It’s taken us a year but we’ve finally started to re-decorate the bedrooms, starting with our sons bedroom makeover. For a toddlers room it’s a lovely size, there’s plenty of room for storage and enough floor space to get many, many toys out. They both tend to use his room as a playroom, which is handy for me as we can keep all their toys upstairs out of sight. Most of the time.
My theme for his bedroom decor was simply ‘colourful’.
I love the idea of having a ‘zoo’ theme or one that’s focused around diggers, but I wanted something that would be able to grow with him and his many different obsessions. Having a theme so bright and colourful means anything can be popped into his room. He can have a bed spread covered in cars, a blanket with animals on, a little display for Peppa Pig and Humpty Dumpty hiding in his shelf. As long as it’s colourful it blends in to create a bright and fun bedroom for little ones.
Now it’s almost finished I’m so pleased we’ve chosen the accessories we have and I’m looking forward to sharing the finished result. It’ll be so lovely once we have one room in our sweet little home completely finished. It’ll also be lovely to start our next project.
I hope you enjoy taking a peek at our progress. I’ll share all the details of the pieces we have, including where they’re from and their cost. I’ll also share what our finishing touches will be and be asking for your thoughts on a boring white wall that we’re not sure what to do with.
His blind is from Blinds Direct Online, they’re made to measure so prices vary but his is a large window and the blind cost around £20. The quality is brilliant and my favourite part is the modern twist to the bottom of the blind. The weight that keeps the blind in place is a long sleek bar, I’d never given this part of the bling much thought when is comes to style, but it’s a perfect finishing touch. The pull cord is also high enough to be out of reach of little hands, which as a mum that worries about those kinds of things, t’s very much appreciated. We chose white because white always brightens up a window and I really like the contrast to his curtains.
His curtains are from Dunelm, they’re blackout curtains, which we’re very grateful for during these early sunrises and late sunsets. They cost £39.99, which after week of searching for the perfect set of curtains, I’ve realised are a brilliant price. They’re very bright, so Mr F wasn’t too sure of them at first, to be honest neither was I. But once we’d hung them up and committed ourselves, we actually fell in love with them quite quickly, as did our son!
Sometimes we play it quite safe with colours, I’m very much a white, grey and cream kind of girl, a simple colour scheme really appeals to me. But for our childrens room we know that bright and colourful suits them far better. So we’re all really pleased that we dared to be bold with his bedroom and it’ll look fabulous once it’s completed.
On the Walls
We’re going to be keeping his walls white, but we’re considering a feature wall of bright paint or wallpaper. So the room doesn’t feel bare. We’re going to cover the walls in artwork, photos and bright pictures. All the pictures will be an A5 size and will be hung in little white frames. We may go a little random in their placing. Or, there may be some sort of planning when it comes to hanging them. We’re not sure yet. I would love to have a larger photo of him and his sister hung proudly on one of his walls, then the same in our little girls room too.
At the moment he has his own artwork displayed in a gorgeous white wooden frame from Articulate Gallery. I never though about displaying my kiddies paintings anywhere other than the fridge or a pin board, but this is a genius idea. It’s something that all parents would love to display their childrens creations in. Their artwork slots in very easily and thankfully the frame was very easy to pop onto the wall. The A4 sized frames come in single, double and triple sizes. Our double cost £21.99 and we’re getting one or two more to have ready for our little girls room. They have different style frames with various sizes to hold all kinds of artwork, including 3d pictures. Our son is very proud of his pictures and we love having something stylish to display them in.
He has a frame to display his milestones, which was a gift from a friend of ours. We’re a little naughty because we still have two pictures to print and put in there and he’s nearly three now. So clearly we’re in no rush to fill it out!
We’ve hung a neon green clock on his wall which is from Lund London for £45. It sits flat to his wall which we like and it’s brilliant quality. It’s made from glass and is frosted and it pops perfectly on his wall. We weren’t sure whether to choose an orange or a blue neon clock (they have pink too) but were happy with the brightness of the green clock. It matches perfectly with his bright colour scheme. It’s looking a little lost on his white wall but we’ll be surrounding it with shelves and pictures soon. One thing I’m excited to do with this clock is put large stick on numbers around it to help my son learn how to tell the time. It’s such a fun feature to have in his room.
He likes to keep teddies on his bed, there’s usually a variety huddled around his feet. Today he just has a couple sitting at the end of his bed. The large one is from when I was little and the Simba teddy was from the Disney Store for £10.
His bed is from Ikea and his bedding is from Dunelm for £8.99. His throw was also from Dunelm and cost £3. It was on offer so I was very lucky to spot it. The bedding and throw contrast quite a bit because they both have different themes, but that’s what I love about having a colourful bedroom. We can mix and match. The throw is so soft, I can’t help but stroke it and we’re simply using it for aesthetic purposes now until the weather cools down.
Under his bed is a box with more toys, because we just can’t escape them.
Accessories bedroom makeover
This is my favourite part about decorating any room, because it’s the finishing touches that really create a unique room. There’s plenty more that I’m going to get for him but I’ll share what we have so far.
The cushions are both from Dunelm, the larger orange cushion case cost £7.99 and the smaller teal cushion cost £3.49. They match, but don’t match. It’s these little touches that make the room blend and come together.
A lot of his accessories at the minute are toys.
Another bonus about having a colourful bedroom. Bright toys aren’t an eye sore, we can cheat and use them as ‘features’ instead.
So, the abacus is from Ikea and cost £10, the little lamp is also from Ikea and was such a bargain at £2.50. It’s not the best quality, but for now it suits his room. So we won’t be upgrading it for a while. The money box was a gift and a very sweet gift it is too. Our son always tries to pinch pounds of us because ‘Teddy is hungry’, he’s not silly and loves his coins!
The fabric toy basket was from T.K. Maxx for £10, it’s large enough to throw all their toys in at the end of the day. The inside of the basket is a car print, which we can never really see as there’s always so many toys in there.
The Kallax storage shelf and the four grey cubes were all from Ikea, the shelf was only £39 and it’s something I think many families have. They’re just so useful for discrete and stylish storage, we wouldn’t be without them now.
We want to fill his walls a little more and will displaying his books on the Ribba shelves. I’ve seen a lovely bright doorstop. This would look lovely in his room alongside a few other accessories to sit on his dresser. Some of the pictures we’ll be putting up on the walls will be little quotes in frames, he wouldn’t be able to read them yet but it’ll be nice to feature a few quotes from his favourite stories or films.
I said earlier that I’d like to buy black stick on numbers to go around the outside of the clock as it’ll help him to tell the time and it’ll also be a lovely feature on that wall. We may be wallpapering that wall too, but we’re not sure, what do you think?
We need to get curtain ties. I’d also love to get him a radiator cover, radiators are a little unsightly aren’t they. I also want to paint his chair as it looks a little out of place in a room with such modern furniture. We have bunting which will be the final thing we put up in his room. It cost £2.99 in Aldi. I think bunting is such a lovely addition to any kids room.
We also have the big white wall where his bed is, waiting for a little creativity. If you have any ideas for that wall then please let me know in the comments. We’re just not too sure about it.
Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think so far and I hope you enjoy seeing the final result soon!
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