I have an endless list of everything that we would love to do to our house, but time and money restraints mean that we're taking things slowly and working on one room at a time. Earlier this year we created a beautiful living room at the front of the house, where we both love to spend time soaking up the light and getting cosy on the sofa. My next project which I will soon embark on is our bedroom. Currently cold, dull and soul-less, I'm determined to create a calming yet cosy space that we will want to spend more time in. Obviously, I'm pinning like crazy to pull together a visual display of what I'm aiming for, but I thought I'd share my plans and inspiration on my journal, with the aim of eventually sharing a 'before-and-after' post with my readers.
The first job on my list is to paint. I do love a blank white canvas, but our bedroom is quite large with two big windows and tends to feel cold. I'm thinking about warming things up by opting for a soft warm grey hue on the walls and painting the feature chimney breast a deep navy blue. I know these aren't exactly the warmest hues that I could choose, but I want to keep the room looking tranquil and can't face looking at vibrant colours first thing in the morning. I'll also be adding a fresh lick of white paint to the skirting boards and ceiling.
To brighten things up, I'm going to be introducing bursts of mustard, as I've fallen in love with the colour combination of navy, pale grey and mustard. I've already purchased a beautiful mustard woolen blanket to drape over the bottom of the bed, and I have my eye on a couple of textured cushions and wall hangings that will be launching at Rose & Grey soon. I'll be keeping my eye out for mustard and blue hued prints for the walls too.
The next thing on my list will be to replace the tired old furniture that we inherited when we first moved into the house. I'd like to continue with the Mid-Century aesthetic that we embraced in the living room and seek out a collection of beautiful teak chests of drawers and bedside tables. Eventually, I'd love a new wardrobe and bed too, but they might have to wait.
I'll be selling my shabby-chic style dressing table that is no longer to my taste, and replacing it with a large circular mirror on the wall in between the two windows. Beneath the mirror, I'll place another chest of drawers, and I'll display my current dressing table essentials on the top.
All of the textiles in my bedroom need replacing. Out will go the faded turquoise curtains, and I'll be seeking a much heavier style to replace them with. Ideally, I'd love navy blue hessian curtains with subtle flecks of orange and mustard through them, based upon a pair of curtains that I once saw and have imprinted themselves on my memory. I'll be replacing my tired old bed sheets with white and grey linen sheets, and creating a cosy and welcoming bed with piles of textured cushions and blankets in grey, mustard and navy.
I'll need new lighting too, and am on the look out for a pendant lampshade and bedside lamps that will fit in with the room, although I'm not quite sure yet what I'll be going for. I love the Made dot com shade that we purchased for the living room and finished with a copper ceiling rose and oversized filament lightbulb, so perhaps something similar in navy for the bedroom.
Then, the fun part! I'll be adding the finishing touches, such as wicker baskets for storing blankets, plenty of new plants (including a much coveted monstera), macrame wall hangings, framed prints and little vignettes on the tops of the chests and tables.
It may take a while to complete, but I'll be documenting the transformation ready to share on my journal once it is complete!