The Big Bedroom Reveal


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.


Daydream by Julia Rothman Wallpaper

Aloe plant, turquoise jewellery pot, jo malone candle

Turquoise and yellow tray


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.


Bed with tufted velvet headboard


Make-up organisation

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.


West Elm Mid-Century Mini Desk White

Makeup organisation


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

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?


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  • Elsie Pop
    May 30, 2016

    Ooh I remember stripping that room! How many layers of, ahem, “retro” wallpaper did we count? It’s turned out beautifully – White was a great choice. I need those Perspex drawers in my life! X

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 30, 2016

      I believe that one was 5 layers – the worst room in the whole house! Thanks for your assistance on that one – we’d have been at it for weeks!

      You totally need the perspex drawers – it makes me so ridiculously happy to see everything all lined up! They were from John Lewis, from a brand called Osco – good size for fitting lots in.

  • TeamMomLife
    May 30, 2016

    I really like your feature and gallery wall design. So pretty!

  • Kim Carberry
    May 30, 2016

    Oh wow! That is gorgeous! I love that wallpaper….
    You have done a great job x

  • Rebecca
    May 31, 2016

    I love the room Katy! Well done you!
    I love the green chair next to your dressing table too!
    The hexagonal mirror is great and looks good as it is I think! X

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 31, 2016

      Thanks so much – it’s so difficult to make a decision sometimes, but I think the mirror might look odd hung on the wall. Hard to tell!

  • Ceri
    June 1, 2016

    Oh it’s utterly gorgeous. Well done

  • Jane Taylor
    June 1, 2016

    Katy, you’ve definitely given it a light, airy feel. I love the lacquered dressing table – It’s an unusual design and a lovely piece.

    Well done you with going for a gallery wall at all. I’ve been wanting to do one for years and its still at the ‘wanting to do it’ stage! #homeetc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 2, 2016

      Oh, the gallery wall! Honestly, I do love it, but it’s been a source of endless frustration! First getting all the photos, then arranging them, then finding out that there were pipes on the other side of the wall so having to rethink as I didn’t have as much space to play with as I’d thought! I would recommend it though – I love looking at all our pictures! Best of luck with yours!

  • KarenAnita
    June 1, 2016

    Beautiful! I absolutely adore the wallpaper and the way you’ve tied in some of the colours on your bed.


  • Fionnuala Zinnecker
    June 1, 2016

    That wallpaper! Well chosen Katy. I think the mirror looks good where you have it, but is it too low for you? It could look great mounted on the way either.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 2, 2016

      Thanks so much! It’s actually perfect for where I want it (I’m a bit of a shorty!) so I’m coming round to just leaving it as it is.

  • Gaby {}
    June 2, 2016

    You’ve done a great job in this bedroom. I love everything in it! I would personally leave the mirror sitting on your dressing table as I think it would look a little small in comparison if you’d hang it above it 🙂 #HomeEtc

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    June 2, 2016

    It looks amazing!!! That’s one of my favourite wallpapers, too, and I’ve pinned it so many times. One day I’ll find a place to hang it!! Re the mirror, I’d be inclined to hang it low and slightly off-centre, more as an ornament than a feature on the wall … just a couple of centimetres up from the dressing table x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 15, 2016

      Thanks so much Rachel – I’m so chuffed with it! Still so in love with that wallpaper – I’m still wondering where I can work in the turquoise version as I adore that one too. Thanks for the mirror advice, so many options I’d not considering, I’ll have to have a play around!

  • Caro Davies
    June 5, 2016

    I absolutely LOVE it!! Totally, totally up my street. I love the wallpaper — and your beautiful dressing table too. One of the days I’ll have a proper, grown up dressing table!! Re the mirror — are they still available to buy? I’d be inclined to group together a cluster of 3 on the wall — so it looks like honeycomb! It’s such a great shape!

    Thanks so much for linking up with on #HomeEtc Katy! — Caro xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 15, 2016

      Ah Caro, that’s a genius idea! Off to check whether they’re still available – I love the honeycomb idea! Thanks so much 🙂

  • Laura - dear bear and beany
    June 5, 2016

    I love the wallpaper and the headboard goes perfectly. I have been looking for a dressing table since we moved house, as I now have space. Just so hard finding the right one! I think the mirror is best left where it is X

  • Molly Louise
    June 13, 2016

    It’s so lovely! I had not seen that wallpaper before (must spend more time on Pinterest!) – it’s very special, I love it, and your bed and the dressing table. Sounds like it was a lot of work (all the wallpaper and wardrobes removing) but definitely work it – looks fab 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 15, 2016

      Thanks so much! To be fair, the hard work getting rid of the wardrobes was mainly down to my husband! But in my defence I was fairly pregnant at the time and did do more than my fair share of wallpaper stripping! 🙂

  • Laura Wilson
    June 15, 2016

    Oh my. Your taste is perfect. That wallpaper is perfect too and my absolute favourite colours!!! Love it. You have done an amazing job and I am super jealous!

    Laura (

  • Becky Pink
    June 15, 2016

    OOOh I love it! That wallpaper is to die for, I can see why you’re obsessed with it! Love the hexagonal mirror too – it looks great like it is, but I guess the main question is if you can see it in comfortably or not. I have a stack of pictures waiting to go onto a gallery wall – I think it’s been a year now. I just don’t have the guts to put them up! x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 16, 2016

      My sympathies on the gallery wall front! Honestly, I think it’s the most difficult project I’ve ever tackled – it’s taking the plunge to actually put them up and stop faffing! I found cutting out the shapes in newspaper and taping them to the wall was the most helpful thing in visualising it all – that’s what helped me to finally get my bum in gear and do it!

  • Life With Munchers
    September 1, 2016

    Oh Katy…it’s gorgeous! Infact I want to redo my bedroom right away! The wallpaper is beautiful and whimsical and the velvet head board is just plain lush! WANT!! Thanks for linking up #bloggershomes xx (I’d love you feature this room in the next link up…I’ll drop you a message!) xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      September 1, 2016

      Ah, thanks so much – I still love the wallpaper two years on and would choose it again in a heartbeat! I’d love to feature in the next link up – feel free to drop me a message and let me know what you would need from me!

  • Gym Bunny Mummy
    October 3, 2016

    Oh my lordy, this is just stunning. I’d have never been brave enough to go for the wallpaper but I absolutely love it. We’re in the process of redecorating the whole house room by room, the hubby is sick of grey & cream so maybe I could be tempted to pair the neutrals with something bold

  • Angela Milnes
    October 4, 2016

    It looks amazing 🙂 Love this post. 🙂

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