of paint finish did you use ( flat, matte)?????

  66. Image for V. V.

    Why are there no replies to any questions? I too would like to know the rug source and what sheen the paint is. Thank you.

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