There is no statutory definition of the term ‘bedroom’ in the UK. The term is used to describe a room used for sleeping in and where you would expect to find a bed or other such pieces of furniture designed for sleeping on. But for me, a bedroom is so much more than that. To me it is my haven, my safe place, my place of rest.

Whilst designing our bedroom, the most important factor was to create a calm setting. Luckily, as most of you know, my favourite colour is grey, so mixing a light tone with white was the obvious choice.

When we bought the house in 2014, our bedroom was used by the previous owners as a rather dull and un-cosy baby’s nursery with laminate floor and smoke stained purple walls. There was a severe lack of plug sockets meaning there were extension cables going in all directions. We couldn’t wait to pull up the laminate floor, this was the first thing we did followed by having double plug sockets positioned each side of where our bed was to be. The unsightly uPVC window was replaced with a beautiful sash window and then it was time to decorate. My favourite part! As the walls and skirting boards are original to 1899, there was a lot of sanding and filling to do before I could go crazy with the paint brush! We also stripped down the beautiful original Victorian door which leads to a good sized cupboard and access to the loft. Then it was time to paint! We choose the beautiful Farrow and Ball Cornforth White which is my favourite shade of grey. It is quite light and against the crisp white woodwork it looks fab! We also painted the black Victorian cast iron fireplace in white which made it a lot more subtle and in keeping with the grey and white theme of the room. Black just stood out too much. The last big thing was the built-in wardrobe, which you can read about in a previous blog Fitted Furniture. The wardrobe was built in to the alcove between the chimney breast and the window in a shaker style with cornice and chrome knobs. The shutters were fitted and the carpet was laid. The room looked so much bigger. So light, airy and fresh. I couldn’t wait to move in.

Here are some before and after photos of the bedroom progress.

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I created some quick renders of how we wanted to room to look.

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Now it was time for the finishing touches! We wanted a bed with a large (ish) fabric head board in a dark grey, of course, and found the perfect king size bed at John Lewis. The two bedside tables were a bargain from eBay which were bright orange pine but were the shaker style we wanted. I painted them in Farrow and Ball Wimborne White, it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do. A large mirror, also painted in Wimborne White, a radiator cover, dark grey throw and cushions, white bed linen, a grey rug, beside lamps and a photo shelf with frames later, the room was finally complete.

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Claire

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