Do you love snooping around people’s houses too? Here’s your chance to look around (part of) mine. I’m really pleased with how our girl’s bedroom turned out, especially on a miniscule budget. I think it has tons of personality, good storage and a dreamy colour scheme.
We had our attic converted into a master bedroom last year because we wanted to move our youngest out of the cold (and tiny) nursery. Obviously the conversion took out a lot of savings so the decoration budget was modest. How did I achieve it? Read on!
This is what the room looked like when we first moved in (minus the junk). Certainly a blank canvas!
It is a good sized room and I’d already made good use of one alcove with shelves. She inherited my old wardrobe and already had a junior bed. So no furniture expenses.
My starting point for designing our girl’s bedroom was her love of animals (spot the rabbits, owls, birds and deer). She also likes pink – eurgh! Rebelling against me already.
I find pastel colours can be a bit cold so I prefer ice-cream colours. When I found the deer duvet cover, that formed the basis of the colour scheme. Pinterest did a lot of the work for me really – check out my board. Fortunately I had some aqua-mint, soft yellow and coral paint in the garage and we already had pink curtains. Nothing beats renovating a room with things you already have in the house! I think these colours are restful and feminine but not cool nor too ‘Disney-princess’.
As a bit of a feature, I used masking tape to paint wide stripes down the chimney breast.
A tip I picked up from either George Clark or Charlie Luxton (I can’t find the TV show now), is to paint yellow around a window frame to warm up the light as it enters – I can see what he means but it doesn’t come across in photos unfortunately.
It’s a shame the open shelves look so messy but it makes for easy tidying up and she can find what she needs immediately.
Another charity shop find made a dressing up rail, and I hand-painted a bird on the light switch and a fairy door on the skirting. The picture frames are made so that it is easy to update the masterpieces on display.
Kids’ lighting is tricky – you need something bright enough to read their bedtime story by but not too bright to ruin the sleepy atmosphere. Plus something dim to comfort them in the night. The owl lamp shade was a lucky charity shop find, we already had a moon wall light and the rabbit night light was a gift – sweet isn’t he (and battery operated too so very safe)?
Pinterest kept showing me reading nooks and she does love to ‘read’ so I bought this canopy on Amazon and made it cosy with handmade cushions. I crocheted the little stool too. Her favourite books are displayed on a picture ledge (which you can find on Amazon) as you can see in the ‘after’ shots above.
There isn’t really room for a bedside table so I created tidy-pockets for the headboard – see my tutorial here. These gorgeous little bird hooks are really handy – anything that keeps surfaces clear for cleaning is a win in my book! You can get them on Amazon.
She sleeps well in here – helped by my duvet hack. Hopefully it won’t take too much work to update the look as she grows up. Which feature is your favourite?