We were torn between a monochrome or colour theme in Sammuel and Dixie's shared bedroom. In the end we decided to paint the walls and the house bed white giving us a blank canvas to let loose with a bit of everything! Working with a neutral base makes it easy to introduce colour/pattern and texture when and where you want it. It's also easier to change when you fancy something different!
Our vision was create zones within the room for nappy changing, clothes storage, reading and sleeping, as well as leaving plenty of room to move around and play. The house bed would take centre stage and give Sammuel and Dixie somewhere to sleep and also a little hideaway space each. Dixie has just turned 2 and shares our bed, so for now her bed is just a little sanctuary for her, but when she's ready she'll sleep in there too!
The wardrobe was the second largest piece of furniture in the room and after stalking a few on eBay we won it for £5! It doesn't look much in the auction picture but with a little imagination it scrubs up rather well. Mixing up thrifty pieces with more expensive items breathes life into the room and is good if you're watching the pennies.
We cleaned, sanded and painted the wardrobe a lovely bright mint green (using Eco Organic Paint for wood). It contrasts really well with some of the more modern pieces and it's vintage look gives the room a really warm feeling. It's great storage for the children's clothes and they love the original key that locks the door (we've had to tie it to the handle with string!)
We created a little bedtime reading spot next to the wardrobe with a small doodle drop shelf for books, and a Farg Form play mat and piles of cushions for a relaxed, cosy little place to cuddle up. The kids love to 'rearrange' the cushions! We can choose whether to have all of the cushions out or we can pop them away into a Ferm Living laundry basket if the room is feeling a bit cramped!
Once all the furniture was in and areas were defined we put up posters, prints, postcards, wall hooks and wall stickers to tie all the colours in the room together. The pink cat fur & glasses poster
works beautifully with the mint green of the wardrobe and the Pirum Parum
complements the pastel bright cable lights perfectly. We used neon triangle wall stickers from Ferm Living
on the floorboards which look great! they lead into the room and then up the door.
So there you have it - one shiny new bedroom for two! If you'd like to see all the lovely things we used to decorate check out our inspiration board here