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Master Bedroom | Tidy Place Tidy Mind?

So, if you read the post about our guest room and home study you’ll know that this was the other side of the new partition wall project. The major work here was blocking up the 1970s serving hatch to the kitchen, replacing the window, removing the wood chip wallpaper/artex ceiling/cornicing and creating a new doorway and wall. With freshly plastered walls, a slim-line radiator and new electric points we had the clean blank canvas we were hoping for. Choosing how to turn it from a box with one window into a characterful hard-working master bedroom was the next challenge!

The 'before' photos showing the room the day we moved in and subsequently during the renovation process.

The ‘before’ photos showing the room the day we moved in and subsequently during the renovation process.

We sent away for wallpaper samples from Roddy & Ginger and Cole & Son and settled on the Cow Parsley design from Cole & Son. Googling decorators we hit it lucky with AJT and would recommend if you’re also Dorset based for a friendly, cost-efficient and professional service!

The next step was choosing paint – this had to be from Little Greene in our book. We selected six sample pots from their grey range from Urbane Grey to Shallows. Seeing the colours in-situ and against the various finishes we’d chosen was invaluable and we settled instantly for Wood Ash which quietly but brilliantly seemed to bring the scheme together. We’ve already passed on the sample pots to friends renovating who’ve said they’ve been looking for the right grey for six months and loved Wood Ash for ‘not being too grey’. Grey is a hard colour to get right and Little Greene will definitely set you on the right track so we’d recommend ordering a few sample pots to ensure you get the tone right for your space.

Bedding from MissPrint, Bed from John Lewis, Ceiling light from Snowpuppe and table light from Ikea.

Bedding from MissPrint, Bed from John Lewis, Ceiling light from Snowpuppe and table light from Ikea.

The benefits of using this quality paint really shines when you’re mid-renovation – it doesn’t smell, dries super quickly, requires half the number of coats of cheap paint and brushes can be washed in water. Two walls painted dutifully in Wood Ash Absolute Matt Emulsion and the starkness of the matt white skirting, ceiling and shutters made this subtle soft grey colour sing.

Next was a bit of an Ikea hack. We wanted to have a room where everything had a place – what is it they say? A tidy house = a tidy mind? Whilst with 2 young boys this might not be the case for our home, it could be the case for our bedroom.

Our aim was to maximise the end wall to provide built in storage. We decided that Ikea was the way to go as it provides endless options for storage and we would just need to create a trim to make it look fitted. Using MDF painted in the soft grey we framed the wardrobe units so it gives the appearance of being fitted.

Images show the storage configuration we opted for (his and her spaces with an 'occasional' slimline wardrobe to the side. We framed the wardrobe with MDF painted in Little Greene 'Wood Ash' which makes the wardrobe look fitted and part of the room itself.

Images show the storage configuration we opted for (his and her spaces with an ‘occasional’ slimline wardrobe to the side. We framed the wardrobe with MDF painted in Little Greene ‘Wood Ash’ which continues around the corner onto the window wall and makes the wardrobe look fitted and part of the room itself.

We chose a bedframe and mattress from John Lewis (the Jamie bedstead from their hugely fresh and tempting ‘House’ range). It doesn’t have a footboard which really helps free up the space around the bed which otherwise could have felt a squeeze! The bedding is from MissPrint and Joules – we’re huge fans of this mustard colour and it’s a zingy print to wake up to!

L-R: The 'Wood Ash' grey paint seamlessly works with the Cole & Son wallpaper and helps pick out features such as skirting and doors. Looking up at night at the Snowpuppe light is really beautiful with its geometric forms.

L-R: The ‘Wood Ash’ grey paint seamlessly works with the Cole & Son wallpaper and helps pick out features such as skirting and doors. Looking up at night at the Snowpuppe light is really beautiful with its geometric forms.

Lastly, we’ve featured Snowpuppe before here and this time went one larger with the Moth XL paper origami light in grey with a matching Kroonnuppe ceiling rose. The ceiling rose comes as scored card and you watch a lovely video which walks you through the steps to folding and creating it – it’s fascinating and makes you appreciate the lampshade even more! They are a great company who give you the flexibility to choose colours, cords and features – definitely one for creative homes.

During the renovation of these rooms we’ve had the stairgate up to stop the kids from accessing tools and paints. Now we’re finished it really should come down… but perhaps it’ll stay a bit longer so we can protect our little eden of freshly painted walls and unsticky mirrors… !

For more photos of the scheme head to our Pinterest page

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