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Bedroom decorating scheme advice

Sam Potter
13 January, 2020

Hi
I'm at it again. This time it's my bedroom. I've bought a second hand kingsize ottoman bed. And a set of IKEA pax sliding wardrobe doors.
My room is 4m x approx 5m, and my intention is to have pax wardrobes across the 4m fireplace wall. It's blocked up so no issues there. Two deep ones will sit in the alcoves and two shallow ones will sit in front of the chimney breast.
I have a window on the wall adjacent to the chimney breast and the door is at end of the wall opp. the chimney breast, furthest from the window wall.
Bargain hunting has forced me into a colour scheme I've never used before. The bed is 'mink' (it looks pink to me). And the wardrobe doors are grey glass.
What colour/s should I paint the walls? The ceiling is high (3m), with a fab cornice. The window is 1m wide by 2m tall, with a stripped antique pine surround. The floor is white painted floorboards.
The pendant bedside lights are currently on black fabric flexes, with tin cans used as shades, which I love but am open to change.The central pendant has a large paper shade.
I'm open to anything, but I like the idea of understated relaxing luxury. First time for everything

Comments (73)

  • Jonathan

    What you put on the floor is down to you. If you choose carpet you can get a luxurious feeling polypropylene carpet (I would choose a silver grey) but expect the pile to be flattened in a few years.
    Given so much of the floor will be covered with furniture would rugs be easier? If you choose a rug a would have a patterned one for practicality and choose one in a more saturated color version of the bed color - try a claret color next to it to see what you think

  • Sam Potter

    Good tips Jonathan. I currently have that ubiquitous Fake Beni Ourain rug. The one with its own Instagram account, apparently. It's nice, but not on my side of the bed, and the dog 'likes' it (not in a good way). Maybe if I went down the chocolate route for an accent colour, rather than aubergine, it would work?
    But the next couple of weekends is wardrobe building, and extra lighting installation, so I have time to ponder.

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    Hi Sam, I watched an episode of Escape to The Country yesterday where they went back and visited people who had escaped. One very trendy woman had used taupe throughout her new home and it looked amazing. She used it with the palest of blue in some rooms and with black accents in other rooms. It looked so elegant. Even her front door and windows were painted taupe!





  • Sam Potter

    Sonia that top pic does look good. Though I don't think I'm ever going to be a 'cushion that's not a pillow on the bed' person. Maybe other half will volunteer to be cushion monitor. He sits up watching movies in bed so he might like them. The new bed was partly in response to him moaning about my wooden headboard being no good as a back rest.

  • Sonia

    That rooms does look rather styled I agree, I wonder how many people bother with that many cushions anyway? It’s just to show you how black can lift neutral taupes. The house I saw has tempted me down the taupe route. Maybe search Kelly Hoppens designs as she is the queen of taupe!

  • Carolina

    @Jules Mc I didn't suggest the chocolate raspberry colour scheme (now I want cake!), it was colourhappy :-) But funnily enough my first thought was brown/pink. I was however more thinking along these lines:







  • Sam Potter

    .. And radiator replacement (it's too long), and window repair/replacement. Sigh.

  • Sam Potter

    Carolina that's very nice. I'm getting my head round the colour possibilities, slowly.

  • E D

    ”people that had escaped” lol Sonia. :-)

  • E D

    I’m with your OH Sam, a softer headboard is great.

    I’m also with you, more than two pillows each is overkill.

  • PRO
    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    Hi Sam, for a relaxing bedroom and to bring all your things that you already have together, I'd intensify pink (similar to FB Sulking Room Pink) on the walls and add some picture gallery wall above the bed in black frames add some more wood and linen.









    So earthy, linen, colours with black and dark chocolate accents

  • Jonathan

    Only 2 cushions on the bed?!..... that’s for amateurs..... I have 14

  • E D

    Lol, Jonathan. Where do you sleep? On the couch? :-)

  • Sam Potter

    That's nothing Jonathan, I bet Beano has concrete cushions he casts himself.

  • Carolina

    hahaha

  • Jonathan

    @ED it helps that I’m only 4’2” and like to sleep sitting upright.

  • Sam Potter

    Jonathan are you actually a novelty pyjama case?

  • Patrina

    @sam I think carpet does give you a feeling of luxe plus it feels great underfoot. Since you are not afraid to take on a challenge, B&Q does a really great video on laying carpet. You could give it a try, I used it to lay some in our reading room this weekend. I chose a pale silvery grey carpet that I think will look great with your scheme. Link to video if you are feeling brave :-) https://youtu.be/QJqI88F0wAM

  • Jules Mc

    Oops, sorry Colour happy and Carolina. I think I'd gone Houzz blind!!
    And don't things move on quickly when you actually leave the house go to work rather than pretend to 'work from home' ?? Feel like I've missed out on a right party here (lots of emojis required here to emphasise my point!!)

