Master Bedroom

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.

Fabric for Headboard
Zaphyr Marine Upholstery Fabric

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.

Sitting Room

The design of the sitting room was based on the purchase of a new Navy L shape sofa bought from Casey’s in Cork. To be honest when we bought the sofa first, , it seemed huge in the room as it had a higher back compared to our previous three piece brown sofa and the room seemed very vacant compared to the previous room layout.

It took quiet some time to try and decide how to decorate around the room as I wanted to keep roman blinds and wall paint I had (fawn colour). The fireplace in the room consists of a large oak fireplace. First of all I thought about using a monochromatic blue/white colour scheme but decided not to go with it as the previous colour scheme was monochromatic in cream and browns.

Eventually I found a beautiful multi-coloured rug from Next, The colour palette of the rug together with the navy in the couch provided me with a huge colour range to work with.

To balance the room better, I introduced two Queen Ann Chairs which are very different style wise to the couch. However, I had these reupholisted in a beautiful amber and green colour which tone in well with the wool rug. and make them more contemporary looking but still keeping the classic shape. I also had some cushions made in the same fabric which I could use on the couch to bring the colours together. An existing footstool was also reupholstered in the same green fabric.

Rather than put a big coffee table on the coloured rug, I chose two sets of small side table which I could hold beside the chairs.  Two mustard lamps were added to the room. 

To tie the room and colours together better, the main wall together with wall lights was painted in Navy (Dulux Moda Gatsby Blue. The navy colour really complimented the warmth of the oak wood in the fireplace and the wall lights provide a lovely effect at night.

To accessorise the room, I placed a large gold mirror above the fireplace which contrasts beautifully with the dark navy blue on the wall. To the left of the fireplaces is a metal shelf unit where I placed several objects vases, pictures in colours to compliment the colour scheme.

At night time the wall lights also provide a lovely glow or mood lighting.

On holidays last year in Italy, we purchased two beautiful prints, on a beach scene and one a city scene of Manhattan which I have framed in a bronze/gold to tie in mirror . All in all I think i have create a lovely warm contemporary vibrant sitting room .