Our master bedroom is one of the rooms that I feel really needs some attention. It’s south facing, so is flooded with light and gets beautifully warm on sunny days, even in the winter.
For a room that we spend a lot of our time in (though granted we are asleep for most of it), it’s a little, well, boring. My parents came over to help us plaster and paint it a few years ago and apart from putting up new curtains and then about a year later wallpapering the wall behind the bed that’s about as far as it got. The paint was supposed to be a temporary colour until I decided what I wanted to have and it’s been the same boring cream ever since. This is what the room currently looks like.
I’ve been struggling to decide what to do with it to make it more interesting, while also giving it a more cohesive look, rather than a few bits and pieces with no real style (or styling!). I found creating a board on Pinterest and adding images of rooms and items that caught my eye really helpful. It helped nail down my style and the type of look I’d like the room to have. I also found a really useful resource on a website called Havenly. Their decorating style quiz works by displaying gorgeous interior images and asking you pick the ones that you like. You tell them which spaces(s) you’re looking at changing and they tell you your style.
It came back for me as ‘Bohemian’, which I would say is a fairly accurate representation of my taste (I’m sure some people would say eclectic). We like to collect things on our travels, rather than specially buying things, and we have lots of mixed furniture, artwork and accessories as a result. Plus, any interior design style that includes a lot of plants is always going to be a winner for me.
How to put together a room makeover mood board
As I have a few of ideas of what I would like I thought it might be a good idea to put together a mood board to give me a starting point of items I would like to change or add to the room.
I found a great post on Remodelaholic on how to create a mood board, so am following the advice on there to start pulling my ideas (and Pins!) together.
Step 1: What stays, what goes
There won’t be any major changes; the wardrobe and chest of drawers are Edwardian. We picked them up off of eBay for £100. They do need some work on them as they are quite sun damaged. This is something I am currently researching.
The bed (for the time being at least) is a non-negotiable item for Adam, so that’s staying, and I love the curtains and ceiling light so will be keeping those. The wallpaper behind the bed, which is Laura Ashley Annecy in Dove Grey, is also staying.
I would like to replace the bedside lamps to get matching ones. I have my eye on the Keane brass table lamp from Habitat, but they are currently out of stock.
I’m also considering changing or add to the wall decoration and adding some decorative accessories, especially on the chest of drawers to make it look a little more styled. I would also ideally like to replace the bedside tables as they are just cheap IKEA ones. They’re perfectly fine and they do the job, but they are not that exciting and starting to get a little tired. I do like the style of them though with the cupboard and alcove so am keeping an eye out for something similar, but with a drawer at the top.
Step 2: Inspiration
So obviously the go-to place for inspiration is Pinterest and Houzz. I’ve been collecting bedroom pins for years, so have lots of ideas. In terms of colour scheme I have already purchased paint, Dulux’s Polished Pebble, so that along with the deep blue curtains give the main colours. Other colours I would look to bring in are based around the original fireplace tiles.
These are some of the bedroom Pins that are driving this mini makeover:
The throw in this image is similar to one we also use (which I actually bought after I saw this image!). The wall and curtain colours are almost a reverse of what I’m after and we also have a fluffy rug at the foot of the bed.
I saved this image because of the wall paper behind the bed. I love the crisp white bed linen and the gold wall mirror.
Again, the bed throw caught my eye in this image. Plus, as with the image below, all of the plants!
I liked this image as the bed is very similar to ours. As the image is from a Victorian house the bedroom layout is very similar, with the bed behind the door. The thing I really like in this image though is those bedside tables.
I love the colourful cushions and throws and think that is what our bedroom is missing at the moment. Layering up accessories in different colours and textures would, I think, give the room depth. I feel in love with the oriental cabinets in the last picture, but all of the ones I can find only have the front decorated, with plain black tops and sides. They are also not solid wood, which given the price tag of of £200 + is disappointing.
One other style that caught my eye for the bedside table is Indian bone inlay. However, these are even more expensive. A few years ago I bought the Jaipur stencil from Dizzy Duck designs that I’d intended to use on a cabinet, so I am thinking that this may be a great way to achieve this look for a lot less.
I would like to get a bigger picture to go over the fireplace as the one that’s there currently just isn’t big enough and looks a little lost. I like the colours and style of SpaceFrog Designs’ pieces, which feature a lot of blues, teals and gold. Finally, I would like to add more plants to the room and have my eye on a large aspidistra which would be perfect to sit next to the bed.
Below is my final mood board. I have put a ‘shop this post’ below with links to all of the products shown in this mood board.