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How to Use a Rug in a Child’s Bedroom

You’re finally ready to move your daughter or son into their own room – but it needs a bit of redecorating, first! Adding a rug is one of the easiest ways to personalize your child’s room, while adding some function and comfort as well.

These days, rugs are available in a wide variety of materials and colours. Remember to choose something that is comfortable on your child’s skin, particularly their knees. Consider a rug that has a particular design on it to add an element of fun and adventure to the room – a rug with a built-in roadmap, or perhaps a forest scene. Or you may opt for something classic and quality, like a beautiful wool rug.

For more information on these and other considerations for rugs in a child’s bedroom, see the infographic below from Land of Rugs:

Sausage’s Bedroom Makeover

It’s got to that point where Sausage wants her own space. She’s starting senior school in September, so instead of being surrounded by her sisters toys and games, she wants a proper grown up space where she can chill, watch her own programmes and do her homework in peace. As we’re in a three bedroom house, Husband will be giving up his office space and moving his desk into the dining room, and we’re planning a bit of a makeover of the room so that it feels more like Sausage’s own.

The first thing we’ll do is replace the floor; there’s carpet in there at the moment, and while it’s good quality, we want something a bit more modern for Sausage, so we’ll opt for Quick-Step Impressive laminate flooring (https://lifestyleflooringuk.co.uk/laminate-flooring/quick-step-laminate/quick-step-impressive) as it’s so versatile, easy to fit and simple to keep clean. You can find it at  Lifestyle Flooring UK.

She’s also requested a change of colour – the walls are a plain magnolia at the moment, but we’re planning to replace that with three walls of light lilac, plus one wall of a darker purple colour. It’s a nice colour scheme for a kid of Sausage’s age, but one which I think will grow with her and won’t feel horribly young when she’s in her teens.

Another thing I’m planning is a multi-functional space which will double up as both a dressing table and a desk so that she can use it for doing her homework and then use it for doing her hair and make up at other times (she doesn’t go out in make-up, by the way, she just loves to practice at home!).

She currently sleeps in a single bunk beds that she shares with her sister, but we’ve decided to give her our king size bed so that she has more space and can have friends sleeping over when she wants, without needing to find extra sleeping space! Our bed is currently a neutral wooden colour, but we’re planning to give this it’s own mini makeover with some nice chalk paint.

In terms of finishing touches, we’ll be adding shelves for books and nick-nacks, plus colour co-ordinated curtains, lamp shade and other little touches to make it feel like Sausage’s own little haven of peace and tranquillity! I’m really excited to do this for her, and I know she’s going to love the end result. I’ll be sure to share pictures with you all when it’s done!

Not confident with a paint brush? 5 simple ways to add colour to your bedroom

From dull décor to boring beds, our bedrooms can look drab pretty quickly. Clothes on the floor,
tired old bedding, dust, scratched and scuffed walls, the list goes on. If you wanted to give your
bedroom décor a bit of a boost, you could try injecting a little colour here and there. But if you’re
not confident with a paintbrush, then the idea of stripping walls and making it look professional can seem a little daunting.

Even if you’ve recently had a decorator do all the hard work for you and you’ve even had new
skirting boards installed – check out the skirtings r us website for more information – if your room is lacking personality then it can leave you feeling a bit deflated.

But don’t worry! Did you know there are ways you can add colour without picking up a paintbrush? Read on for 5 simple ways to achieve a pop of colour.

Big colourful art

If you live in rented accommodation and painting just isn’t permitted, then hanging a piece of big, colourful art will certainly draw attention for all the right reasons. Not only can you select something that’s big and bold but also something that reflects your personality and really puts a stamp on the property without risking your deposit.

Pillows and throws

With the colder weather now upon us, we’re looking for ways to make our bedrooms extra cosy and comfortable and there’s no easier way than treating yourself to a new pillow, cushion and throw – or three! Choosing vibrant, even clashing colours will really give your room a “pop” effect as well as providing the perfect place to hibernate and binge on all those TV box sets.

Colourful curtains and beautiful blinds

Introducing a set of curtains to any room, makes it look “finished”. They’ll add an extra layer of style and comfort to your bedroom too, so they’re definitely worth investing in. They also serve as an easy way of introducing colour, particularly if the current colours of your room are muted. If you wanted something really eye catching then you could hang two different colours! If you prefer blinds, then you’re in luck – any good blind stockist will have something to suit your colourful tastes and budget.

