Last weekend we gave our bedroom a new lick of white paint and rearranged some furniture. Well I say ‘we’, I did help a bit but Greig did the lion’s share while I kept the kids out of the way! Our bedroom really needed brightening up as it was the one room in the house that had never been properly decorated since we moved in five years ago.
We’ve also used it as an excuse to have a bit of a clear out and a switch around with some furniture, which should help the room feel more spacious and less cluttered. I’ll share a proper post of the new look soon. But while gathering ideas on pinterest, I started to spot a recurring theme in some of my pins – the idea of a bedroom as an alternative lounge!
Stick with me on this, but it seems to me that we are using our bedrooms more like traditional boudoirs again. They are more than just places to sleep, but where we spend time relaxing, exercising, studying, eating and even working (often in the company of others). And we’re decorating them accordingly, with furniture and accessories more traditionally used in a lounge or living room.
Our headboards are doubling up as mantelpieces, coffee tables are taking the place of linen boxes and laminate is replacing carpet. Often traditional fireplaces are a really nice feature of a bedroom in older properties, where the mantelpiece can be used for displaying plants and adding personality. And even if you don’t have the original fireplace or live in a newer property you can always source one to create a feature in your bedroom – try Thornhill Galleries for both antique or reproduction fireplaces.
Lighting, rugs, throws, vases, candles, flowers, plants and objet d’art are now more than ever being used to great effect in bedrooms. In particular, I love the idea of using a sideboard instead of a traditional dressing table (as has been done so well in the examples below) – so much so that I’ve decided to do the same.
A few years ago we picked up a retro sideboard in a local vintage shop and it’s been in our back room (storing DVDs, admittedly). I don’t feel like we’ve done it justice or made as much use of it as we should have done – it’s a lovely piece of dark honey coloured, mid-century furniture and it deserves to be enjoyed.
So when I spotted this idea on pinterest, it was a bit of a lightbulb moment (love, love, love pinterest) and we’ve now moved it up to our bedroom. It’s taken the place of a dressing table that took up far too much room and was more ornamental than useful. Instead, the sideboard looks great: modern yet vintage and it really complements the bed.
It makes sense too; I’ll enjoy this piece of furniture in our bedroom (both practically as well as aesthetically) far more than I currently do where it resides in our back room. The extra storage space will come in handy and I think I’ll enjoy styling up the surface with some of my favourite things. The mister is already enjoying the fact that he can now share this piece of furniture with me as there are lots of useful cupboards and drawers to store jumpers, socks and cufflinks etc. And the surface is an excellent space for extra lamps, candles, a vase of flowers plus my ever growing collection of jewellery, which can be out on display.
It’s completely transformed the mood of the room from a slightly cramped place where we sleep to one of my favourite rooms in the house, where I want to spend even more time than I do already. I might even introduce a floor lamp and another chair, who knows!? Will share more photos of this mini room makeover soon so you can see what I mean.
What kind of environment do you want your bedroom to be?
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