Creating a little girls bedroom

Creating a little girls bedroom

When I found out that I was pregnant with number 2 one of the first things that I began to think about as a designer was a new room and larger space for Felicity who at 3 would need to move out of the nursery when her new sibling arrived.

We decided to renovate the large bedroom at the front of the house, full of sunshine all afternoon and into the evening. This started with the usual clearing of space, stripping of old wallpaper, and unfortunately as the house is so old having to get the walls re skimmed.

We were then left with a blank canvas; I chose some beautiful Laura Ashley archived wallpaper called Summer Palace in Linen for the chimney breast. It has a warm neutral for the base with pops of bright pastel pink, yellow, blue and green. Elegant yet fun for a child’s bedroom.

I complimented the wallpaper with paint called Joanna by Little Greene Paint Company, which picked up on the colour of the branches in the wallpaper. This was for the other walls and I used Little Greene Flint for the ceiling and woodwork. 

As we had blank canvas there was no storage, therefore I decided to install a bespoke, hand-painted shaker style wardrobe into the alcove to the right of the fireplace. I chose a bright pink Little Greene paint called Hellebore to compliment the wallpaper. This colour helps to give the room depth and the wardrobe adds a sense of permanence. 

I designed the wardrobe to have a shelf above the hanging rail and an internal drawer at the bottom. The layout works well, and as the wardrobe is nearly full height in the room all of the available space has been utilised.

I was very pleased that I managed to find the same carpet that we installed in the nursery; a warm grey flecked carpet made of 80% wool which was installed after the decorating and wardrobe had been completed.

After came a white ornate metal trundle bed, bespoke Laura Ashley Summer Palace blackout roman blinds, white curtains to frame the window, a bespoke drum 40cm drum shade in Summer Palace Linen and a lot of toys!

After completing the renovation, I have come to realise how much she needed the extra space to play and to grow, she no longer plays in the lounge as she once did but plays in her bedroom. Because it is such a lovely space we are often in there together as a family playing Lego or on the odd occasion having a dance party.

A year on and I am now thinking about finally getting the gallery wall up; there are frames to order, artwork to be decided on and a layout to be agreed. Things always seem to take much longer in your own home. Watch this space for the finished photos.