A rug

Who says you should neglect the floor? Dragging yourself out of bed most mornings will be a little better if the first thing your feet land on is a thick, soft rug. You can buy these in a range of colours, styles and textures so you can really get something that compliments your style.

Upscale your hardware and accessories

This might sound a lot harder than it is! By hardware, I mean things like door handles, the knobs on your wardrobe or bedside table – all these things can be replaced with something bright and vibrant. They’re simple to install and don’t even have to be permanent; you can swap them back again if your taste changes.

Bedroom Sharers with a Big Age Gap

As you’ll know if you read this blog regularly, there’s a five and a half year age gap between Sausage and BB, with Sausage turning ten this year. We live in a three bedroomed house, but the girls choose to share and we use the spare bedroom as an office/storage room where our wardrobes and other miscellaneous bits are stored.

Although the girls want to share a room, I’m always conscious of the fact that as they grow older, their tastes and preferences change and the age gap means that they want different things. At the moment, they have bunk beds and the room is fairly neutral with one pink wall and lots of cat wall stickers everywhere, which suits them both fine. However, I would like to update the room for them and need to find a happy medium so that they’re both still comfortable in there.

One thing that we want to do eventually is change the beds from bunks to two singles, as this would give the room two distinct areas, one belonging to each girl. We’ve been looking at kids themed beds from Children’s Bed Shop, and love the selection of beds that they have.

Another way to split the room would be to go for two distinct colour schemes – two separate feature walls in complimentary colours to reflect each of their personalities! They also love posters, so letting each of them choose posters for their own sections of the room would show their personalities and add to the overall impression of two rooms in one.

Both girls love to read, so ideally the area where their “sides” meet would be taken up by bookshelves, housing all of their books, along with some beanbags and scatter cushions to make a lovely communal reading area that they can enjoy, either together or on their own. Sausage is getting to an age where she’s in need of a little time to herself without her little sister in tow occasionally, so a little reading nook could serve this purpose for her.

Another thing that will change as they get older is the need for storage. At the moment, we’ve got several big toy boxes and storage units, mostly for BB’s Toot Toot stuff, which takes up a lot of room, but the older they get, the fewer proper toys they want to play with, so this will give them more room for other things, like a desk each where they can do their homework.

Ultimately, I think a kids bedroom should be their own little sanctuary and as long as the girls are happy to share, I’m happy too. However, we may have to eventually think about letting one of them move into a different room altogether – I’m thinking that might be around the time that BB is 12 and Sausage is 17…if I think the bickering is bad now, I can only IMAGINE what it will be like then!

Do you have age-gap sharers? Does it work for your family or are you desperate for more space? Leave me a comment below.

The Dulux Kids’ Bedroom Project

One thing that Husband and I are really adamant about is that kids should be allowed to have opinions and preferences, and should be given the time and space to express themselves exactly as they’d like to. A few weeks ago, Sausage made a passing comment about how cool it would be if she was allowed to have pink hair and after a little bit of discussion between Husband and I we told her that we had no major objections…and then this happened:

Pink Hair, Don't Care!

It’s a dip-dye which means that it’s easy enough to trim the bottom few inches of her hair off once she’s back to the daily grind, and it’s made her feel really special and grown-up, being allowed to have such wacky hair!

By the same token, we think that kids should have a say in their surroundings too. I’m not talking about letting them choose the wallpaper for the living room, but their own bedroms should be a place where they feel a bit of ownership, which is why I love the new project by Dulux, getting kids involved in the design on of their rooms. The Dulux Kids’ Bedroom Summer Holiday Workbook is a downloadable .pdf which allows kids to gather and record their colour preferences, inspirations and input into the design of their own rooms, so that Mum and Dad can create a space which the kids feel truly connected to.

Dulux Kids Workbook

Dulux have conducted a load of research which shows that kids really value being part of the decorating process:

An overwhelming majority of kids (92%) would spend more time playing in their room and doing their homework if they have a say in how it’s decorated.

Research commissioned by leading paint brand Dulux found a whopping number of children value being part of the decorating process, with the majority saying it was the second most important thing they had ever done – even more important to them than their first day at school or losing their first tooth.

The study of 2,000 families shows that children also found decorating with their parents a really positive experience, with 65 per cent saying they felt happy and 58 per cent excited at the prospect of helping mum and dad.

