Our little master bedroom is finally finished (bar the odd plant maybe) and I am excited to share it with you! Believe it or not, it is the first time in our married life, that we have actually had a bedroom of ours finished. Our first home was rented so it was never an option, and our next home had a long list of “To Do’s” that never got done, and then we threw in the towel sold it. And then we bought this house, and here we are now – all settled in house number 3 and a lovely bedroom that is all done and I couldn’t be happier with this space.
We moved into our village semi last summer and it is vastly different to living in an old back to back in Leeds. I did love our house in Leeds for the sheer size of the rooms and the character it had (not to mention that it was the first house we bought together). But, as we were pretty skint for the years that we lived there, and as it held some sad memories, we never really got off the ground with renovations or even finishing the decorating in places . When we bought this house though, we really liked not only its layout and location, but that it didn’t need really need any major things doing to it all. We were excited to just embrace it as it was and put our style into it! It does have potential to extend or redesign if we choose to like some of our neighbours have, but for now we have what we need and our focus is to decorate the rooms to feel like home for us!
We have 3 bedrooms and all are double rooms, so we are fortunate enough to be able to have good size rooms for the kids too. Our room isn’t hugely any different (size wise) to the Girls room, but we took as the previous owners had it as their bedroom and we liked the already fitted wardrobes. Whilst they could be bigger too, and we have talked about extended them, for now they are totally sufficient for what we need!
When we moved in last year, we decided to go with grey and ochre as our colour scheme, and this was all because I fell in love with this rather cool wallpaper from wilko – it won my heart and basically made the decision for us. Nath was happy with grey and like me does like some colour in there too. I am all about colour accents, and I really love bold patterns and generally stuff I look that makes me think “gosh that’s cool” (wait til I show you downstairs!!) this wallpaper did just that, as did the cool velvet light shades and Ikea cushions on the bed (that all bring out the ochre tones).
Whilst this room is quite bold and a little crazy I suppose for some, I also feel it isn’t too much and has a the right balance to be able to keep our bedroom calm and relaxing too. So, without further ado, let me talk you through it.
Our Grey & Ochre Master Bedroom
I decided to only use the wallpaper as an accent wall, because it is a small space and would probably be too much. The other 3 walls are a light warm grey that we picked out and matched to the pattern. The wall where we wanted the bed, is the side we decided to wallpaper and this was done pretty much the same day we got the keys! It then took us a few months to paint and get curtains and everything else!
I really like how well our bed fits with the colour scheme – we have had this bed since we got married and I love its old fashioned style . I think one day, one without the foot bars and a padded headboard would probably fit the room better, but with our new Simba mattress and some snug bedding I am really happy with it as it is for now.
Above the bed I wanted some art or pics, but wasn’t 100% sure what as the wall is already rather busy! One thing I was keen on though were some letters of our initials! Nathan’s parents, for as long as I can remember have had an initial above their sides of the bed and I have really loved it. I bought some wooden letters to do the same for us from hobbycraft for about £3 each, and then painted them with a tester pot in a darker grey! I am not 100% sure on the picture collage, but I do like the couple shots we have – I am thinking of blowing up some wedding pictures that are black and white and more smoochy to put up in its place.
The cushions on the bed are from Ikea as is the grey shaggy rug at my side of the bed – I really like them both.
We both have a set of drawers that mix nicely with the yellow tones and silver/pewter vibe, which were inherited – as were the 2 mirrors that we hung above them! The big one for my side, came from our old house and it is a home thing I especially love. I really love getting peoples cast offs – especially if they are in my style (as these most certainly are) they are exciting, a treasure, and make a room great without have to spend a lot!
The hardest thing about finishing our room was actually finding light shades that had the look and vibe I wanted! In the end, and after months of getting them and then returning them, I picked up some ochre velvet ones in The Range a couple of weeks ago for £4 each when I went shopping with Nath’s mum and sisters – high 5 to me! I was so so pleased! I did consider glass ones for a long time, but as we have 2 light fittings, a small space and are both tall people, it was a disaster waiting to happen. I am really pleased with my velvet ones though and they bring something special to the room to finish it off!
I am so pleased to finally have our bedroom done – it is cool and calm and a space I love to be in! It is very much my style and Mr Smith loves it too – happy wife…happy life and all that! We love this room to share together and are happy with how it has come together.