I want my family and friends to feel fully welcome in my house. To that end, the guest bedroom needs to be an inviting and peaceful space. During lockdown, our loft spare bedroom had become a dumping ground because we couldn’t of course host anyone for a long time. It had become a bit tatty too.
I recently finished redecorating my husband’s home office next door, which is almost identical in shape and size. I decided to keep going and transform the loft bedroom next into a beautiful space for overnight guests.
Loft Befroom Makeover: Before
The original colours were really nice but the room was in a need of redecorating. I decided to get rid of the light blue and replace it with a pretty, grown up pink with beige undertones. The space also had a carpet which we had already removed and replaced with engineered wood flooring before I took the ‘before’ images. This is how our loft bedroom looked before the makeover.
Loft Befroom Makeover: After
My usual style consists of bright colours and bold contrasts but I felt that this cosy, snug space needed something much softer. It’s also quite a dark room so I wanted to keep it light and add botanical patterns, natural materials and as usual, some house plants and flowers to bring the room alive.
Loft Bedroom Makeover: How to get the Look
[Please note that some products featured in this post are PR gifts and sent to me free of charge. These products have been marked with a *]
1. Dusky pink walls with Tikkurila paints*
For a dreamy look, I used a stunning, modern pink-beige colour and paired it with a fresh shade of white. The entire loft bedroom has been decorated with Tikkurila, a leading Nordic manufacturer of premium, eco-friendly paints.
Pink walls, Maiden X420. Product: Joker (eco-friendly, durable paint, matt finish with 7% sheen)
White walls & ceiling, Paper F497. Product: Joker (eco-friendly, durable paint, matt finish with 7% sheen)
Woodwork, Paper F497. Product: Helmi 30 (semi-matt)
MDF shelves – primer Paper F497. Product: Helmi Pohjamaali Base Cover
MDF shelves – top coat Maiden X420. Product: Helmi 30 (semi-matt)
2. Botanical wallpaper by Deus ex Gardenia*
For me no room is complete without biophilic features. And therefore, most of my room designs are inspired by nature featuring for instance botanical wallpaper, floral patterns and always house plants.
Deus ex Gardenia is a UK-based company that brings the majesty of the natural world, travel and art into your home through luxurious hand-designed prints. The Resplendent Woods by Deus ex Gardenia is one of the most beautiful botanical wallpapers I’ve seen in a long time. It looks perfect in the recess and brings the nature in the room.
3. Timeless, quality furniture
I always attempt to upcycle or recycle the furniture I already have to save money and to reduce the environmental impact. When I do need new pieces, I make sure they are timeless and good quality items to last a long time. The loft bedroom makeover required a new sideboard and a bedside table. The gorgeous Florence sunburst sideboard* is from Housecosy and the Natural Rattan Side Table* is from one of my favourity Scandi boutiques Cielshop. We already had the turquoise sofa and the IKEA Hemnes bed.
4. Flowers and house plants to improve mental health and wellbeing
Research shows that nature has powerful benefits to our mental health. Plants and flowers can reduce stress levels and help create a calm and peaceful space in your home. Therefore it’s essential to bring the outside in. Every room of my house is decorated with house plants and flowers. I’m particularly fond of dried flowers because they are eco-friendly, economical and easy-to-care.
Shida Preserved Flowers create amazing contemporary dried flower bouquets. I was beyond excited when I discovered that they also create bespoke designs and were able to make me a magnificent bouquet* using my wallpaper and the paint colours as a reference.
5. Interior accessories to complete the look
The most fun part of any room makeover is choosing the right interior accessories and styling the space with them. I used the colours of the wallpaper as a guide so the room has quite a few different green accents. Here’s a list of some of the accessories I used in the loft bedroom:
Artichoke Ceramic Candle Holder*, The Danes (LOVE IT!)
Green Glass Vase*, Cielshop
Cotton Berber Style Rug, Cielshop
Green Throw, Abigail Ahern
Rattan Plant Stand, Homesense