Our master bedroom ticks all of the boxes for being awkward to decorate. Despite being the biggest bedroom, due to the odd layout of our house, it’s cursed with the smallest window – a narrow window that looks onto the side return, so doesn’t even have the benefit of being well positioned to let in light. It also has a strange curved wall on one side, making it very difficult to use it to fit furniture against.
Both of these issues meant that I found decorating it a big challenge. That said, we couldn’t do worse than the previous occupants, who decided to embrace the darkness and put in fitted mahogany wardrobes. Those were one of the first things to be ripped out when we moved in!
Although there are numerous funky things you can do these days to gain light, our options were limited by budget, so I went for the classic move of painting the room white. Although I can often find all white rooms quite stark, it instantly transformed the room and made it feel much bigger. But if you’re going to go all white, then I think it’s essential that you add colour and character somewhere in the room, with pops of colour.
The Feature Wall
I heard recently that feature walls are out these days. But when wallpaper is £130 a roll, a feature wall is your only option unless you’re a recent lottery winner! When I found Hygge and West’s Daydream wallpaper by Julia Rothman, I pinned the heck out of it on Pinterest. I pinned every example I could find of it, in all it’s various colour ways, and lusted after it for well over a year before I finally took the plunge and bought it. But, in the end I decided that this was going to be the main splurge for the room – the thing that would give it that little bit of character. Due to budget constraints, we went Ikea for most of the furniture, so saving there meant that we could splash out a bit on this. And I think it’s totally worth it! I tried to use the yellow and blues of the wallpaper throughout the room, and although I read that yellow in a bedroom is a no-no, I love how uplifting those little pops of colour are.
Dreaming of Velvet
Another theme that came through strongly on my Pinterest boards was a velvet headboard. Turns out, they’re harder to come by in the UK than you’d think! I was quite specific about the colour, and the fact that I wanted it to be tufted, and in the end I found the perfect bed, courtesy of Loaf – the Billow bed in Winter Sky Clever Velvet. I wanted the cushions to match, and Loaf make these to order in matching fabric.
The other ‘big’ purchase was my dressing table. I love the mid-century look, and this white lacquer number from West Elm caught my eye. I love the clean lines, and the small size is perfect for our small space.
I’ve recently spent a long time re-organising my makeup and I love these clear perspex drawers to store everything. Seeing all my MAC lippies lined up along there makes my heart do a little flutter!
I love the little brass hexagonal mirror which sits on it, although I can’t decide if it should be hung on the wall or if it’s better just leaning as I have it at the moment. What do you think?
The Gallery Wall
This has been so long in the making! I do love a gallery wall, but I don’t think I’m the ideal candidate for creating one – it’s taken me somewhere around a year and a half to collect the frames and get them up on the wall, with much faffing along the way. There’s been a lot of compromise, and I still feel it needs a bit of work before I’m finally happy with it.
Overall, I’m so pleased with how our bedroom has turned out. Although it’s been a really tricky room to decorate and I’ve had to make lots of compromises to make it work, I think it’s been transformed from how it looked previously. There are still a few little jobs to finish, but a interior decor lover’s work is never finished, is it?
What do you think? Would you go for white, or are you a colour lover?