It’s been a while I know since I told you I was going to give my bedroom a bit of a makeover. To be honest I got straight on with it but it’s taken me an absolute age to get the pictures together. I much prefer to decorate than take pictures. To make matters worse the wallpaper I’ve chosen, which I still love, is quite reflective and very difficult to photograph without getting a shine. Of course a professional could make an excellent job however that is not me. But enough of my excuses here are the pictures and the details.
Now if you remember the aim of the exercise was to bring the space together in a cohesive way to give an overall feel of sumptuous luxury…. and as ever on a budget. As you may know if you’ve read my other blogs I also love to recycle old bits of furniture so have tried to capture a bit of that too. The points you need to remember are 1) the bedroom is dark, it’s partially underground with very little natural light from the north facing windows 2) it’s a rather large room in part of a larger Victorian villa however as it is in the basement flat (servant’s quarters only) so has no Victorian features, but I’ve gone with the Victorian(ish) theme. I’ll put all the details of my purchases along the way.
As I can’t do much about the lack of natural light I went with the dark and picked a richly coloured wallpaper Caselio Power Maya Damask Wallpaper Teal from I love Wallpaper reduced to £7 per roll. This turned out to be a complete bargain as some of the other papers considered were in the region of £20 per roll (at least). The teal colour complements my dark wood furniture and I think brings the sumptuous luxury feel I was going for. Of course the wallpaper went all the way around the room, every wall. Here are the pics.
As you can see the old wallpaper was bright and bold, in my attempts to brighten up the room, with a little bit of a feature wall going on. It didn’t work.
I don’t know about you but I’m not great choosing curtains. I only like curtains if the go all the way to the floor, which would be a bit of a waste of curtain in this room they are small windows. This made me think of shutters but made to measure shutters are a little bit out of my price range so Mr Husband was employed to put together something a little less expensive. He had great fun (not) trying to hinge and fold in the correct direction. Eventually he got it right and I now have shutters for the cost of a bit of MDF, a pot of paint and some inexpensive brass hinges for my local discount store. I’ll be writing a blog about how the shutters were created but for now you can see the shutters in the above pic when then are open, and below how the light shines through in the morning. The handles where a £1 each from a local flea market stall. They were very dirty and corroded when I bought them but cleaned up rather well.
I struggled picking the lights. I wanted something simple but didn’t want anything overly fussy or too modern, you know bare light bulbs. I found these simple antique brass lights and shades from John Lewis for £30 each. I needed three.
The fire place
We had a hole the wall as you can see, so it seemed a shame not to make it look more like a traditional fire place even though it was never going to function. So I had a hunt around the local antique shops but eventually found this fire surround on ebay for no money at all, £22. It may not be an antique but it looks the part. It needs a bit of a clean and touch up but that was all. I think it does a very good job. I want to get a bit lantern to sit in the hole but not found anything I like yet, but I will keep looking as its all part of the fun.
So that’s my new bedroom and after a few months of sleeping in it I’m still loving it. It may not be to everyone’s taste but it’s in-keeping with the building and my budget. What do you think?