The small space between the two wardrobes is ideal for this luxurious cocktail chair from Dunelm and table from Made – the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cuppaFed up of living with an all-white bedroom, Darcy and Max Granger couldn’t wait to transform their bland space with the perfect relaxing scheme
Feature Lara Berry Photos Lizzie Orme
When Darcy Granger and husband Max moved into their four-bedroom detached home in Colchester, the property had been recently renovated with a rear extension which had been finished off beautifully by the previous owners. ‘The whole property had been so nicely done with each room painted plain white – the perfect blank canvas to put our own stamp on,’ explains Darcy. ‘However, it’s taken us three years to get round to doing anything as everything was just so easy to live with!’ The couple finally decided it was time to create their dream bedroom and, after several months of collecting ideas, Darcy was ready to make a start on the neutral room’s transformation.
STEP ONE Darcy’s starting point was a mural to go along the wall behind the bed. ‘I’d seen a picture of a gorgeous bedroom with a dark-blue watercolour-effect mural, so I decided to track it down,’ she explains. ‘While browsing the striking designs online at Murals Wallpaper, I spotted the Deep Blue Waves watercolour design and knew that this would be the perfect backdrop. I wanted to introduce colour, but still keep it light and bright – not too overpowering.’ The couple kept the remaining walls white to let the wallpaper take centre stage.
The carpet was new when the couple moved in and, despite a few worn areas, was still in good condition. In order to make it last longer Darcy chose to invest in a rug to cut down on the wear and help revamp the room from the floor upwards. ‘I couldn’t decide whether to go neutral with a grey rug or to carry on my indigo theme – that was until I spotted the Rubens jeans rug from The Rug Seller! I instantly fell in love with it and knew the distressed look would complement the mural without being too intense,’ Darcy smiles.
STEP TWO Next on the list was bedroom furniture. The couple had two Ikea wardrobes which were still in good condition and fitted in with the room’s plans, so Darcy decided to invest in a new bed, bedside tables and a chest of drawers. ‘Our old bed frame was a simple wooden design that I’d spray painted black, but I longed for a bed that looked more inviting. When I saw the Tretton bed online at MY Furniture, I knew its Scandi design and gently curving headboard would be the perfect solution.’ Two white and wooden bedside tables and a matching chest of drawers with stylish tapered legs from Made were ideal additions too.
As the house is on a main road, the choice of window dressing was another important element. ‘I went straight to Blinds 2 Go for a blackout Roman style – we’d previously had a roller blind at the window and it just didn’t give the right look,’ says Darcy. ‘Blinds 2 Go had a great selection of fabrics and I ordered some samples so that I could get the best match to the wall mural.’ It didn’t take long for the blind to arrive and it instantly transformed the window, but Darcy felt it was still missing something. ‘I really wanted the space to feel luxurious. Then I spotted some fabric from Clarke & Clarke on Instagram which had a dip-dyed effect in an inky blue – it was perfect as I had been thinking of attempting to dip dye fabric. This was exactly what I wanted without the hassle of doing it myself!’ Darcy had beautiful full-length curtains made in the fabric and a new pole from Dunelm completed the luxurious window treatment she was after.
‘I think lighting is really important in the bedroom,’ explains Darcy. ‘I wanted to keep it soft but practical too. So I opted for the Eos feather pendant in grey to bring that softness as well as a different texture to the scheme.’ For the bedside lights, Darcy was after something a little different. ‘I loved the idea of having lights suspended above the bedside tables, but I didn’t want the hassle of having something new wired into the ceiling. Then I saw these rose copper cage lights online at Eddie & Sons – it’s a great company as you can choose the colour of the cord. I also opted for a plug and a dimmer switch – ideal for those early-morning starts when you want a gentle wake up! I was able to plug the lights into the wall behind our bed and then I found some wooden shelf brackets to suspend the lights from – it’s exactly the look I wanted!’
With new linen bedding and a fabulous velvet chair the room was finally coming together. ‘It all felt a little too blue, despite my rose copper accents,’ explains Darcy. ‘So we decided to introduce touches of dusky pink to lift the scheme.’ A chunky knit throw, linen cushions, and a pink and indigo artwork from Desenio positioned above the chest of drawers completed the room. ‘I am over the moon with the finished scheme – it’s cosy and relaxing, but stylish too. It’s definitely my favourite room in the house!’
Add texture to your scheme by upcycling a plain bench with faux fur. Simply staple to the underneath of the bench for a quick and easy update.
Wall mural £306.72
Window treatment £501.30
Rug & mirror £360
Deep Blue Waves watercolour wall mural, from £36 per sq m, Murals Wallpaper (https://www.muralswallpaper.co.uk/). Tretton kingsize bed frame in pale grey, £509.99, MY Furniture (https://www.my-furniture.com/). Paleo Linen Vintage Indigo Roman blind with blackout lining, made-to-measure W173.5cm x D146cm, £156.30, www.blinds-2go.co.uk (https://www.blinds-2go.co.uk/). Curtains in Amore fabric in Ink, £66 per m (double width fabric), the Traviata collection at Clarke & Clarke (https://clarke-clarke.com/). Rubens jeans rug, from £170, The Rug Seller (https://www.therugseller.co.uk/). Willow bedside tables, £129 each; Willow chest of drawers, £499; Alana copper side table, £99, all Made (https://www.made.com/). Geometric cage lights with G95 spiral loop incandescent light bulb, £49.99 each, Eddie & Sons (https://www.eddieandsons.co.uk/). Skogsta bench, £40; Hovet mirror, £90; Fladis basket, £10; Ekby Valter bracket, £2 each; real plants, all Ikea (https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/). Vita Copenhagen Eos feather pendant light shade, £99, Hurn & Hurn (https://www.hurnandhurn.com/). Curtain pole, £15; succulent wreath, £28 (in the sale); Paignton pink throw, £50; 5A pink jewellery box, £25; pink speckle gold mug, £5; Midnight blue Isla chair, £135, all Dunelm (http://www.dunelm.com/). Pink cushions, £8 each; faux orchid, £8; storage boxes, £12 each; pink plate, £3; orchid in copper bowl, £14; cycas in textured pot, £14; cacti in ceramic pot, £18, all Matalan (https://www.matalan.co.uk/). Hygena navy stripe cushion, £12.99, Argos (http://www.argos.co.uk/). Adlag macrame wall hanging, £43, La Redoute (https://www.laredoute.co.uk/). Morocco throw, £49; French Blue linen duvet cover, £130 for a kingsize; French Blue linen square housewife pillowcase, £18 each, all Secret Linen Store (https://www.secretlinenstore.com/). Pink tea light holders, £1.99 each; tray, from a selection at H&M (http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/index.html#modal-1). Metal trunk, £50, Habitat (https://www.habitat.co.uk/). Jewellery stand, £39; blue jewellery box, £79, both Oliver Bonas (https://www.oliverbonas.com/). Pikaplant jar plant, £59, Pad Lifestyle (https://www.padlifestyle.com/). Indigo blue print, £2.95; Lune print, £6.95; pink grey gradient cubes print, £11.95; Go your own way print, £5.95; Love print, £2.95; moebe frames, from £29.95; black frames, from £3.95; poster clip, 95p, all Desenio (https://desenio.co.uk/). Blue alarm clock, £25, Newgate (https://newgateclocks.com/).