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Anna's Attic / Decoration  / Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

Welcome, here I continue to share the renovation of our barn conversion.  I’d intended to start blogging about our renovation sooner but things have been so busy here I’m playing catch up, I hope you enjoy what I share of our renovation journey and find some inspiration along the way.

It’s now 18 months since we moved into our barn conversion mews, which was previously owned by an elderly lady, we had our hands full, pastel carpets, floral window dressings, dark beams, ancient radiators and poor lighting being some of the obstacles we faced.  We saved the renovation of our master bedroom and en suite until last, our bedroom had rag rolled wallpaper with a black grape print border, frilly curtains, dark beams and dark woodwork throughout, it’s fair to say it needed a total transformation.  We decided early on that our bedroom would be the last room in the house to be completed, 18 months living with it gave me time to really consider what I wanted to achieve in terms of the look and feel of the room.  As always I took to Pinterest to collate ideas and followed this up by creating a moodboard for the scheme.


The main inspiration for the scheme was the silk handpainted wallpaper we’d had in the bedroom of our previous home, pictured below.  I also took inspiration from one of the beautiful Soho House bedrooms, which perfectly mixes luxury and rustic with it’s use of bare brick, velvet and painted furniture.  I decided to use the Edo wall mural, which is available in my online shop, the mint green background of the mural and the beautiful Chinoiserie birds and flora perfectly fitted the calm and elegant feel I wanted for the space.

Colour scheme

I chose Vintro Paints Yorkshire Stone for the walls and the woodwork and Fusion Minerals paint in Midnight, Ash and Little Lamb were used on existing pieces of dark antique furniture to give them a new lease of life.

Colours were picked out of the mural and used for soft furnishings, Christy Home’s Jaipur throw and cushions in Jade and their charcoal washed cotton bedding were perfect choices.  With only one small recessed window to dress a simple roman blind was the obvious option, I worked with Hillary’s and chose Garrett Peat from their Abigail Ahern range, which was finished with a complimentary charcoal grey trim.

Lighting & Heating

With only one small window getting the lighting right was really important.  The three existing wall lights were replaced with Iconic Lights Gladstone wall lights, Dowsing and Reynold’s feather pendant light offers a lovely diffused light and a pair of Oliver Bonas bedside lights offer great task lighting without covering too much of the mural.  As with the rest of the house we chose to use Dowsing & Reynold’s smoked glass sockets and switches.

We are really lucky to have a very decent sized bedroom, sadly the existing radiators had been installed when the property was first renovated some 20 years earlier and really didn’t heat the space effectively.  I was looking for radiators that would suit the rustic origins of the building whilst complementing the colour scheme of the room.  I decided on the Milano Windsor Anthracite Traditional Cast Iron Style radiators, I must say I’ve been really impressed with the heat output and they look incredible within the scheme.  I was delighted when I can across the Milano Windsor Traditional Thermostatic Radiator Valves in bronze too.  I felt that a more modern valve would let down the beautiful radiators, the bronze colour and the wooden disc make them a pleasure to look at too (as can be seen on the moodboard below).


As with the en suite bathroom we fitted Karndean Hickory Peppercorn LVT.  I’d chosen to use this in the bathroom for it’s non slip and waterproof properties as well as it’s beautiful warm tones and traditional look.  I love the seamless look of the flooring running from one room to another, the Gembira rug from La Redoute with it’s perfectly faded vintage look adds extra warmth and interest to the floor and works perfectly with the colour scheme.  The flooring was expertly fitted by East Riding Floors

You can read about the en suite renovation here

Adding something unexpected

Once again looking the the Soho House bedroom for inspiration I decided to add a brick mural to one area of the bedroom, I chose Murals Wallpaper’s Rustica as I loved the vintage look for the brick. I added a mantle to this wall too, I’d picked it up at auction for £5, complete with marble hearth.  When fitted to the brick wall it became a lovely focal point to the room.


Master Bedroom Moodboard, Clockwise from top left: Jaipur and Washed Cotton bedding – Christy Home Garrett Peat – Hillary’s Edo Wall Mural – Anna’s Attic Beatrix Velvet Chair – Cult Furniture Yorkshire Stone Paint – Vintro Paints Avalon Stool – OWO Living Rustica Mural – Murals Wallpaper Hickory Peppercorn LVT – Karndean Gembira Rug – La Redoute Milano Windsor Traditional Radiator and Valves – Best Heating Smoked Gold Switches and Sockets – Dowsing & Reynolds

The work

The bedroom makeover was mostly a DIY job, removed the carpet and stripped the walls over a weekend.  Due to the state of the walls we hung Wall Rock, a really thick lining paper before we painted the walls in Yorkshire Stone by Vintro paints, the dark wood of the doors, architrave and skirting boards were all painted with Vintro Paint’s water based primer before a top coat of their eggshell in Yorkshire Stone was applied.  Using the same shade for the woodwork and the walls works really well for a toed together look.  My Dad and I fitted a wooden frame, in which the mural would be fitted behind the bed.  This was relatively easy, the wood we used was bought from Wickes and cost around £20, it was cut to size and painted in Fusion Minerals Midnight to perfectly frame and complement the mural.

The Karndean LVT flooring was expertly fitted by East Riding floors.

The replacement radiators were fitted by our plumber when he fitted the en suite bathroom and all electrical work completed by an electrician.

Thank Yous 

I was very lucky to work with some wonderful brands for this makeover,