Sunday, 1 May 2016

Bedroom Makeover - From Pewter To Pink!

I've decided recently to give our bedroom a bit of a makeover and thought I'd share my progress so far with you! (ignore that big empty space above the bed, I'm just waiting for a canvas to arrive and fill it!) When we moved into our house two years ago, most of the rooms were decorated in a neutral palette already and there was nothing that we were desperate to change. So, we decided to let the dust settle and live in there for a while before we decided what rooms to do first and what we wanted to change.

When we first moved in, the master bedroom was painted in a dramatic dark grey and paired with very deep silver raw silk curtains and pewter accents. There was also a black damask feature wall behind the bed. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of the whole room, but you can see the wallpaper in the photo below and get a sense of what is was like. Now, don't get me wrong - I LOVE grey! I decorated our previous house in different grey tones and was particularly obsessed with Laura Ashley's dove grey paint and Josette wallpaper! But, for this house I just wanted a change. So, cue the fun bit - picking out the new colour scheme!


I wanted the room to feel relaxed, cosy and light and airy - a little haven for us to retreat to. As the old room was quite rich and opulent, I wanted a more relaxed and simple feel and decided to go much lighter. I toyed with a few colour options - I really like peppermint green and stone together and classic white and grey.

I eventually decided to go for nude and blush tones - I really love a plaster and pink theme and thought they'd sit well with light grey accents, as they're all part of the same colour family, without being too 'matchy'. Settling on a soft blush was basically like picking a grown up version of the ballerina pink room I had when I was a little girl - and I always loved that space! So, with inspiration from my childhood room, I got stuck into sourcing different taupes, pinks and greys to transform my bedroom from powerful pewter to powder pink!

photo via pinterest

Inkeeping slightly with the whimsy of a childhood inspired palette, I really got into fairytale mode and bought the felt 'Odette' swans head I fell in love with at Christmas, at The Country Living Fair  - an absolute bargain on eBay and originally made by Sew Heart Felt. Yes, I had earmarked it for my future daughter's nursery - there's nothing like planning ahead! However, years ago my mum gave me the best advice for decorating your home - buy what you LOVE. So, I'm a big believer in just that. Buy what you love, even if it doesn't completely 'match' or if it's not to everyone's taste - if you love it, you'll always find a place for it! This is a fun piece and I can't wait for her to arrive!

I painted the walls in Farrow and Ball's Elephant's Breath (my go to neutral) and took down those heavy curtains and opted for some beautiful DKNY voiles that I found in TK Maxx. I have two windows in my bedroom and when I found the first pair in Homesense - I knew instantly I had to have them! They only had one pair, (disaster!) so I frantically called round all the neighbouring TK Maxx stores I could, as they sometimes stock the same things and I eventually found one more pair - it was fate! They are so delicate and pretty - and when they're drawn they diffuse the light so subtly, I just love them. I always find they have a great range of curtains and voiles at TK Maxx, but you can't dilly dally with your decision - as once they're gone, they're gone forever! No happily ever after!

I also found this amazing plaster pink bedspread from TK as well - honestly, I love a bargain and I couldn't resist this, I think it really finishes the room off and injects more colour into the space.

The wardrobe is from Oak Furntiture land, we bought this last year, but this particular range has now been discontinued. I have seen a similar country style one in mink from Next, you can see it here.
The bedding boxes are from a friends new furniture business - I will write a post on this very shortly once she's opened her shop, but there's some absoutley gorgeous pieces to be found!

The blinds are from Dunelm and are just simple blackout blinds - they're so reasonably priced. I chose some that had a linen look - they offer a subtle texture and inkeep nicely with the colour of the walls. I finished the room with an accent bouji chair from - I love their quirky twists on traditional furniture -  and sat a cute little tartan footstool next to it, which was a gift from my mum last year.

I really love this room now, it feels so light and bright - the romantic blush tones make the room feel delicate and pretty, but not overly girly. I think the colours are subtle and simple. We need a new carpet and some accessories on the walls, but it's getting there! I'd love to hear your opinions and please let me know if you've seen anything that you think would go nicely in here - I'm always on the lookout for something special! But for now, this is the place that this little Sleeping Beauty is happy to catch 40 winks!

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