Additionally, parents commented that decorating together helped to increase their child’s sense of ownership, pride and opportunity for creative expression. Some parents said it even ensured rooms were tidier, because they wanted to show it off to their friends and family.

Surprisingly, however, whilst an indisputable 92 per cent of parents believe that decorating their child’s room is important, the study found that only a QUARTER of parents actually consulted their kids or involved them in the process.

Dulux offers a whole range of paints which are perfect for decorating a kids’ room – Dulux’s Endurance+ range is the perfect paint for a kid’s bedroom makeover – it’s 20 times stronger than normal emulsion, so when you’re tackling sticky fingers and mucky paws it’s a great solution, allowing you to wipe away the stain and not the paint underneath, meaning your walls stay as fresh as the day you painted them!

We’ll definitely be using the Dulux workbook when we get around to decorating the girls’ room and I can’t wait to see what crazy ideas they come up with. They’re sharing a room at the moment but have very distinct little personalities, so there’s a good chance we’ll end up with a room completely split down the middle, with one colour on one side and a completely different colour on the other! We’ll be sure to share the results with you when it happens.

For more info on Dulux and their ranges, you can tweet them on Twitter using their handle, @DuluxUK plus the hashtag #KidsBedroom

Creating Our Own Spaces

In the past, our sleeping arrangements as a family have been somewhat…bohemian. In our last house, Sausage was nervous about sleeping in a new room and BB was still tiny and so shared our room anyway and we all ended up sleeping in the same room for six months. When we moved here, the circumstances under which we’d been forced to move meant that we were reluctant to make the house our own, in case we were asked to leave again, so once again we slept like a pack of wolves, all sharing a room.

A few months ago though, we decided that enough was enough and we needed a space of our own, as did the girls, so they moved into their own room and we took back our own space to make it a proper grown up bedroom. This has meant lots of lovely window-shopping for new bedroom furniture, including plenty of excuses to look at Julian Bowen collection from bedsos!

At the moment, Husband and my bedroom is looking a little bare; we’ve had some problems with damp and have been waiting until it was resolved to decorate, but this decidedly UN-summery weather really isn’t helping! The girls however have been able to put their own stamp on their room with some beautiful while bunk beds and some very handy cat wall stickers, which are totally removable but make the room look fabulous!

BB is absolutely in LOVE with her first ever big girls bedroom! She wants to spend ALL of her time in there, especially when she can rope her older sister in to play with her, and Sausage likes having a place to work at her desk and watch her Pokemon episodes!

Husband and I also enjoy having a space to ourselves. Often, we’ll spend the evening in there  once the girls are asleep (GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!) watching TV, reading or using our various laptops/smartphones and other devices. It’s just nice to have somewhere to sit that isn’t the living room sometimes.

Another thing I really enjoy is shopping for bedding; I’m definitely in the camp of ‘love slipping into a freshly made bed’ and that feeling only intensifies when that bedding is brand new! Husband and I own a fair amount of bedding but some of it has seen better days (yes, I’m a horror for boil washing everything and making it fade!) so choosing new bedding which co-ordinates with our newly decorated room is something I’m really looking forward to. Yes, small pleasures, but pleasures none the less!

What’s your bedroom like? Is it a wolf cave or a grown-up only space? Do you love your room or do you feel it’s in need of a real overhaul? Leave me a comment below.

 

A Bedroom for Grown Ups (and a Newborn…)

Living in a tiny house means that fitting a whole new person in hasn’t been all that easy. We’ve had to do an rather elaborate game of ‘furniture Jenga’ just to accommodate everything we need, as well as everything we already had, and it’s been a bit of a losing battle (poor Husband’s office looks like a cross between a second hand furniture shop and a nursery showroom!). So when the lovely people at Argos offered us the chance to grab some new bedroom furniture, we thought we’d take the opportunity to be a bit clever. 

We chose this bed frame:

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As well as being a great looking bed, the frame has storage underneath, which gives us an additional storage option – we don’t have an airing cupboard in our house and have always struggled for space to store our towels and bedding. The drawers pull out super smoothly and there’s plenty of space for all of our linen, which has made a huge difference to the room. We’d previously kept it all in a chest of drawers which we’ve now been able to move out of the room, giving us more space, overall, too. Win/Win!

