Hurrah, another blog post written! This time about Harry’s new bedroom and how I created some character in the room without a ‘theme’.
Harry’s bedroom was dominated by his Ikea Kura bed, a bed originally bought for our old house when he shared with his sister. I loved the bed though but I knew the layout in his room wasn’t working. Here’s the layout before we changed things, the chimney breast meant the end of the room could not fit a single bed in so this was the only place it would fit.
After searches for smaller beds, toddler beds and brainstorming alternative room layouts I came upon the idea to just chop his existing bed. After chatting through with my live in handy man (poor husband) he said it could be done and set to work sawing, crashing, banging and, of course, swearing his way through the modification.
Ta-da! This is the new room layout, a much better use of space and feel to the room.
I went for light and bright and painted the walls in Valspar ‘Blanc de Blanc’ – my new favourite colour now by the way! The wall behind the bed looked a little stark so I opted for a feature wall using a rich green (Feature Wall paint by Dulux in ‘Enchanted Eden’) I wanted the room to have character and be fun without an obvious ‘theme’ attached, so it could be updated when the latest craze took hold (sigh).
I added a reading nook underneath and used Ikea spice racks to hold the books. I found an old piece of dowel wood and screwed it under the top bunk so that curtains could be attached and he could have his very own den/hiding place when being told to do his homework.
On his shelf are some fab prints; Batman by Little Pop Studio (also the makers of his Batman and Robin pillowcase) and the The Fur Neil poster by Martin Krusche (available at www.thismodernlife.co.uk) I added this fab dinosaur lamp and dinosaur toy from Mini-Mi ( www.mini-mi.co.uk) and the stunning painted TMNT peg dolls are by the talented Layla (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/madebylayla)
We added a new carpet in grey, the same as for Ruby’s bedroom. A new black roller blind from Ikea and, one of my favourite touches, this dreamcatcher brought back from our recent holiday abroad. The triangle stickers are from Ferm Living and have been sat in waiting to be used for a couple of years. Clearly I didn’t measure and just plonked them on – I’m happy with the perfectly imperfect look though (I’d have to be with my lack of getting anything square!)
Harry’s loving his new bedroom and the change in layout has completely changed this space in to much more open and spacious room that he now spends a lot more time in – is this a good thing? I’m not sure! Let me know your thoughts on his new digs!
I’ll complete my bedroom renovations with Poppy’s bedroom next time – less about the painting and decorating but way more about fab kids products!