When I moved into this flat, this was the bedroom. Dark brown ceiling, copper wallpaper. The previous owners had gone for a cocooning feel, but I wanted something very different.
My goal was: a calm, soothing room, with interest added through texture and a few pops of pastel colour.
But check out that massive wardrobe!
I had less than 48 hours between getting the keys and moving in. First priority was the ceiling. You do NOT want to paint a ceiling with furniture in the room.
Already looking brighter! Then I moved in … and the slats on the bed didn’t fit, and there were boxes everywhere, and for a while it was just a total mess …
I’d made the smallest of the cushions myself, out of fat quarters I got for Christmas. They’re not quite identical, which makes them a bit more interesting! I’ll do a future post on them, in some detail.
The bed was from Antique Furniture Direct – it’s from the 1920’s. I absolutely adore them – they dealt with a complex delivery situation, and their prices were very good.
I stripped the wallpaper – it was paste-the-wall, so I could remove it easily by hand, without steaming – and actually I LOVED the industrial raw look of the wall here. In another lifetime, I would have kept it. But bare plaster creates a LOT of dust, and I had worked hard on the vision of the calm peaceful room, and didn’t want to change it!
Next step was wallpaper. I fell in love with the gorgeous cow parsley wallpaper from Cole and Son, and shopped around until I found a cheaper version I liked just as much – Misty Floral in Grey, by Albany.
I love playing with light in a room – the string of LED lights above the bed creates a romantic atmosphere.
The result so far was very soothing, but it needed some texture and warmth. Enter a knitted blanket for the bed, some curtains, and funky Moroccan-style bedside lamps:
And now for a few detail shots …
Clockwise from top left: the hexagon shelf from Flying Tiger (£6) makes displays for memorabilia; a bathroom storage shelf from Argos adds to the memory corner; the bedside lamps, at night; the fabric used for the curtains – the pattern on the grey fabric complements the wallpaper and is a nod to the mid-century flat, while the pink warms up the room.
What I already had:
Dresser, chair, some of the bedlinen, curtain rail, jewellery box, candle in hurricane glass, clock, painted panels on each side of the window
What I bought:
Bed: £315, Antique Furniture Direct
Memory foam mattress, Warren Evans: £300
Bedside tables: £40 for the pair, eBay – half RRP (IKEA Hemnes)
Blue accent cushions: £7 each on clearance, John Lewis
Wallpaper: £20 per roll, Wallpaper Direct (took 5 rolls)
Paint: £40, Chalky Downs 5, Dulux
Moroccan lamps: £20 each, Wilko
Candle: £6, Marks and Spencer
Display ladder shelving unit: £30, Argos
Faux sheepskin rug: £10, IKEA
Carnation Lily Lily Rose poster, Tate Britain: £8
RIBBA frame from IKEA: £10
John Lewis bird shade, large: £30
Hexagon shelf: £6, Flying Tiger
What I made:
Curtains: Fabric total of £56, including cotton poplin liner, John Lewis
Cushion for chair: made of scraps I already had
Cushions for bed: made of fabric given to me as a gift