  • Sam Potter

    Patrina your room looks ace! I dunno... Its expensive if you make a mistake cutting carpet. Plus not only does the dog wee on my rug already, but I just got back from a work trip to find the cat has weed on my duvet. Grrr. Might have to wait til they've both 'gone to live on a farm'

  • PRO
    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    Sam, do you have bedside tables or dressers? you can add a lot of character and a bit of colour by updating Ikea Tarva bedside table or a dresser or Rast


  • Patrina

    @Sam thank you, still waiting for the blind and a few more bits to arrive. Laying the carpet was pretty sraight forward. I picked up the carpet knee kicker on FB (yeah another tool!) for less than £20 and I saved £100 doing it myself.

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    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    do you have a picture of your lights?

  • Sam Potter

    Love a bargain Patrina! I spent £120 on 4m of sliding doors and two wardrobes, saving more than £500 on the new IKEA prices, and got my new bed for £120 too, which would've been around £500 new. Not a bad haul!
    Marina I've got a pair of white ikea hemnes bedside tables which I might swap for small chests of drawers to create more storage. They're more scandi than luxe I think.

  • PRO
    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    if you add a different knob or a pull and put piece of glass on the top it will look more lux :)




  • PRO
    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    curtains tie backs and bedroom ottoman / blanket box would add a feel of luxury




  • Sam Potter

    Thanks Marina.
    Tiebacks! I'm so far from my normal comfort zone now my mum is going to start liking my decor!
    But I'm game for it. What's the worst that can happen? And I rather like the glass tops for the bedside tables. I presume on laminate table tops they serve no functional purpose. Is it the increased light reflection that I'm trying to achieve by doing this?
    Crystal knobs might be a step too far for me, but I might go to rose gold or copper, depending on how I upgrade my bedside pendant shades.

  • PRO
    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    You are having fun and your mum would like your decor - win win! it will look really nice and you will enjoy it.

    yes, the glass is really to protect the wood and then it looks pretty and reflects the light as you said. you can add a glass of different colour to add colour.

    Do you have a picture of the room? could you post the plan, please? the room is very large. you can add nice chest of drawers as bedside table.


    are you adding any other areas, like desk or reading nook etc?

  • minnie101

    Sam, i saw this picture and the jelly mould lights reminded me of yours although it's a near identical colour panelling and walls in our (empty) spare room. Are the wardrobe doors staying as they are or being customised (not saying they're not lovely as they are, just asking!)? Are they part see-through? They also read as green on my screen? I know these cushions are a bit "loud" but just liked the hotel room vibe (although it is actually one!) with the quirky lights and I added the art for a victorian feel


  • Sam Potter

    Hi Minnie101. The lights are cute. I was thinking of translucent pink glass ones with a curvy shape. Trying to steer myself away from industrial/eclectic/bold and quirky this one time. I think it's to do with how exhausted I am when I'm ever in my bedroom. I don't tend to hang out there, just fall into bed dog tired. Then up at 5.45 for the gym (mid life fat girl crisis!).
    The wardrobe doors are semi translucent, yes, and they do have a green cast to them in some lights, though not in this photo. I'm not currently planning to customise them, though Ikea do a range of replacement panels, including mirrors, so it's a possibility.
    Re art, I have a couple of small flowery prints that might look good in the finished room, but I think they'll probably be too small, so I might see if I can get creative and make something that's the right colour. I also have an aubergine 1940s headscarf which I've been meaning to frame for years, which might provide the right colours for using as accents in the room.

  • Jonathan

    If the green tinge to the glass isn’t your thing you could inexpensively cover each panel with sticky plastic sheets. A lot come in a near perfect 67.5cm wide roll and probably for less than £50 you could make these bargains look brand new.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/d-c-fix-Sticky-Plastic-Self-Adhesive-Vinyl/dp/B005ELVP2M/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?keywords=sticky+plastic+roll&qid=1579099449&sprefix=sticky+pkastic&sr=8-8&th=1&psc=1#immersive-view_1579099733630

  • Victoria

    You could remount the small flower pictures with wide mounts to enlarge the overall frame size and use the accent colours to achieve this.

  • minnie101

    I think getting up at 5.45 might do it! A low carb diet is a very quick fix for us :)

    i was just curious re the doors as you mentioned clutter so didn't know if being able to see through would bug you but maybe your wardrobe is tidier than mine! I like Jonathans idea which would be easy if you did want to customise them. I can't see any bedroom ideas in your ideabook but did spot a tree mural. I thought something like this could work (not sure how to affix it though) but now I've seen the door properly can see the panes are real as I thought the horizontal ones might just be printed on. The other idea is to cover in jute/burlap which is really cheap although again not sure how to do it, Or may sound mad, but cant see why it wouldn't work on a larger scale, but I had 2 kitchen wall cupboards with glass panes which I covered with zinseer and then used eggshell over the top. Wardrobes painted in the wall colour do give a calm feel as they blend in.

    Maybe you could also add a comfy chair and light for reading away from everyone if you want a chill space?




  • PRO
    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    The doors with the glass as they are right now, can look good too in this white on white scheme. You could install some cabinet lighting and use it in the evening as a mood lighting or 5:45am if you don’t want to put the full lights all the way. I have 4 different lights around the wardrobe area, I’m very sensitive to the light early in the morning.

