We moved into our current home over 4 years ago now, and although we have done a lot of work to it, there is still a lot more left to do. We updated the children’s bedrooms fairy early on and one of them has even been decorated twice now, but our own bedroom has been a long and arduous work in progress. Well, work in progress is one way of putting it, after over two years of stop-start work, bone of contention may be more accurate.
Although I have said this more than once, for our room, the end really is in sight. My rather wonderful and lovely friend came over this week to help me finish painting the walls. She even took a car full of rubble to the tip. Amazing, or what? There is still a little wood left to finish painting and the electrics will be finished on Saturday, but we are very nearly there. I give it four weeks. Hurrah!
I will not miss our current room, with it’s textured, painted pink wallpaper and floral paper ‘feature’ wall. Nor will I miss the monkey’s bum pink curtains, nor the pink carpet, nor the pink fitted wardrobe. I think the dear old lady who lived here before us must have been very fond of pink. It was used almost exclusively in every room, save one green reception room, a psychedelic orange bedroom and a gold wallpapered hall, thankfully each of these have since been updated. Well, kinda, the hall has been wearing a blanket of paint swatches for the last few months, but we’ve finally found ‘the one’. I think. I’m fickle, this could be subject to change.
Charlie will be inheriting our current bedroom furniture when she takes over our current bedroom, so Chris and I have a long bedroom wish list to shop for. This has got me thinking about what goes into the perfect master bedroom, so I have decided to put together a guide for bedroom must-haves.
It’s always a good idea to have an over arching theme for a room, or atmosphere that you are trying to create. Examples of a theme could be floral or minimalist, or you could choose something more abstract, like calming. The latter is precisely the look and feel that I would like to achieve for our room. With three young children and lots of DIY jobs to be done, our house can feel very chaotic. Belongings don’t really have their place in our home, instead they seem to circulate around the house from pile to pile, in a sort of nomadic existence. So, calm would be very welcome!
A Colour Scheme
In much the same way as choosing a theme, creates unity in an interiors schemes, as does a carefully chosen colour scheme. Picking complementing shades helps to pull together the various elements of a room, to create a consistent look and feel in your interior. I am a big fan of pink and greys used together, but I think we will opt for a more earthy and calming look for our bedroom.
The Perfect Bed
Unless you have a clear idea of the bed you would like from the outset, then this is the hardest decision to make when furnishing your bedroom. It will be the largest piece of furniture in the room and will have a huge impact on the room’s style. Do you go for fabric, ornate, minimalist or vintage? I am undecided at the moment, but because we would like a calming atmosphere in the room, I am steering towards minimalist. Something in plain white wood, without too much fuss.
If you have a smaller room, then it might be a good idea to opt for a lower bed as this can help trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it is. Also, beware to ceiling heights and access. Our new bedroom has a sloped room and a narrow access way, so we will need to be very careful to choose a bed that fits!
Well Coordinated Furniture
More often than not, we think of the bed, before choosing other pieces of furniture for a room. This means that many of us will be looking for a set of drawers or bedside tables that suit the bed we have chosen, rather than the other way around. I like to add a little vintage here and there when decorating a room, all brand spanking new, is just not my thing. I think one or two vintage or antique pieces of furniture can add character that newer pieces would find hard to replicate.
For this reason, I will be on the look out for another set of vintage drawers for our home. As the room will be furnished on a budget, I will most likely be sanding these down or painting, depending on what takes my fancy. Praise the lord for Annie Sloan.
I also quite like the idea of unmatched bedside tables and chairs used as tables, I think it looks really eclectic. Having said that, I want somewhere to hide my kindle and make-up, so ultimately practicality will win out.
The textiles and accessories that you add to a room are the finishing touches and are often where you can have fun with stamping your personality on a room. I love the texture that can be brought into a room with just the addition of a thick chunky knit throw or blanket and how swathes of heavy fabric hanging at a large window can create a real sense of luxury.
Mirrors, lamps, baskets, prints, photographs, these are all things that we can have fun with in our interior design, because they are quick and easy to change up on a fairly regular basis. Some people may even like to have different accessories for different seasons, and why not?
I am a huge fan of a statement mirror, I love the ability they have to brighten a room and I think they make a great focal feature above mantels and radiator covers. They work equally well in eclectic, as well as minimalist style bedrooms, as the image above shows.
Another favourite accessory of mine are scented candle, I mean, who doesn’t like things to smell good? Am I right?