A few of my bedroom projects
Of course I’d love to show you every single project I’ve ever done but we might be here awhile, so I thought I’d share over the next few months some more of my work following with Bedrooms. I’ve always preferred soft furnishings, decorating and the sourcing furniture aspects of projects. I love the vast amount of textures and colours that can be involved and how something as small as a cushion can totally change the look of a room and insert much needed colour.
Next months blog will include a lounge renovation with bathrooms to follow later in the year. Hope you all enjoy!
This bedroom was a simple decoration project for a single lady in Hertfordshire in her early thirties. She loved her black feature wall with feminine prints and as the room was very spacious with double aspect windows the black wall didn’t make the room seem dark. She loved her original wall paper but it was in the need of replacing as it was ripped and moldy in parts, especially around the window area from condensation. I wanted to give her a similar feel and look while updating the print, but still including pops of colour. She had previously installed pink blinds that matched one of the colours from the previous wallpaper so this was also taken into consideration as she wished to keep these.
We injected colour with this floral feature wallpaper, Tuplipan Pasha from Osborne and Little which had some pink hues that linked in nicely with the blinds and kept the fresh feminine feel to the room.
The other aspect of this room that I made a big change to was the adjacent wall behind the bedroom door. This was previously metallic gold paint with lots of variations of wall hanging frames. The Gold made this area of the room very dark and highlighted the imperfects of the wall and sloping ceiling. Several fresh coats of paint were applied to all the walls and ceiling as these were mainly all slopping and we wanted the look to be a continuous flow through the room. We used a very slight off white colour ‘Strong White No. 2001 estate emulsion from Farrow and Ball which was also previously applied on the landing and the rest of the house. All cracks due to building movement were filled and sanded prior to any paint application and additional coats of basic plain white paint were used on the gold wall prior to adding the Farrow and Ball paint in order to remove the dark gold colour.
The only home accessory that was needed and purchased for this room was a new soft faux fur bed throw was purchased to add texture and warmth from Feather and Black.
Finally the multiple wall hangings were replaced with 2 elegant yet quirky artworks from Rock salt prints as I wanted to capture the clients unique style.
These next two bedrooms were part of the same project for a single man in Buckinghamshire in his 60’s that had just brought a new house and wanted to ensure that the rooms didn’t look too masculine. He wanted a quality look while keeping a few of the furniture pieces for the 2nd bedroom that he had already. Both rooms needed a complete renovation and the only other requirement was that he needed plenty of storage space.
Building work- Both rooms had unusually low doors so we used builders to remove the existing frames and open out the entrances and fit wider and taller frames so that new doors could be fitted which were purchased from Carden Doors. I used the same builders to remove the artex (Textured surface) from the ceilings that were in both rooms to give a more modern look.
All the old built in cupboards were removed and new designs were made up to maximise the space and requirements of the client. In the master bedroom there was an additional cupboard space that had limiting access via a single door , so this was completely knocked through to create a walk in wardrobe with easy access. All wardrobes were designed and fitted by Complete fitted bedrooms.
The old carpets were removed and replaced with more luxurious ones with a softer silky touch in a grey (Victoria’s lasting luxury eternal, colour incredible) which were supplied and fitted by Total Flooring ( Kings Langley) .The same was used in both rooms (95 ounce) and landing/stairs (65 ounce) to continue the flow between the upstairs of the house although a less thick pile was used on the landing and staircase to increase the durance of these much used spaces.
The radiators in both rooms were replaced with modern white column ones from Great Rads ltd which we also had installed to the downstairs of the house.
THE MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE & DURING THE RENOVATION
THE SPARE BEDROOM DURING THE RENOVATION
I wanted to create a room that didn’t take away the masculinity but still had a soft feel. I added a feature wallpaper from Romo (Sefina Terrazzo,Floris - W407/06) that was a subtle leaf stem print with a darker base with warm gold tones. I linked this colour scheme throughout the room with the roman blinds made in Romo’s Villa Nova, Marka Agate -V3248/02 (50% Polyester/50% Viscose) as well as the core furniture pieces.
Both rooms have Luxaflex sheer blinds underneath for privacy and to let in light when needed. For the Master bedroom these were Duette privacy blinds in colour 9426.
The furniture was selected during a client sourcing trip to Decorex where the double bed, chest of drawers, two side tables and bench were chosen from the Sienna range at Feather and Black in grey weathered oak which had carved features that gave elegance and sat perfectly within the scheme. The headboard is upholstered front and back in 100% linen that adds texture and softens the hard frame.
The feature ceiling light was sourced from John Lewis and is the Meadow Fretwork shade ceiling light in grey/white which again linked in with the rooms colour scheme and I particularly like the contrast of materials, the metal giving a cooler vibe while the fabric brought back the softness and warmth.
Both bedside table lamps were from a boutique shop (Sorry cant remember the name) in the Cotswolds as were the feature bed cushions.
This room was going to be for occasional use and I was advised that it was fine to go for a more feminine feel than the master bedroom as his daughter may come to stay sometimes. He also wanted to keep some pieces of bedroom furniture that he had brought over from his previous house which included a set of two white lacquer and glass bedside tables and matching chest of drawers. These gave me an almost blank canvas to work with and increased the brightness of the room which was not as large as the master bedroom.
As this was going to be for occasional use I went for a classic velvet 13 in colour Light Turquoise fabric double bed, style Skye, which is not quite as durable as the master bedrooms oak wood set but gives a lovely soft feminine look with a bright in trend vibe. The bed was sourced from a company called Adventures in furniture and was from another client shopping trip at Grand Designs exhibition.
The bed gave us the colour base for the room and I went for a Pale green matt feature wallpaper with white bold flowers from Osborne and Little, Nina Campbell, Montacute, Malleny- NCW4065-04.
For window treatments we went for a textured fabric black out roman blind that could be put down at night for a dark room and a good nights sleep from Osborne and Little, Sultan, Osman -F6732-03 (64% Polyester/36% silk) and again sheer Luxaflex Plisse blind was used underneath in colour Opal Crush -4336.
I wanted a feature light that was light and airy but while still making a statement. I went for a white fabric temple pendant light from Made which did the job perfectly, added a more contemporary feel to the pretty room and linked in nicely with the white furniture and flowers from the wallpaper.