We also chose a pair of bedside tables to go with the new bed:

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I love the fact that the bedside tables have a drawer in them, which means that I can hide away clutter (like the 3 million hair bands and slides that end up littering my side of the bedroom when I take them out before bed!) and the slot at the top has been the perfect place to store my book or Kindle so I have them to hand if I want to read in bed.

Obviously, we’ve got a cot in our bedroom now that the baby is here, but the new bedroom furniture has made the room feel really grown up. I’m looking forward to shopping for some new bedding and a new light shade to pull the whole room together, and I might even invest in a nice piece of art to put on the wall, too. Husband has struggled with sleep for most of his life, so turning the room into a proper, peaceful sanctuary for rest will hopefully mean that we’ll both be able to sleep a little better (although, with a newborn that might be wishful thinking!)

The bed we chose is made by Hygiena, a well-known brand which offers real quality, giving us peace of mind that it’ll last a while. I’m not the daintiest of creatures and I tend to turn over rather violently once I’m asleep (scaring the you-know-what out of my poor Husband on more than one occasion!) and knowing that the bed is sturdy enough to cope with my nocturnal thrashings is a relief!

Thanks so much to Argos for helping us to improve both our sleeping space and our storage issues. Once I’ve dressed the room a little better with a nice bedspread and light shade, I’ll post a picture for you all to admire!

The Perfect Bedroom

One of the perils of living in a rented house is never feeling like you’re able to make a real home of the house you live in. Sure, you can fill it with your furniture and personal belongings, but when the walls are white and you can’t hang pictures its really tricky to get a truly homely feel. One place where this is most obvious is in the bedroom. I’d love to have the walls painted a relaxing, sumptuous colour and give the place my own touch, but we have to make do with using bedding to add colour to the room instead.

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Our bedroom isn’t exactly huge and with the baby coming along, it would be nice to have a place to sit where I can give her night-time feeds in comfort. A huge rocking chair is out of the question as there simply wouldn’t be enough space, but I’ve been considering other options. In an ideal world, I’d go for a nice window seat or hanging chair, but both are out of the question, so I’ve been thinking about a nice plump beanbag – it would be soft and supportive enough for the baby and I to sit comfortably during feeds, whilst being easy enough to slot into a smaller space, and completely moveable to a different room if we needed to.

beanbag

Lighting is also an important factor in any room, especially a bedroom. It’s nice to have an overhead light for times like when you’re getting ready to go out and want to be able to see yourself in the mirror, but it’s nice to have the option of lower lighting in the form of lamps. One pretty way of adding light to a room which isn’t blinding is by threading fairy lights around the bedframe or picture rail. It means that you can have soft light when you want it which creates a nice, relaxing atmosphere whilst spreading the light over a wider area, unlike some lamps which make the room either too dingy or like its full of spotlights!

If you’ve got any other ideas for how we can create a relaxing boudoir without making major cosmetic changes or breaking the bank, we’d love to hear your suggestions.

Brightening Up a Kids Room

We’ve recently been on a mission to give Sausage a Big Girl’s Room; we’ve been upgrading her furniture by replacing hers with some beautiful girls bedroom furniture online, starting by swapping her canvas wardrobe with a smart, 3-door white one with lots of shelves and hanging spaces, as well as getting her a proper wooden desk and pink swivel chair to replace her old plastic toddler desk and adding various storage solutions to the room.

All of this is great and there are touches of colour here and there, but her room is white (we aren’t allowed to paint) and much of her furniture is white too, meaning that the room looks a little bit sterile for such a vibrant little lady. I’ve been thinking about ways that we can brighten the room up without breaking the bank and without making any permanent changes of which our landlord might not approve and I’ve settled on the idea of some brightly coloured soft furnishings.

I found a site which sells some gorgeous items, such as cushions, rugs and doorstops, so I thought I’d show you my favourite from the bunch:

Ollie and Leila soft furnishings
Ollie and Leila soft furnishings by jayne-crammond on Polyvore

Smartie Mix Cwtchy cushion
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Petals single quilt
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Ellie single duvet set
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Strawberry Doorstop
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Apple Doorstop
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I love how all of the items I’ve chosen are both cute and cool, whilst being fairly timeless – I could just as easily imagine all of the items in a 5 year olds bedroom as I could in a 15 year olds bedroom, so everything would last well as she grows up. The other nice thing about using soft furnishings is that if we move in the future, everything can be taken with us and Sausage can feel comfortable in her new bedroom with all of her familiar things around her.