I have a small second spare guest room that is languishing at the top of the house, and one that tended to get used as a dumping ground for all the things I mean to sort out one day, but never get around to doing. I needed to make it dual purpose as both a room with a piano for my daughter to practice in, (thanks to my godaughter who has lent us one…) and also as a workable spare room.
The room is in the eaves of the house, so it has an angled ceiling and walls, and a dormer window. It has always been a cream and pale blue scheme, with patterned sisal carpet. There is a cunning daybed which opens out either into 2 x singles or into a double, (and this is only used at Christmas and Easter when relatives overflow, as we have another larger guest room for visitors to use throughout the year).
The shelves made it really cluttered to add a piano into the mix, so I had a serious purge and cleared them all out and removed the shelves. I then worked around the existing carpet, bed, artwork and chest of drawers to come up with a new scheme that was fresher and more spacious. I wanted to keep the paintings which are by family members, they already have a blue theme in their colours, plus beautiful maple and gilded frames.
To spend as little as possible on raw materials, and to refresh the room using whatever I had lying around the house. I did a rough moodboard to keep my mind focused.
I found a great wallpaper called ‘Charlotte‘ to use on the back wall where the shelves once stood. It is a light blue paisley on white and cost only £18 a roll from B&Q, plus it is paste the wall paper which is amazing, (first time I have used paste the wall paper and it is SO easy). It took less than an hour to whack it up and I only needed one roll. I then repainted the remaining walls in First Dawn by Dulux, which is pretty much an exact match for the pale blue used in the wallpaper. The woodwork was all repainted in Farrow and Ball’s Wimborne White, which is quite a bright white for them. The room instantly looked fresher, brighter and bigger.
Total cost: £56.41 Continue reading “Guest room overhaul part 1”