Like most projects we start, we already have certain elements in the room. I had cream built in wardrobes and cream lockers and the room was dominated with a large black and white floral wallpaper set off with a large bespoke black headboard all of which worked very well. But sometimes, you want a change but I wanted to utilise the headboard and still keep this wall, as the main focal point in the room. My initial thought, when decorating this room was to try and get wallpaper that would work with the existing black headboard and that had an urban sort of feel.
You think it would be easy to choose this type of wallpaper?? Well it isn’t, I looked at numerous versions of grey/cement/texture type wallpaper but felt the room would be too grey for me, so I I was delighted when I stumbled across this beautiful blue tempura wallpaper from Homebase which contained a mish mash of blues, creams, greys and the hint of black vein running through it, which I thought would work well with the headboard.
The room was already painted cream in colour, so I was looking for a change and chose the blue colour (misty cloud by Dulux) to paint the remaining walls. I also had the same colour mixed to paint the doors to give a more streamlined and contemporary look to the room. When finished, the black of the headboard appeared too harsh, so I recovered the headboard with a beautiful upholstery fabric called Zephyr Marine sourced from Home Focus. I also used the same fabric to recover the base of the bed.
Happy with what I had chosen, I was ready to accessorise and bring the room together. See the mood board below based on the choices made so far and what else i needed to help build and give the room a cohesive look
A new light grey carpet (silver crescent) was laid which toned very well with the grey colour from the wallpaper and complimented the misty cloud chosen for the walls and doors. I picked up two beautiful mustard coloured table lamps from the Carolyn Donnelly Collection from Dunnes Stores which worked as a great contrast to the Zephyr Marine colour chosen for the Headboard and Bed base as well toning in well with the mustard highlights in the wallpaper. I already had the cream lockers and the wardrobes were built in place.
A good design is not only about the aesthetic of the room, its about the different elements in the room and how they work together. It’s the clever play of al the elements in the room. In this room I created a focal point with the feature wallpapered wall and headboard which I think is both visually and textually appealing. The play and texture of the fabric and the wallpaper work well together and the zephyr marine used on the headboard draws out the blues and green in the wallpaper.
The mustard lamps siting on each bedside locker provide additional balance to the room as delivering a great accent colour to the blue in the headboard and complimenting the mustard in the wallpaper. Using the Zepyhr marine colour in the base of the bed and headboard continues to keep the eye interested and visually appealing and helps balance the space.
I alternate between a mixture of grey bed linen/and cream bed linen which work well with the headboard, wallpaper and and grey carpet selected. Below are some different angles taken of the room which should give you a good idea of the finished makeover. Hope you enjoyed reading this. I was delighted with the outcome.