When I moved into my home, my bedroom was fairly low on the decorating list. It had a bed and some existing furniture and it was clean and warm, so it was fine.
I didn’t take any before photos of this room (schoolboy error) but it was very neutral, with cream walls, beige carpet, cream curtains and a fitted oak-coloured wardrobe.
Obviously I started by painting the walls and woodwork bright white (what else!) and laying a loopy wool carpet in a sort of light biscuity colour to match the rest of the house. The next step was to remove the built in wardrobe which ran the length of the wall to the right as you look at this photo.
It offered a lot of storage but it took up quite a bit of space and was quite dark, so I decided to swap it for a smaller freestanding wardrobe that I found online at Argos (yes, really).
The new wardrobe was flat packed so I roped in my dad to help build it and it took us AGES. But it’s worth the effort I think. (I must take a proper photo of it – this just offers a little glimpse)
The chest of drawers was from the same range at Argos and also needed to be built. It’s solid wood though, not wobbly MDF, so I was happy to put the time in to build it as it worked out much cheaper than buying solid furniture.
The bedside tables were an upcyling project – read the how-to post here. I couldn’t find the ones I wanted so I bought two cream tables from Homesense and painted them with Annie Sloane chalk paint and added the two gold fox handles.
The cushions are from Tesco (the knitted ones) and Cath Kidston (the floral ones, obviously). Got to have a bit of Cath.
The rose pink eiderdown is one of my favourite things. Ever. It’s from Graham and Green and I absolutely love it. It’s a soft, dusty pink velvet with a cotton backing and it is WARM!
I wanted to create a cosy, zen sort of space, so I’ve kept the colours really soft but used lots of snuggly textures like the velvet eiderdown and knitted cushions.
You can’t see from these photos but I also bought a cream ‘teddy bear’ rug from Dunelm to put under the bed. It’s velvety soft (it actually feels like a teddy bear) so when I step out of bed in the morning it’s SO soft underfoot.
The curtains are floor length grey cotton from the Natural Curtain Company which I can’t recommend highly enough. I am slowly replacing all the curtains in my home with these and they are amazing quality, very heavyweight with a beautiful texture. As my bedroom faces the road I also hung a cream cotton roller blind inside the window frame to act as a blackout blind.
Curious to see the before photo? Here you go!
And that’s it. My zen bedroom makeover. Hope you enjoyed the tour. I’ve added stockist details below for some of the bits and pieces in case you liked them. Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything.
Where it all came from:
Avignon wardrobe, Argos
Avignon chest of drawers, Argos
Rose pebble quilt, Graham and Green
Fox drawer handles, Oliver Bonas
Floral cushions, Cath Kidston
Knitted cream cushions, Tesco
Framed art, Homesense
Silver bedside lamp, Homesense
Grey cotton curtains, The Natural Curtain Company
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Photos: Chris Snook