Last week we shared what we’re planning in our new loft bedroom and walk-in wardrobe. With the loft conversion project currently on hold, improving our current master bedroom has become more of a priority.
We’ve already completed all of the building work including updating the electrics, restoring the fireplace, having a new radiator and new windows fitted and having plastered and decorated the room, too.
Considering it used to look like this…
and now looks like this…
I’d say we’ve not done too badly, but we do have a tendency to finish the building work and then just stuff a bunch of random furniture in a room and call it done – needless to say our bedroom isn’t.
Almost nothing is really finished, we have a severe storage problem (or just too many clothes) and our bed which we bought for about £30 over 10 years ago has seen better days. Our artwork (if you can even call it that) is just framed wrapping paper so that the frames at least arent’t empty.
Yes, the room has come a long way since the days where most floorboards were piled up on one side of the room but it’s definitely time for a bedroom refresh. It may seem weird to think about updating a room when there are still so many other jobs to do, but it was never really done, so it’s more of a “think things through and actually get them done” project than a makeover.
Here’s what we’re planning
#1 We painted the bedroom about 4 years ago and we still really love the soft warm colour (it’s Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball). Usually I get bored of seeing the same colours, but as we’re still really happy with this one, we’ll definitely be keeping it.
#2 The biggest change we’re planning is a new bed. We bought our existing one when we first moved in together and it’s really seen better days. It used to be grey and we spray-painted it white to fit in slightly better with the room, but it still doesn’t really look right. We love that this pine bed is large and chunky (it has to be king-size for us) and that the wood will add both warmth and a bit of structure to the room.
#3 To go with the new bed, we’d love to treat ourselves to a lovely new set of bedding. We really love this white quilt cover with blue detail around the edge and think it would work really well with the colour of our walls. We already have some other Sheridan bedding and whilst their bedding is on the pricey side (we bought all of ours on offer) for us it’s an investment that’s worth it. There’s nothing quite like waking up in 1200 thread count Egyptian cotton!
More pillows are a bit of a controversial subject around here, I think that they always make a bed look so inviting. Whenever I see a beautifully styled bed in a furniture store I always have to force myself not to jump on it and curl up under the duvet. Okay, so that might be a slight exaggeration, but I really do think that lots of pillows make a bed look really comfortable and welcoming.
#4 Mirrors are great for bouncing light around the room and making the room seem larger. Being able to see what you look like in the mornings may not always be a good thing, but a good mirror in our bedroom is a must. We don’t have space for a dressing table, so this mirror would be perfect for our existing chest of drawers. Whilst we don’t like things to be too matchy-matchy, we always feel that it’s good to have a few things that go together in order to create a more coherent scheme and this mirror would go really well with the pine bed.
In addition to mirrors, art is a big part of any room and for us it can make the difference between a room that looks great but feels like it’s out of a catalogue and a room that looks great and is personal to you. That’s why we would definitely like to add a few more personal touches to the room. Adding art is quick and easy, but actually finding art we love is more difficult than you’d think. We probably just have to be less fussy!
#5 Ever since first ‘finishing’ the room we’ve wanted a large rug for under and around the bed. We love our original sanded floorboards, but it would be nice to have something soft under our feet when jumping out of bed in the morning and we’ve finally found a rug that we like! This rug (it’s Maya May09 by Calvin Klein) would be perfect for the room, it’s the ideal size and I also think that it would add some more much needed texture and coziness to the room.
At the moment everything is a bit beige and neutral and by adding splashes of blues and greys along with the texture of the pine furniture we’ll be adding a bit more colour, depth and interest to the room.
#6 We could really do with some extra storage, but don’t really have the space for a bigger wardrobe or more cupboards. A blanket box in the bay window would be a great way to squash in just a little more storage and has the added bonus of somewhere to sit (or cover in piles of clothes!).
#7 +8 Working with what we have and not wanting (or needing) to replace everything, we’ll be keeping our light fitting, bedside tables and lamps as well as the curtains and our furniture (other than the bed of course). They’re all items we still like (except maybe for the chest of drawers) and really don’t feel like they need updating. After all, a bedroom refresh doesn’t mean that we have to change everything.
Do you have enough storage space in your house? What do you think makes the perfect bedroom?
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