Only 15 more days till the big move!
To say that we’re excited to be moving into our new home in a couple of weeks would be a bit of an understatement! We can’t wait to get back stuck into messy DIY projects and finally really starting to settle into our new lives here in Berlin.
We already have so many projects planned and so many decorating decisions to make that my mind is spinning. With a whole new apartment to renovate there are just so many options but we’ve finally decided on the first room we’ll be tackling – the guest bedroom!
It may seem like a bit of a weird choice to decorate a room that we’ll essentially not be using much ourselves but there are a few reasons behind our decision. Firstly, it’s one of the only rooms that’s “standalone”. What I mean by that is that it’s a room where we’re not planning any major building work and it’s a space that can be completed without it affecting any other area in the house or – more importantly – any other area of the house affecting it.
On top of that, we’ll be using it as our main bedroom to start with. Having a space to retreat to is sooo important when renovating somewhere you’re living in and this room only needs a few improvements before painting and decorating so it’s a perfect choice as it should be fairly quick to complete. (Famous last words, right?)
Here’s our guest bedroom mood board with inspiration and ideas.
Paint & Panelling
One of the differences to our usual way of decorating is that we’re planning on painting everything the same colour – ceiling, skirting, woodwork, door and radiator. Yep, everything!
I have a feeling there will be a lot of paint testers involved before we find the right colour! With so many surfaces to paint we definitely want to be certain that we’re making the right choice!
Another reason for our muted and safe grey colour palette is that we’d like the bedroom to feel sophisticated, calm and tranquil. Overall this apartment feels really grown up and way more grand than we’re used to (or are!) so we’d also like it to fit with the style of the apartment and building.
To go with the more sophisticated feel we’d like to add panelling to the walls. I love panelling (we added it to the staircase wall in our last house) and it will hopefully help add to the sophisticated feel.
Floor finishes & Rugs
The current plan is to sand the original wooden floorboards. It’s a look that we love and best of all it’s also easy to keep clean. To soften the area around the bed and have somewhere soft to land when you jump out of bed in the mornings we’d also like a large rug.
I love this one from Urbanara (who I’ve discovered since living in Germany but they deliver to the UK, too) because of the texture. I’m not sure how practical a while rug will be but it is a bedroom and we’re “no shoes in the house” kind of people so I think it’s worth taking a risk.
One of my favourite items on the mood board is the gorgeous starburst ceiling lamp. It’s been on my wish list for such a long time. I love it and think it would work so well with the grey walls and high ceilings.
If possible, we’d like to have bedside pendants that hang down directly from the ceiling. I know that this will involve a bit of faffing with the electrics but I love the sleek look and think it could work really well with our super high ceilings.
Bed, Bedding & Mattress
It wouldn’t be a bedroom without a super comfortable bed to jump into, would it?
I’m so excited about getting a new bed. We bought our current one over 10 years ago from Ikea for around 30 Euro as a temporary solution and it’s still the one we have today!
I love this one from Sofa.com. The tufted headboard is lovely and it has a grown-up luxurious feel.
Because our rooms are all fairly large we’ll be able to go for a luxurious super king size bed which I’m really excited about the only problem (if you can call it that) is that our current bed is smaller so we’ll also have to purchase a new mattress. We’re thinking about giving one of the memory foam type mattresses a try. They seem too good to be true but I’ve already been doing some research and most companies offer free trials. We’d love to know if you have any recommendations or experiences, though!
The very first thing we bought when we moved to Berlin were some new towels. We treated ourselves to these soft and fluffy ones by Christy (considering they’re made in Manchester it admittedly seems kind of mad to wait till we move to another country to then buy towels that were produced around the corner!). Anyway, we love our new towels so much that we’d love to treat ourselves to some gorgeous new Christy bedding, too. There’s nothing nicer than jumping into a bed with luxury bed linen to snuggle up in (yep, you can call me a thread count snob!).
Seating & Desk
The bedroom is quite large so we should be able to add some seating. It’ll be lovely for guests to have somewhere to sit down and relax after a long day of sightseeing without feeling like they have to spend time with us. I love this velvet covered love seat and the brushed brass side table which adds a bit of glamour.
I like the idea of having a small desk in the room but it’s totally optional. It’s something I like to have in a hotel room and it seems like almost everyone travels with some kind of gadget, laptop or tablet so it would be nice to have an area to sit down on a gorgeous Eames chair and spend time checking emails etc. Essentially it’s more of a surface where people can put down all of their junk and bits and pieces, though.
We’re still unsure of what kind of storage we’d like to have. We’ll definitely need some kind of clothes storage but we’ve not really found anything we like, yet! There’s plenty of space and we know where the storage should go – we just don’t know what it will look like!
Art & Accessories
With the colours in this room being very muted and subtle we’ll definitely be adding some fun and colourful art and accessories to brighten up the room.
We’ve been discovering so many great new shops and designers in Berlin like Serigraphica and S-Wert Design and I’ve already been buying way too much new art for our new apartment.
The guest bedroom mood board is still very much a work in progress and I’m sure we’ll change our minds a lot of times before the room is completed. I know that some people create mood boards and then almost completely stick to them but for us, a mood board is more about seeing what overall feel we’d like to create in the room rather than completely clinging to the products and design choices on the board.
How do you plan your rooms? Do you create mood boards to help you design a room?