lanc70

Help with a boring bedroom

lanc70
5 years ago
Hi! We are just getting around to doing up our spare room. However I cannot see any way to make it nice and cosy. Anyone have any ideas? I think the paint colour is wrong firstly but don't want to change it until I know where Im going with it. Thanks

Comments (23)

  • Matthew Decorator
    5 years ago
    White walls or perhaps off white with a brave feature wall, think a deep purple, bright red or dull orange etc

    You could alternatively paper the headboard wall instead of painting it
  • minnie101
    5 years ago

    Which way does the room face and how much light do you get?

  • lanc70
    Original Author
    5 years ago
    Its east facing so it gets very little light. Just two small windows in the room.
  • mrsmcee74
    5 years ago
    Agree with Minnie. Eau de nil would also be great as very restful for a bedroom. Recommend Pale Powder by Farrow and Ball and Pale Eau De Nil by Laura Ashley. Laura Ashley have some lovely wallpapers in the Eau de nil. Then add in natural tones, or whites, or greys, or other pastel tones.
  • PRO
    Cheryl Tarbuck Design
    5 years ago

    Be careful adding a feature wall behind the bed as it could make the wall recede further. A lovely head board would be a better feature . Roman blinds set above the windows so when they are up you are not loosing any light. Bedside lights suggest the type that include an LED reading arm too, so you can have the softness of the normal lamp with practicality of the other. Main light fitting perhaps a retro chandelier - plenty of good lighting on line now to suit all budgets. Same for bedsides and mirror - depending on style .What is the rest of your house like - traditional or contemporary ? What is your flooring,bit hard to tell from the picture and what colours do you like, how do you feel about pattern ? The room is basically fine you just need a style direction to go for. It's amazing what a throw , cushions and a bit of pattern can do for a room.

  • lanc70
    Original Author
    5 years ago
    Thanks so much for the suggestions, really appreciate the time taken. The floor is a dark brown laminate which I really regret putting in, I wish I put in light floorboards or carpet. The house is modern but I love the traditional style.The pictures in that mood board are fab, I think there is no avoiding having to paint the room as my first step. Thanks again!
  • mrsmcee74
    5 years ago
    The dark floor would actually be really nice with the colours we've mentioned. If budget allows you could always put a pale rug down which always gives a luxury look. Good luck, please post pictures when it's all done :)
  • PRO
    Pavilion Broadway
    5 years ago
    last modified: 5 years ago

    Ok so we can definitely give you a few pointers.... fear not, help is here!

    We like to call your spare room a typical "blank canvas".

    1st, when designing any room you need to think who is going to be using it, what's its purpose and then build your scheme around its function!

    Guest rooms often need to be unisex so boys like it as much a girls and it can also be a place for a couple to use.

    Guest rooms can be fun because your friends/family do not need to live in them, a bit like hotel room, a guest room can provide your guest with a bit of extra style that they might not have everyday but might relish the thought of being spoilt with a fun design occasionally.

    Firstly looking at your room specifically we would say that there are a few things we would recommend -

    1. Feature wall behind your bed, this is a very good idea but PLEASE DO NOT paint it. Painted feature walls are a little bit passé, its now all about the WALLPAPER Feature wall, like we have recently done in a bedroom where we used a fun Timorous Beasties wallpaper behind the bed:

    Please see our large range of wallpaper on our website: Wallpapers at Pavilion Broadway

    2. HEADBOARD

    Head boards are a great way to add lots of style into the room. You can have these made up by an upholsterer or you can buy them. We had this headboard made and it injected sophisticated elegance into the room. You can have the Headboard made to any shape and height that you like and have it wall mounted.

    2. BEDSIDE TABLES & LAMPS

    Bedside tables are crucial as are lamps as your guests will appreciate bedside lighting and this will make the room cozy.

    3. DRESSING TABLE & CHEST OF DRAWS

    The room appears to have a large amount of space at the end of the bed so it would be a really thoughtful feature to supply your guests with a dressing table, chest of draws and somewhere to hang their clothes. Like we did recently in this Country Retreat in the Cotswolds:

    4. RUGS & ARTWORK

    Try not to forget to add a rug, at the end of the bed would be good, and artwork!

    We wish you luck and if you need any further advise please feel free to contact us!

