Given that we painted our bedroom almost a year ago, we’re definitely well overdue sharing our “finished” room. But before we get stuck in, here’s a quick reminder of what the room used to look like.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll already know that we’re not ones for big reveals. Things tend to happen much more organically around here – mainly because we never have the budget for a full-on makeover and usually end up adding things over time. For now though, we’re calling this room finished!
We sanded the floors and painted everything. And, when I say everything, I really mean it! We painted the walls, the doors, the radiators, the skirting and even the sockets and light switches – all in the same colour.
We love the colour so much that we definitely got carried away (it’s colour matched Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball) and just couldn’t stop ourselves. Painting the light switches and sockets seemed mad and I admit that I wasn’t sure how well they’d hold up but so far there’s not a scratch on them! If you have yucky switches or just fancy something different it’s something I’d definitely recommend.
We obviously still have things we’d like to improve and change but for now, it’ll have to do!
In the long term, the biggest change we’ll be making is adding a door to our (then) walk-in wardrobe but there are also a bunch of smaller things I’d like to do. I’d love a bench at the end of the bed, I’d definitely like some more art and a pretty footstool for the armchair would be good, too.
I still really like our capiz ceiling light but it’s a bit on the small side for the room so that’s something that I’d like to replace in the long run, too. The same also goes for our chest of drawers which I’ve had since I was a student!
It’s seen better days which probably isn’t helped by the fact that it’s moved with me 8 times and although it held up fine for most of those moves, the movers on our Manchester to Berlin journey managed to crack the side.
The colour we opted for is obviously fairly dark. As always, colour choice is totally down to personal preference and we love it but we had a few other reasons for going dark in here, too.
All of our rooms are extremely light with super large windows so this room could take pretty much any colour. The bedroom is also east facing and, whilst it’s nice to have the sun streaming into the bedroom in the mornings, it’s also nice to have the darker colour on the walls which balances some of the brightness.
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As you can see, we have a few new items in here, too. Some of them might even seem familiar as we’d shared them on our guest bedroom mood board. We purchased both the textured rug and the velvet-covered armchair for the guest room but I love them so much that I decided that I’d rather have them in our room!
Another thing we’d like to update is our bedding (admittedly it would have helped if I’d bothered to iron it before taking the pictures!). We usually love plain white sheets because they feel so crisp and clean but I’m open to the idea of something with a bit of pattern. I totally admit that I’m a bit of a bedding snob and there’s nothing I love more than crawling into a clean bed with thick, luxurious bedding.
We already shared our curtain dilemma a while ago. Our ceilings are so high which means that it’s impossible to buy ready-made curtains. Inevitably, having curtains made is super expensive (our quote for the guest bedroom was over 2000 Euros!) and because we’re working to a strict budget, a few of you guys recommended adding a panel to the curtains to make them longer and that’s exactly what we did (when I say “we”, I actually mean my Mum – thanks Mum!).
Because the curtains we have are from Ikea (they’re Blekviva in a cream colour) we were able to purchase another set of them and were able to use the same material to extend them by 45 cm.
There’s obviously a seam where the two are connected but it’s barely visible and if you didn’t know it was there you wouldn’t notice it at all.
Something else that works really well for us is our new DIY copper ladder. It’s great for messy people like us who’s bedroom floor always seems to be covered in clothes. Or at least used to be!
We’ll share a tutorial on how we built the ladder next week but needless to say it was really easy and basically just involved cutting some pipes and sticking them together!
The next thing we’ll be doing in here will be installing the door to our walk-in wardrobe. For now, we’ll be enjoying the room as it is. After all, it’s nice to have a few DIY breaks now and again. The novelty of living in dust and dirt definitely wears off after a while, too!
Here’s where we got what:
- Walls | Inchyra Blue (usually by Farrow & Ball but we tried colour matching for the first time in this room)
- Bed | Tyssedal from Ikea
- Mattress | Foam & latex mattress by Bruno Mattress (gifted)
- Rug | Romo by Urbanara in 200 x 300 cm
- Throw | Christobel White Bedcover by Sheridan
- Bedside Cabinets | Componibili by Kartell (in silver)
- Armchair | Scott from Made.com (in petrol)
- Floor lamp | Delaktig from Ikea
- Cushion | Pieni Unikko by Marimekko
- Copper blanket ladder | see the tutorial on how to make it here!
- Curtains | Blekviva by Ikea (extended because of our high ceilings)
- Capiz lampshade | similar to this capiz lampshade
- Silhouette Art | DIY silhouettes in Bacall picture frames from Habitat
- The Glamour of Manchester print | The Manchester Bee Company (gifted)
- Floating picture frame with fern | we’ll share how we made it next week
- Art Next To Bed | The Heatons Print was a leaving gift from our amazing neighbours and I made the spray-painted trainer during a graffiti tour of Berlin
What do you think of our colour choice? Do you prefer light and airy rooms or are you drawn to the dark side? What do you think makes the perfect bedroom?
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