I worked on my bedroom revamp as part of a paid collaboration with John Lewis & Partners, though I was not asked to produce this blog post as part of the partnership.
I’d been wanting to give my bedroom an update a while. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. It’s a place to feel safe and secure, with everything in it ideally being geared towards you going there to get the most restful sleep you possibly can.
There’s a study Dulux undertook a few years ago now that said green was the colour best suited to bedrooms. It promotes wellness, aides relaxation and supposedly has calming properties. On the other side of the spectrum, anything in the red family is least conducive to sleep and in fact works to awaken the mind. Something to keep in mind when decorating your bedroom!
If this wasn’t a rental property I would liked to have found a way to create a paneling effect to the lower section of the wall. Whilst there are definitely ways of doing it without damaging the walls, I decided to work with just paint on account of the skirting boards. They’re an original feature of the flat (dating back to the early 1900s) and much like the walls, absolutely do not run true.
In order to create paneling that was level around the room it would have been a very large, bespoke job. Maybe one day!
Lower Section: Little Greene’s Green Stone – Absolute Matte Emulsion
Ceiling & Top Section: Wilko’s Chalk White- Matte Emulsion
Woodwork & Radiator: Wilko’s Delicate Chalk – Eggshell
I’m a big believer in quality paint and you’ll find I use a lot of Little Greene paint (kindly purchased for this project with a press discount). I also believe in using your budget wisely, which is why you’ll see the secondary colour and additional paints come from Wilko.
It’s good quality, affordable, easy to get hold of and if you’re looking for what I would call a more ‘basic’ colour – in this case a softly muted white – then it’s perfect. I would never have found the right shade of green (or stone in the case of the living room) from them, but it’s just about working out where you should spend and where you can save!
How I did it
It’s important to not measure around the room if you think the walls run off. In some places the line is 52” from the floor, in other’s it’s as little as 49”. The bed frame and the wall light were the big factors in deciding on where the line would be. I wanted the green to come out from the headboard and for the wall light to sit just below the line.
Firstly I brought both of these into the room and decided on the correct height for the light to sit, measured above and made a mark. From this mark onwards I ditched the measuring tape and instead used a spirit level, drawing a straight line with a soft grey colouring pencil, following the line around the room with the spirit level ensuring it was perfectly level. If I had gone solely from measuring the height you’d find the line would have gone very, very wonky.
One of the biggest tips I’ve learned from decorating guru Melanie Lissack is to use ProDec Masking Tape. Do not use the regular beige masking tape – it will absolutely rip your paint off. I masked off the lower section of the wall first, bringing the tape up to the bottom of the line I’d drawn.
First up I painted the ceiling, moving down to the wall section and bringing the same Chalk White colour down to the masking tape line. It took 2 coats overall, but it’s important to note that the walls before-hand were also a shade of white.
As that was drying I applied the first coat of the Green Stone, leaving a small gap around the masking tape line. I left the top section overnight to dry fully; even the best masking tape will take off paint if isn’t fully dry.
Once I was sure the top section was dry, I took off the current masking and applied a new line, sitting about the line and taped onto the freshly painting Chalk White section. This allowed me to use a small roller to fill in the gap I’d left and bring the two sections together, before a second coat of the green went over it all.
Again leaving it to fully dry first, I removed the masking tape. The line is incredibly crisp but as with every wall in this old property, they’re uneven. To correct any instances of the green having bled underneath the tape where the wall had a bump, I took a fine watercolour brush and just touched up with each colour. To be honest, it was only a handful of occasions and didn’t take me longer than 5 minutes to do.
I hate gloss. Really, really hate gloss. I want all paint to be absolutely matte, even the woodwork and radiators. I’d used the Wilko Eggshell paint for the woodwork in the living room a few months earlier and whilst I can’t I find the paint the easiest to use, I find the finish to be the best for me. It matches the wall’s emulsion texture perfectly.
It can be quite thin and certainly not the easiest to use on a radiator (a roller left an awful finish, so I used a brush instead) but the payoff is there. Everything had two coats, though you have to leave it to fully dry between coats or the second begins to buckle up the first!
The room had a large set of oak drawers (my wardrobe sits in the spare bedroom) and a brass circular mirror sitting above it, those both went back exactly where they were. The room itself is tricky dimensions and there’s no other position they could have gone in. I also really love both pieces. The chest of drawers are from Habitat several years ago, though I swapped out the handles for some monochromatic numbers from Zara Home to give a bit of a twist. The mirror used to be called the Patsy, though it’s had a bit of an update now. The chest of drawers are sadly long gone.
The wool rug I had also remained in place. It’s a lovely piece and worked well with the colours of the room.
A few years ago I worked with Simba on some content and genuinely, sleeping on this mattress has been a game changer. I say that not because I’m anyway still associated with them, but because it’s a fact. I find it by far the comfiest mattress I have ever slept on.
Wall Mounted Plug In Lamp – £60
Rattan Double Bed – £599
White Crinkle Bed Linen – £90
Contrasting Blush Pillowcases – £3.50 Each
Plaster Crinkled Bedspread – £80
Velvet Cushion – £40
Rattan Bedside Table – £99
This Works Candle – £26
Ren Sleep Spray – £16
Ridged Vase – £24
Weighted Sleep MaskVelvet Cushion – £15