Home Snippets – Guest Bedroom

May 25, 2015

Since moving into my new home last year I have been slowly working my way through every room decorating them to suit our style. I wanted to take my time to choose how I wanted each room to look so didn’t want to rush into anything. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve really had the decorating itch. I think it may be the sun finally shining through the windows showing the rather boring magnolia walls. Seriously the whole house was painted magnolia, which I’m sure some people would love but I hate it.

I have completed a couple of rooms now and thought I would share them with you starting with the spare bedroom (expect a few more home snippet posts). I wanted this room to feel calming and welcoming, I also knew I wanted to include some copper accents (blogger cliche). In the end, I painted the walls grey (Dulux Chic Shadow if you’re interested) keeping the room neutral which I think makes the copper really stand out.

I decided to put up floating shelves instead of buying bedside tables as the room is quite small and we didn’t need the extra storage. The shelves are pretty small but there is enough room for a lamp (and somewhere for guests to put their phones). I love the way these floating shelves look next to the bed and they make a great alternative to bedside tables. How cute are these little copper lamps (they’re from Tesco and only cost £15) they look perfect on the shelves and provide just enough light for reading in bed (or scrolling through your phone).


This light shade was a total bargain at only £14.99 from Dunelm Mill. I’ve seen similar ones going for closer to £100 and no one really looks that closely at the ceiling light. Copper light shades have been getting more popular lately and you can find them pretty much anywhere. So happy with this one as it was such a bargain and looks so much more expensive than it was.


For the window I knew I wanted to keep things light, luckily the blind was already there which made buying curtains easier as I didn’t have to worry about blocking the light. I went for these floaty voile curtains. I think the window dressing is one of my favourite things about the room, it is just so pretty with the floaty fabric. The curtain poles were already in the room and I didn’t want to replace them so I spray painted them copper, which was such an easier job. I just used some old cardboard we had lying around (the joys of moving house, and the never ending supply of cardboard boxes) to cover the floor out in the garage and went crazy with the spray paint. Had to stop me from spraying everything in sight.



The dresser is a MALM chest of drawers from IKEA which we have had for ages (bought for our first flat), however, although it was still in good nic (and the drawers come in handy) it was a beech effect which doesn’t fit in with the room. After searching on Pinterest for ideas to revamp the dresser and discovering the world of IKEA hacks (seriously how did I not know about this?). I decided to paint it grey, I went for a slightly darker shade than the walls to help it stand out. Painting the unit was relatively simple, I just gave it a light sanding then used a wood primer (which we already had) then two coats of the paint (Dulux Urban Obsession for wood). I also added some handles which I brought from B&Q and spray painted copper (I definitely have the spray painting bug now).



The little copper accessories sitting on top of the dresser are from H&M home. The mirror is also H&M home, I ordered this online and its a lot smaller than I expected (note to self always check the sizing before ordering). I did contemplate sending it back and looking for a bigger one but this is one of the only copper mirrors I come across which don’t cost a fortune so I decided to keep it. I have it hanging above the chest of drawers which seems like the most useful place for a mirror. H&M home has a great selection of bits and pieces at such great prices. Although you need to be careful as it’s easy to go crazy and spend a small fortune. But it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for some bits to finish off a room.

I wish I’d taken some before pictures to show you how much difference this has made, I was just too keen to get started. You’ll just have to imagine a plain magnolia room. I love this room now and can’t wait to invite guests around to stay.

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