Master bedroom mini makeover

Our bedroom had been crying out for some TLC ever since we moved in, and I have finally managed to give it a little makeover and make it a more serene space. For a simple makeover, this has taken an awfully long time because all new purchases, even the paint, were only made during sales. Tightened belts and all that.

Here is the estate agent’s photo and a ‘before’ photo of the chimney breast:

Before - Estate Agent photo
Textured walls painted in a dull peachy beige colour, alcoves in brown, fireplace ruined with silver paint… not attractive!

A few years ago, I’d won a competition for a sizeable voucher to spend at Living It Up so that was my trigger for purchasing one of their gorgeous beds for an amazing bargain. This bed is my favourite thing in my home, but the dull brown walls did absolutely nothing for it…

Shortly after we moved in… our lovely bed looking a bit sad in these unattractive surroundings

I created a little moodboard to see if some of the items I already had would work in here and also to give me a bit of direction for this makeover.
Bedroom moodboard

The first obvious thing was to change the wall colour, and we opted for a pale warm grey – Dulux Pebble Shore. I think in some settings, this colour can look greige/taupe but in our bedroom it shows up as a soft warm grey. It always amazes me what a difference paint makes to a space. The grey instantly made the room feel lovely and calm. Even the textured walls look less noticeable now.

Bedroom chimney wall - Arty Home.jpg
‘I’m a cloud stealer’ art print by HappyMelvin on Society6 // ‘Lost Vase’ by House Doctor in Blue/Gold // Mini metal plant pot from H&M // Blue geometric plant pot from TKMaxx (no longer sold) // Chair – vintage // Bluebell cushion from Imogen Heath
Bedroom - afternoon light
The afternoon light in here is beautiful when the sun shines. Then the cloud stealer print really comes into its own! ✨

I found a gorgeous Liberty fabric at M is for Make but they only had the last half meter of it left. I bagged it before it sold out, and used it to sew a cover for my bolster cushion.

Love this Liberty Manning fabric! 😍

We’re keeping the IKEA MALM bedside drawers that the previous owners left us with because we find them very useful for storage, and also because I don’t want to buy anything now that may have to be replaced after our house extension is done in a few years’ time.

The curtain pole was replaced by a burnished brass one that I snagged for less than £20 in a bank holiday sale. The dark grey blackout curtains were from a previous home which thankfully fit our window really well. I just had to alter the drop on them.

I had a black Scandi lamp which I was a bit bored of, but spray painting it gold (I used Montana Gold – Gold Chrome) made me love it again and it is now sitting very pretty on the bedside table!

Finally, I added a bedspread and chunky knit throw to finish the bed.

Charcoal bedspread from La Redoute // Platinum basketweave throw from West Elm

Can’t get enough of the gorgeous texture of this throw! 😍

I’ll add more greenery and art over time, and a rug when I find the right one at the right price, but for now I’m so pleased with how the vibe of the room has totally changed with just a few changes. The reduction in baby paraphernalia that was cluttering up our room also helps. 😃

Bedroom makeover - Arty Home



  1. May 14, 2017 / 9:13 am

    What a dreamy bed! I love the new wall colour, the bolster pillow, and I just bought that same print for our stairwell!

    • Meera
      May 15, 2017 / 7:37 am

      Thanks so much Lizzie! The print is gorgeous, isn’t it? You’ll love it!

  2. May 15, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Oh it looks gorgeous! I’m in love with that little fireplace as well (and how beautifully you’ve dressed it) – rather in love with that bolster cushion and the throw too! What a peaceful spot it is now, you must be chuffed to bits xxx

    • Meera
      May 15, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks so much Kimberly! After the baby chaos of the last few years, I’m very happy to have a serene bedroom at last! xxx

  3. lifeacrossthesevenseas
    May 15, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Lovely transformation! Love the headboard of course! And also love thet beautiful throw. Great to see how yoh used most of the stuff you already had to pull this whole look together!

    • Meera
      May 15, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks so much Nupur! The budget for this makeover was almost nonexistent (because the kids get all the good stuff! 😄) so I’m happy to have been able to shop my home and find other things on big sales! xx

  4. katherine
    May 18, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Brilliant job. You have the most amazing eye for colour.

    • Meera
      May 18, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      That’s a lovely compliment, thanks so much Katherine! 😘

  5. May 30, 2017 / 2:48 am

    It’s so lovely! And the bed is gorgeous! It looks like we might have the same favourite colour! 🙂

    • Meera
      May 31, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks very much Anne Marie! I love the bed, it’s my favourite thing in my home. 😊 Blue is the best! 💙

  6. July 26, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    You’ve been busy with makeover projects, Meera! Just read your office one! Again, the blue headboard is bold and has such impact. I usually play safe with beds and headboards but I love this!

    • Meera
      July 26, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you lovely Jane! I’ll admit, I was nervous going for a blue bed, as it’s so much easier to stick with neutrals on expensive furniture and go with colour on walls and/or accessories. But I’m very glad I put my brave pants on when I ordered it. I’ve had the bed for a few years now and every single day it makes me happy. Can’t imagine this feeling will ever fade, I adore it! 😊

    • Meera
      July 28, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Thank you very much Kimberley! xx

  7. July 27, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Great transformation – love that print #Homeetc

    • Meera
      July 28, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks very much Stephanie! It’s a gorgeous print isn’t it? xx

  8. booandmaddie
    July 28, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Well as you know from Instagram, I can’t get enough of that headboard! I’m moving in, ok? X #HomeEtc

    • Meera
      July 29, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      Haha, OK! 😄

  9. Diya
    December 5, 2020 / 10:45 am

    Hi, I have a lounge diner with a lot of light coming in. I m going for pebble shore to paint 3 walls and an accent feature wall where the TV would be put up. I m unsure as to what paint to use for my feature wall. Could you help me please. Thank you.

    • Meera
      December 6, 2020 / 4:37 pm

      Hi Diya, the feature wall needs to be dark – an inky blue or charcoal will look great plus will help to hide the TV!

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