    PB

  • Najeebah
    5 years ago
    hi lanc. how about an art piece between the windows. you can also have one on the wall opposite. or, if space allows, have some display shelves there. if the room feels too narrow, you may try a large mirror on that wall (but that doesn't really give a traditional feel) I agree with painting, headboard and such. Also, if you can, consider getting a dresser and /or cupboard/chest of drawers for the wall opposite the bed/ wall of the windows, and a bench to be placed at the foot of the bed. side tables/pedestals matching the other furniture can be used
  • Natalie Patton
    5 years ago
    I would go with duck egg blue or mint green or both since they work well together they're some beautiful feature wallpapers you could use to incorporate both colours and I'd use white furniture to give the room a modern cottage feel
  • PRO
    colourhappy
    5 years ago

    Sorry to throw a spanner in the works but duck egg blue is such a cold colour and may not make it cosy. I actually like the colour it is now but it needs to be complemented with a warm indian red or something similar. I would paper the headboard wall with real grasscloth wallpaper and add texture (perhaps a huge wicker pendant lampshade) and maybe an antique rug. Agree with idea Roman blinds. You could also add low sidetables in a warm wood and a huge distressed wood mirror.

  • lanc70
    Original Author
    5 years ago
    Wow! Such detailed replys, and so helpful - thank you all so much. So I went into Laura Ashley yesterday and picked up a duck egg paint sample and a few sample wallpapers. I am going to play around with them for a while before I decide. I am a little worried about the room being too blue but when the accessories and all are put in im sure it will even out. Thanks again!
  • Najeebah
    5 years ago
    welcome :) let us know how it goes
  • Jonathan
    5 years ago

    http://www.fashionwallpaper.co.uk/orla-kiely-multi-stem-wallpaper-110384.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=product&gclid=CIDmkYfY3MYCFSXJtAodIUkDSg


    choose a wallpaper for inspiration and necessary pattern. I would paper the bed head wall, paint the walls an off white then go shopping for: Plain full length eyelet curtains in an fresh green, a pale headboard, white bedside tables, bedside lights with pale blue shades, white duvet but pale blue accents in the sheets, a bed throw in a pale blue, patterned cushions in green, a pale rug with texture and somewhere for guests to store clothes- either a tallboy or perhaps a peg rail on the wall and a chair.

  • PRO
    Secret Linen Store
    5 years ago

    How lovely to have such a blank canvas to work with! A statement wall is always fantastic, especially in a guest room as you don't have to live with it day to day and therefore there is less chance of you changing your mind on the colour / print. If you do opt for a feature wall make sure you keep all your soft furnishings neutral. Another option is to go for plain white walls and add pattern and fun through the furniture pieces and the bed linen (we LOVE pattern). You can stick with neutral colours but adding a pattern creates a fun element for the room and adds to the hotel feel you want to create in a guest room.


  • PRO
    Mellow Duck
    5 years ago

    You could always add a splash of interest with a Muscovy at the end of the bed - great to add colour but also useful to sit on, put your clothes on etc etc. Other shapes such as the Bali or Saxony also make great bedside tables.......lots of different fabrics to choose from too.


  • maradadidesignandstyling
    5 years ago

    Adding width BEHIND THE BED - with a headboard (which doesn't have to be a "headboard"; it could be fabric, collection of mirrors, collection of pictures, a farm gate!, small chairs or stools) across the entire width.

    Matching bedside tables/bookcases/chests/ with LAMPS - useful storage for extra books, extra bedding, etc.

    CURTAINS always warm up a room. People will always feel colder away from home - provide an extra blanket or duvet to add to the bed.

    I notice there is no WARDROBE. Not really necessary for overnight guests (provide hooks on the back of the door) but useful for storing your out-of-season coats, etc. There is plenty of room behind the door. Buy one on eBay and paint it to suit your colour scheme.


  • maradadidesignandstyling
    5 years ago

    Bring the ceiling colour about 20cm down the walls to make the room seem wider and more airy.

  • Gemma Nixon
    5 years ago
    I'd go for very pale grey/white to keep it light and airy but with some bold coloured accessories to brighten and add warmth.
  • Tom Flanagan
    5 years ago

    Hey!

    If you're not sure what to do with the window, we might be able to help you out - we're hosting a [Live Chat this Friday on window dressings at 3pm[(https://www.houzz.co.uk/discussions/houzz-live-chat-tips-for-dressing-your-windows-september-4th-3pm-dsvw-vd~3329526), where some of our experts will be answering your dilemmas! Feel free to leave a question for them and hopefully they can help you out.

  • maddiemo
    5 years ago
    I'm sure you've had some brill advice but it's a spare room and if you want to keep costs to a minimum I'd keep the wall colour, push the bed to the side wall and buy a cream sheepskin rug to brighten the floor, a cream bedside cabinet and lovely bedside lamp. A couple of cushions to dress the bed that included sequins to add sparkle and dress the window with a Roman blind. Oh and a bit of art on a wall goes a long way to warming a room up.
  • PRO
    Akiva Projects Ltd
    5 years ago

    Hello,

    First of all start thinking what style would you like this room to feature, do you like contemporary, minimalistic, traditional? what your favourite colours are? It is not necessary to change the colour of walls just to create a feature wall. You can decorate a wall with wallpaper, paint it in different colour or you could add some framed artwork, canvas or multiple framed images.

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