This post has been a long time coming. So many of you have asked for pictures, retailers and colours, so here it all is…how I created a boys bedroom that, well quite frankly, would make Transport for London jump for joy.
With an expanding family I decided to transform our guest room into Lex’s bedroom, so that the baby can inherit the neutral nursery that we decorated so beautifully for Lex’s arrival.
If you’ve have one on the way, I’d definitely recommend a neutral palette nursery. It means you can create a room for the older sibling full of all the things they love. After all, you never really know what character, likes and dislikes they’re going to have until they’re that bit older.
For our petit prince, the obsession is London Taxis and London Buses. Why? It probably has something to do with my dad (Lex’s favourite person) being a London taxi driver.
The red and black of London transport can be quite garish, and I didn’t want it to be too “in-your-face”. And to be honest, I really hate the colour red when it comes to interiors. So to compensate the strong bold, and somewhat fierce red, we went for a very neutral palette background.
The walls were painted with Farrow and Ball Parma Gray – but in Johnstone’s paint (it’s a trade secret that is actually the worst kept secret ever!). I’d done my research so knew that it actually wasn’t grey in colour, but more blue.
Be aware, blue tones can make a room feel cold, so make sure you have plenty of spruce to make it feel warmer if you wish. In Lex’s room, the blue walls, teamed with a white wardrobe, chest of drawers and bed, looked like a clean (and obvious) boys room.
Once painted and the furniture was in, then came the fun bit, all the accessories. Now I got lucky and bought a lot of bits in the summer sales, such as the wall stickers, personalised hangings and furnishings. If you keep your eye out, there is always bargains to be had, and we all love a bargain don’t we?
First was the large personalised red London Bus wall sticker. This was from Parkins Interiors. It just so happens that the windows on the bus were exactly the same shade as the blue of the walls, so they look transparent, but really they’re not. Total fluke!
We positioned the big wall sticker on the original fireplace wall alongside Lex’s beloved artist’s easel. This is from The Great Little Trading Co. and again, I originally didn’t intend to go for red but thought it’d tie in nicely, and it really does.
This easel is red with a light shade of blue, which wasn’t obvious when purchasing online (just one of the many dangers!). Luckily it goes perfectly, Lex draws masterpieces everyday and loves it. Plus the paper part of it is perfect for a reward child and stickers, for the creative potty training parents among you (oh what joy!).
There’s some other gorgeous bits we bought from the Great Little Trading Co. too. The bedding, which I bought in a 30% promotion (I got two – you’ve always gotta have one spare, right?). And the canvas storage boxes, which are perfect for dumping all those annoying little figurines that have a habit of stabbing toes and tripping feet, left, right and centre. The boxes come in loads of really cool designs.
Along the wall, we chose some London taxi and bus stickers, with a bit of bunting to add some interest by his bed. These were from Koko Kids, and were quite fun to stick on (just make sure you have a good ole spirit level to guide you!).
When designing the layout for the room, I thought carefully about having different spaces in his room; getting dressed area, sleeping area, book corner, and seating area where he can draw and be creative. This helps children differentiate the association that the bedroom is just for sleeping, it can be used for read and play too.
I love the table and chairs we bought from Wayfair which are super cool, minimalist and quite scandi in their design. And the best bit is the table has a lid which lifts off to store paper and pens aswell as any other paraphernalia that toddlers loves to stash in there.
There’s nothing better than finishing it all off with a personal touch such as the wall hanging reading, “Alexandre”, from the Secret Craft House, and the beefeater pillowcase from Koko Blossom. I always say it’s in the little details – make them feel special and buy everything with them in mind. You can’t go wrong.
Et voila! I hope you like Lex’s bedroom makeover. I’ve shared a before and after photo for good measure. We all love one of those…
Please share some of your nursery/kids bedroom redecorations and if you have any questions, get in touch!
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