January signals the time for change from clearing out your wardrobe, to changing up your interior. I’ve made a start on both!
Once the Christmas decorations were down, I decided to de-clutter the living room (i.e hid a lot of my crap in a drawer… out of sight, out of mind…for now.) I also switched around the living room/ dining room rugs and filled the empty, treeless corner of our room with a makeshift bar cart. It’s crazy but I actually feel better after this mini-makeover and the living room feels far less cluttered just by emptying the shelves, moving stuff around and temporarily de-cluttering.
I’ve also started planning a new & exciting bedroom scheme which I’ll be sharing gradual progress of over the next few months. For me 2017 is about getting our house in order as although we have loads of items we love, our home constantly feels like a cluttered mish-mash of colours, styles, furniture and tastes. So I plan to make a rough design/ colour scheme for each room over the year and start to curate our belongings & make a list of items we’re missing/ investment pieces we need to buy to transform our home into a more cohesively designed space.
New Bedroom Scheme Option 1
Starting with our bedroom I plan to transform our room into one we love. We spend a lot of time in our bedroom but it’s currently a bit of a junk room, complete with a collapsed wardrobe, miss-matched artwork and a jumble of furniture.
We rent so unfortunately I can’t completely transform it, but I’m happy with the existing grey walls and will easily be able to repaint/ re-wallpaper the chimney breast when we leave. So I’ve created a mockup above of what colours, textures & furniture I’d like to style the room with and have worked out what items we’ll need to start saving for/ the lower cost pieces we’ll be able to start buying gradually.
I’ve not fully decided on the accent colour but would like either a deep plum/ purple shade or a neon pink to offset against the grey walls. Teamed with bright/ b&w artwork, statement accessories and dark wood, mid-century modern style furniture and a winged, tufted bed frame.
I’ve not decided on the definite items I want yet, so have put together some inspiration/ pieces below that I’ve currently got my eye on & would fit into my scheme.
I plan on keeping our existing glass/brass bedside bargain tables I picked up on Ebay for £10 seen below & use lamps we already have… or adding a cheeky Seletti Monkey lamp/ new white/gold ones!
Inspiration Board 2
Inspiration Board 3
I also plan on adding a picture rail above the bed and purchasing a bedside stool or pouf to fit in with the colour scheme. Unfortunately after re-measuring the space, I don’t think a bench will actually fit between the end of our bed and the fireplace so will have to give this one a miss in our current home.
I did spy the lovely Frame armchair by Made.com that I’d possibly be able to squeeze into the corner instead though! Or the fab little Warren Platner style spoke edge tub chair from MiaFleur (both seen above.) I’ve wanted an original for years but this would be a more budget friendly version in the interim!
The Loft & Us Art Prints
I like the idea of mixing black & white prints we already have with quirky prints & neon, slogan artwork on a picture rail above the bed. We already have a black & white Batman & Robin print (similar here), a Graham & Brown ‘Cest La Vie’ print (actual one here), a Liz Clements Closer print (actual here) & an awesome limited edition print from The Bearhug (similar here.)
Searching for some new artwork, I found The Loft & Us who have a great selection of prints available, I’ve decided on hanging the Dream a Little Bigger Print above my bedside table & love these two as well.
The Loft & Us Wallpaper
I also like the wonderful choice of statement wallpapers Rebecca from The Loft & Us sells, I’m currently leaning towards a white/ grey based wallpaper but I also quite like the idea of a statement, clashing, palm print on the chimney breast wall like below in either the blue/ grey tones or completely clashing by adding an unexpected pop of green.
Also on the agenda this year, I want to makeover our front room into a cosy snug and concentrate on transforming each room. I plan to finally get round to getting rid of all the clutter, hanging artwork and replacing temporary furniture with investment pieces we plan to keep. So stay tuned!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my bedroom makeover plans, I’ll be updating you on the project as it moves along as I haven’t decided on which direction I’m taking it in yet. Let me know what rooms you’ve tackled/ transformed in your own homes in the comments below. Thanks for reading!