It’s been a while since I shared any interiors content, and to be honest it’s because we got so far so quickly before we then took a step back to finish off all the details. Downstairs was always a priority when we moved in almost a year ago, because I wanted to be able to relax somewhere comforting while having the ‘entertaining space’ finished, but that meant that our three bedrooms have taken an age to get right. The bonus of having a husband who designs and builds furniture is that we’ve saved thousands of pounds on bespoke designs – but the downside is that he’s only been able to work on it in his spare time, making the whole process far longer than had we opted for a plethora of IKEA. But the wait was absolutely worth it… You may have seen bits and pieces already, but finally here’s our master bedroom makeover reveal!
Fast forward to June 2019 and on a bit of a whim we decided to paint our main bedroom a dusty pink (Valspar Paint ‘Yoga Pose’ FYI.) The rooms surrounding it are sage green and grey, while downstairs we’d already decided on a blue living room and lemon kitchen; that didn’t leave a lot of colour to choose from on the spectrum, especially as the dusty purple shade we thought we loved didn’t really work in reality. I favoured a pale blush pink shade, but it was Josh who decided ‘if you’re gonna go pink, go pink’ and chose a tone far bolder and darker than I envisioned!
I’ve never been a lover of pink, so to be honest I don’t know what I was thinking. In the rush to get as much painted as quickly as possible (we had a week with the house completely empty, so took the opportunity to paint everywhere we could while we could,) it seemed like a good idea… But the end result was very pink. VERY pink. I had faith that I could make it work and use other colours and textures to counteract the boldness of the shade, and through trial and error I think we’ve finally made it into a room I truly love.
The key was to tone down the pink as much as possible by making all of our furniture grey. New builds are renowned for not coming with ample amount of space, so when it came to our bedroom we had to make what we had work as much as possible for our needs – without making the room too dark. We opted for a light grey shade across our wardrobes, bedside tables and dressing table to bring the whole thing together. Our bed was a darker shade of grey and came from Arista Living, a great online store that allows you (at half the price of other retailers) design the bed that suits your exact needs; you can choose the style, colour, headboard and storage options in only a few clicks, and I couldn’t fault the end product at all.
Josh’s very skilled hands built a set of bespoke fitted wardrobes to host all my clothes, bags and accessories; I love the fact I have all my stuff in one place and can more easily see my options (even if a lot of the overflow is under the bed in baskets!) but as soon as I close the doors the room instantly looks cleaner, more elegant and ‘intentional’. Because of the need for space for the doors to open the room available for bedside tables was somewhat limited, so we downsized our clunky old cabinets for a simple floating unit with a little storage drawer; honestly it’s all we need, plus it frees up the space underneath (which usually has a pile of clothes / an acupuncture mat / slippers in!)
My dressing table held such emotion for me, as a project Josh worked on when we first got together, so I didn’t want to get rid of it just because it was too big for the space. He spent such a long designing, carving and building it that it was a piece enriched with memories; the solution was to cut it down to size and remove the set of drawers that were originally to the right of the table, making it fit the space. After spraying it the same grey as the wardrobes and changing the handles, I then had a dresser to fit our new master bedroom perfectly.
With pink walls, grey carpet and grey furniture it was time to start lifting the space with a few fittings and accessories. Although originally I’d chosen a tassel lightshade, it didn’t feel like it offered the balance I was looking for; it felt too feminine, so instead we found these black metal light fittings and matching bedside lamps from Dunelm to bring a touch of ‘toughness’ to the room. I really love the stripped back design, while making a real statement in the limited space we had; so many light fittings would’ve overwhelmed the small room, but this worked exactly the way I wanted.
With my favourite spotty bedsheets to bring a touch of lightness, a contrasting through just for fun, and our personalised Back To The Future quote that I got Josh for Christmas, it really helps to stop the room feeling like somewhere Elle Woods would chill out in. To save space we also mounted the TV on the wall, used mirrors to create the illusion of depth and even hung plant pots to give me somewhere to store my hair styling tools. (Yep, they’re plant pots!)
The finishing touch was definitely our picture wall. Originally we wanted to hang different prints of New York, somewhere we both love and have been many times, but when we started to look at our options it felt too cold in a room designed to feel comforting and peaceful. Instead we decided upon the creation of a monochrome wall of memories, still keeping with our muted colour scheme but using photos of us together to warm up the space – metaphorically at least! I printed some selfies and photos of us via Snapfish and picked up a load of box frames from The Range, organised them in a way that looked good and Josh spent ages with a tape measure trying to get them to look just right.
And it’s probably my favourite part of the room.
It’s taken a long time, but finally it’s finished. (Although I still want to get some decent squishy pillows, some different curtains and perhaps a rug when we’re finally allowed to go shopping again.) I really love our pink and grey bedroom, even if it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when we started. If I’ve learned one thing along the way, it’s that interior decorating requires a lot of patience and fluid intentions!
WHERE EVERYTHING IS FROM
Bed | Arista Living | £534.99 | LINK
Bedsheets | Sainsbury’s Home | £28.00 | LINK
Throw | Matalan | £18.00 | LINK
Cushions | Dunelm | £10.00 each | LINK
Bedside Table | Bespoke, Josh Hall Furniture
Bedside Lamps | Dunelm | £22.00 each | LINK
Wardrobes | Bespoke, Josh Hall Furniture
Light Fitting | Dunelm | £55.00 | LINK
Picture Frames | The Range | £3.50 each
Wire Quote Design | The Wire Room | £ bespoke | LINK
Dressing Table | Bespoke, Josh Hall Furniture
Round Mirror | Dunelm | £20.00 | LINK
Hair Storage Pots | La Redoute | £20.00 Each | LINK
Miscellaneous Details | Matalan, Homesense, Neon Sheep, Amazon | Prices Vary