A master bedroom is like the middle child, it’s a great room but it’s easily shadowed by its siblings: the living room and kitchen. When mooch and I were planning our house reno it was this room that was so easy to plan.
The old bedroom was the same shade of pinky-white on the ceiling, skirts, walls, sill and architraves. At some point, someone removed the original decorative architraves and skirting boards and replaced with smaller rimu versions that had then been treated to multiple coats of paint over the houses 110 years. We were replacing everything throughout the house to restore some character and elegance and this middle child wasn’t an exception.
We always start our renovations with a vision/theme. I’m a plant man, no horticulturist but the type of person who can hold a conversation about plant variations and their attributes so I may have had a jungle in mind for our room. It all started when I saw Emma Sage on Instagram use a DIY shelving system with wooden slats instead of their wire options. It sparked the themes tone for the room, natural tones with a big focus on green through plants and a feature wall.
THE PAINT COLOUR
We continued the black-white from resene in this room, accented with a flat alabaster ceiling, semi-gloss skirting boards and architraves and the boldest move to paint the wall behind our bed head “Celtic green “ by resene. Georgia fell in love with the colour when the velvety blues and greens were on trend as it wasn’t too rich or muddy for the rooms natural colour palette.
I mentioned above that we upgraded the detailing in this room, this was quite the process for first time DIYers. We opted for MDF versions of the period features from Bunnings. Our favourite feature is the James Hardie, Hardie groove wall behind the bed. It makes the room look so much taller (when it’s 3m high already) and you can’t miss it when walking past the bedroom.
The shelving system is from mitre 10, it only came in white and we wanted to match it to the black fittings throughout the house so we sprayed it black using white knight enamel paint. We wanted wooden slats to tone down the room so decided to invest hours into stripping back the rimu architraves and skirting boards, were so pleased with how they finished up and it’s nice to have elements of the house’s history included.
The Curtains are all custom made for this room by Russells Curtains and Blinds. We had one of their local consultants come around and provide advice on what we should choose. We could style with Nicky any day, her advice was invaluable to our bedroom reno. With Russells, we made the decision to go floor to ceiling with a natural toned linen, backed with their thermal lining. If this blog had a feature where you could touch what’s in the photos Russells will have to employ more consultants because they are absolutely stunning! You’ll notice the black rail with the reverse box pleat heading style, again another recommendation from Russells to tie in with the houses aesthetic.
The carpet is Fog grey from Flooring Xtras Miro range, a solution died nylon so Frankie doesn’t damage it. The choice to go this colour was heavily lead by Sam at Watkins flooring xtra who helped us in store and even came to our home to help us decide and bring us back down to earth with what was practical when you have a boxer puppy that uses your hallway as a quarter mile time trial.
We’ve styled this room to compliment the fixtures and colour scheme. The pendant and bed head are both from katamama, our favourite store for our house as everything as a natural tone and they are locals to Christchurch so you can go into their store and physically see everything.
Our cushions are from H&M home and Foxtrot Home. We are VERY picky with cushions and we’ve found they both have the best range of linens and naturally toned cushions.
Our duvet is from ezibuy home, we’ve been longtime fans of their homewares especially their duvets and outdoor furniture.
This has been such a cool transformation and is now the best retreat after a long days work!