    I really like minnie101’s idea about cane sliding doors. Can look very luxurious and warm at the same time.

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    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    Another Minnie101’s idea on trees! Photo wall does wallpaper murals. It could look fantastic in a pink or grey and white

  • minnie101

    I know it's not "hotel" but I love that last image Marina posted, it's so pretty and relaxing. I think something like that would work really well with the existing floorboards, hemnes, paper light (and perhaps the covered doors)? I also love the washed linen and muslin throws etc that are around, look lovely and no ironing :)

  • Sam Potter

    Minnie101 and Marina, you guys are spot on about the wardrobe doors. I hadn't thought of the clutter showing through the glass. I am (as usual) on a low/no budget, so the most easily achievable suggestions are to paint them the same colour as the walls, or cover them with something I already have. I do have a load of plain, very rough-textured hessian curtains from the sunroom in my old house, and two kinds of cream, linen-like ones I got off freecycle, one with large fern leaves in pale beige, and one the same but with pale brown fern leaves. Both of these are almost a full bale of fabric each, so they're also a possibility for curtains. I'm going to empty the room of remaining clutter tomorrow, and I'll post some photos of it and the fabrics.

  • Victoria

    If possible you could use fabric on the back of the doors for a more subtle effect.

  • Sam Potter

    Phew. I use Houzz as a prompt to do DIY on my days off! Here's what will hopefully be the 'before' pics.

  • Sam Potter

    Here are the three fabrics I have which might work. The fern designs are Laura, Ashley, not made up into curtains yet, plenty for anything I want to do with it. Plus I have half a dozen hessian type curtains from my old house. No good for curtains here as they're too short. But might work for door panels.

  • Alix W

    Hello, I’m late to the party, but I updated some pax doors (not this style though) for cheap with paint and fake silver gilding in the panels - and they looked a treat. Was wondering if gilding on the reverse of the glass with copper or brass might give a lovely subdued glow to your luxury boudoir?

  • Sam Potter

    Nice idea, Alix W. Got any photos?

  • Alix W

    Just this one, apparently- pax is on the right. Don’t judge the fact that I couldn’t be bothered to paint the side of the wardrobe - it was before I knew about Zinsser and I thought you couldn’t paint melamine!

  • Sam Potter

    That looks great! It's got a 1920s feel.

  • minnie101

    It's a lovely room, I like the floorboards. Fabrics are good too, maybe leaves for curtains and hessian for the wardrobe? Are there any ideas or colours that are grabbing you at all?

    If you did want to stay light neutral'ish for the walls what about a dark chocolate ceiling?



  • PRO
    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    I think the lighter fern fabric for the curtains would look very nice. And then linen, hessian, grey with pink warm undertone for the walls and ceiling, that the curtains almost blend in, and dark tone black shade for the window frame and the door. You can paint the nightstands black (if I can convince you to add a crystal knob. Alix’s pax handle looks really nice on black) and black low bookshelf in the corner where you have your shelves now, but window height and tour prints above it

    . Are you keeping that desk in your bedroom or is it for your daughter’s room? You are keeping it, put it under the window with your table mirror on it.

    Hessian fabric on the wardrobe door and paint the ridges black also.


    I would go with hessian fabric outside of the glass, it not entirely sure how difficult it is to do, tbh. if You put the fabric inside the glass you’d need to use a transparent glue. You are very good with diy, should be able to do it. If the fabric goes outside of the glass it will have a very different effect from the one if it goes under the glass.

  • Sam Potter

    Hi Marina, thanks for that. Black door eh? I was planning on doing all the woodwork the same colour as walls. Dark woodwork with a lighter wall feels a bit 80s. What are you suggesting in the corner where the low shelves are?
    I like the idea of painting the bedside tables black. They are getting a bit battered so need a revamp. Just for you I will try crystal knobs! What's the worst that could happen? Might make a start on the curtains today. I'm so knackered from clearing the room I can't face wardrobe building!

  • Sam Potter

    Minnie101 I'll post a few pics of the doors with different backings/covering, to see what you all think.

  • Alix W

    Sam, don’t know if it helps, but I’m not a fan of neutrals but eventually painted two bedrooms taupe after a few paint misadventures. Used Dulux Definitely Taupe. One room had dark paintwork and one light. They both felt much more relaxing than before - pics attached. Here I would be a bit worried that taupe is too close to the headboard colour though?
    I’m also on a budget and can recommend H&M for linen duvet covers etc, and IKEA for velvet cushion covers all at reasonable prices. Lovely for adding texture and layers. Also lots of old velvet curtains on eBay- we bought and got them re-made into roman blinds with lots of fabric left over for cushion covers etc.

  • PRO
    Marina Drobot at Cinnamon Space

    Yes, painting the woodwork the same colour as walls will be more relaxing. When I suggested , I had this in mind




    However, the framed refined look can be achieved also with white and brass too

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