My Bedroom Before & After...

Monday, June 27, 2016

mid century modern decor

My bedroom make over is something Ive been meaning to share for ages, it was actually the first room we completed, having everything in place except the pictures on the wall by the first weekend we moved in. The bedroom I found one of the hardest rooms to stamp your interior design style on. It has to be so practical, it has to have lots of storage, a decent bed and bedside tables to hold all your books, hand creams and night time essentials. I don't like a lot of clutter in my bedroom cos usually at the end of the day you end up throwing your shoes in one corner and your socks in another and keeping the place semi-orderly is very important to me. It has to be a relaxing space which again requires practical elements. I would have loved an old style cast iron bed but having had a metal bed before there is nothing worse than squeaky metal when you roll over at night. I also would have loved this bedside table but I needed more bedside storage than this one little drawer.

Above is a little before pic, we didnt need to do a whole lot to this room when we moved in except paint it. The walls were an unusual colour like a mossy green tone, which seemed to make the room seem a lot darker than it was. We painted the walls a super light grey called Feather Flock by Dulux and had the ceiling, skirting boards and radiator re-painted in white. With the curved wall we were limited to the layout of the room and with hanging art work and pictures. We didnt want to over clutter the place with lots of images on the walls so we put together a mini gallery wall with a photo from our wedding and a photo from our engagement shot.

my bedroom decor mini gallery wallDave and I picked our bed sheets first and the colours of the room came from here - two shades of grey and acid yellow. We picked the fabric from a local fabric shop and my mum very kindly made us our curtains. Our bedside tables and chest of drawer sets we bought from Ikea, they were untreated wood which is what I wanted so that I could paint and diy them. I varnished the top and painted the body with Rustoleum graphite grey, the yellow enamel handles I bought from Anthropologie online. The other handles came with the Ikea furniture and sprayed with brass paint.

diy ikea hack diy chalk paint furniture bedroom soft furnishings chalk paint bedside tableMy bedside table is pretty minimal, as I said avoiding clutter in my bedroom is essential for the space to be relaxing, also be the end of the day the top is usually covered with things like my glasses, phone and jewellery. On my bedside table I have this cool retro style lamp, a little wooden mouse tea light holder, felt coaster for my glass of water & Orla Kiely notebook.

bedside table styleDaves bedside table consists of a little photo from our wedding day, a lego train and this cool glass and copper lamp. I wanted us to have different lamps so that our room didnt appear so matchy matchy, I had toyed with different bedside tables but decided this was better and kept the room still cohesive. 

dresser style lifestyle home decor blog home design blogLastly our little wardrobe probably isnt the biggest in terms of storage so I have a few coloured storage boxes and wire baskets on top for scarves and belts. The wardrobes were given to us by my parents and use to be in my sisters room growing up. I painted them with several coats of valspar grey varnish so you would continue to see the grain of the wood but it would have a grey sheen to it. I wanted the room to feel styled by not completely matching with the furniture so i tried to team together natural wood, painted grey furniture and the grey varnished wardrobe.
So there you have it, our bedroom! Hope you guys like my little home posts, we are currently working on our big living room which is a much bigger project and I cant wait to share the before and after pics with you!

Bedside tables & Drawers: TARVA
Bed: Next
Sheets: M&S
Cushion: Habitat
Knitted Throw: Ikea
Yellow bedside lamp: John Lewis
Glass & Copper lamp: c/o George, Asda
Copper apple: Next
Copper lamp: c/o George, Asda 
Monochrome frame: Paperchase
Tweed Teddy: DIY
Copper Atrium: Tk Maxx
Grey Candle: Sainsburys
Fox Print: Chelsea Market, nyc.

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  1. I am in the middle of a year-long, room-by-room, house makeover (check out my instagram @mwncialice if you're curious).
    Where are the Scrabble letters from? They're lovely.
    I have the same Tarva bedside tables but have left them untreated for now. Which varnish did you use to treat the top of your chest of drawers? Would you recommend it?
    Thanks! :)

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  4. I love love LOVE yellow and grey together and this looks ace!

    Maria xxx

  5. It's beautiful, such a calming colour scheme! I particularly love your gallery wall, the scrabble tiles and arrow pull it together perfectly ♥

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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