Another season, another room makeover! This time I wanted to tackle my bedroom but it’s not so much a makeover, as more of a spruce up and de-clutter. To me, my bedroom was feeling heavy, dark and full of stuff and it was the last room in our flat that I would want to spend time in so it was time to rip up the carpet and get out my trusty Farrow and Ball floor paint. Here is what it looked like a couple of months ago…
This was the only room in the flat that still had carpet, so that was the main job. Other than that, I didn’t really want to change the furniture, but try to lift the space and make it feel fresher and more cohesive.
I hated the carpet and how much light it absorbed.
This area felt cluttered and messy.
And here are the changes I made:
1. Painted the MDF boards under the carpet with Farrow and Ball All White floor paint (find out how I did it here). I also used Farrow and Ball’s wood floor primer and undercoat, which makes all the big difference to the quality of the finish and how long it will last.
2. Gorgeous new Lazy Linen bundle and a dusty pink linen Scrunch cushion from Loaf.
3. Hung a beautiful brass Bloomingville hanging flower pot holder from Out There Interiors, inspired by Urban Jungle Bloggers.
4. New bedside lamp from Occa-Home.
5. Painted the wardrobes white.
6. De-cluttered the top of the wardrobes as they had become a storage dumping ground and moved more plants up there.
7. New jute rug from Heal’s.
8. Completely cleared my dressing table and all the pictures around it, which feels soooo much better.
9. Sheep skin rug and House Doctor vase from Holly’s House.
10. House Doctor jug vase and Bloomingville pink vase from Royal Design.
A new bedside lamp from Occa-Home lifts my antique bedside table and the colour works perfectly with the other greys and pinks. The basket is from Tea and Kate and the House of Rym throw is from The Future Kept.
Once you’ve had linen sheets you will NEVER go back! This Lazy Linen from Loaf is so wonderful to sleep in and updates my Coco bed. The pink Scruch cushion also ties in with other pinks dotted round the room.
The top of my wardrobes that I bought for £40 from eBay when I first moved into the flat had become a dumping ground for storing extra bedlinen, duvets, winter clothes etc. I had a really good clear out and sold lots of stuff so I could move more plants up there.
I am in love with this brass planter from Out There Interiors and it works perfectly in this room, especially with the wardrobe plants. I repainted the wardrobes white (they were a pale mint) as new build flats have no such things as alcoves so wardrobes stick out like a sore thumb. Painting them the same as the wall colour helps to make them look less imposing.
I have a large succulent, a wonderful smelling Jasmine and Aloe Vera plants on the wardrobe. The greens really help to break up all of the white in the room.
I love this old mirror that used to hang in a restaurant my parents owned and the contrast with the white works really well.
I decided to clear the dressing table and put all of my lotions and potions into the two top drawers. I added vases for flowers so I won’t be tempted to mess it all up again.
In love with this pink Lilac.
I have been inspired by Urban Jungle Bloggers to have more and more plants throughout my home and it really does make such a difference.
I stayed at the Shoreditch Hotel recently and I couldn’t find the hair dryer. Eventually I found it in a market basket hanging on the wall. I’ve stolen that idea here and that’s where I now keep my hairdryer, brush and straighteners.This is also a good way to hide all of the ugly cables.
The white floor makes all the difference in this room as the light from the floor to ceiling window can travel around the room, rather than being absorbed by the heavy carpet. However, we did want a rug to tie the room together and this round Linie rug from Heal’s is perfect.
I kept my grandmother’s chair in this room but moved it away from the window as it was blocking too much light.
Jules insisted on having a sheep skin rug on his side of the bed so he didn’t step out of bed onto hard floor and this one is from the wonderful Holly’s House. Although, Otto kind of thinks it’s his now.
I know it’s not a radical makeover in the same way as my office or hallway, but this room now feels so much better, which is the most important thing. I know it may look very bare to some, but I love the simplicity of having so few things in this room, especially as it is where we sleep. Over time, I will add more artwork and I’m sure other bits and bobs will creep back in and there are still a few things I need like a lamp shade for the main overhead light. For now, I’m really enjoying how bright and uplifting it feels, especially with all this sun that has been streaming in and bouncing around the new white floor (my favourite thing about the room!). I hope you like it.
P.S. You can buy a lot of the lovely items I have chosen for my bedroom right here…
*This post was written in collaboration with Farrow and Ball.