Renovation Ruminations: The Master Bedroom

I’m going to be sharing in the coming weeks a few rooms that I have plans for so far in the new house, talking about what I want to do with them and why or how in some cases. Today I’m kicking off with the master bedroom, our room and one of the rooms pretty high on the priority list.

First of all, here’s a list of what needs doing in this room. Like most of the rooms, you may look at it and think, ‘Well, paint, carpet, decor, not too big a job?’ Here’s the list…

  • Knock through from the bedroom into the office creating a walk in wardrobe and install double doors.
  • Replace the windows with hardwood window frames and encapsulate stained glass
  • Remove the chipboard/anaglypta wallpaper (above the picture rail only – small mercies!)
  • Move the existing radiators
  • Paint the bedroom walls
  • Paper the dressing room
  • Kit out the interior of the dressing room
  • Recarpet
  • Replace the bed with a super king bed and mattress
  • New Curtains
  • New Ceiling light fitting

And before I get too bogged down with the to-do’s, here’s what we’re aiming at…

Le Royal Manceau Hotel, Paris

Of course it’s not as simple as that. We currently have the bed in the third position it has been in(!) and it’s still not perfect.

Because I want to knock double doors through into the wardrobe, (partly for a sense of space and partly for impact,) that wall is largely lost. I initially thought we would put the bed facing towards the window, but to fit in 2 bedsides as well as plenty of room to manouvre around the door was a bit tight and also imbalanced – the window end of the room was empty.

This floor plan isn’t to scale but it’s not far off. Believe it or not the bed is the same size in both – doesn’t it look smaller in option 1? So the look is a lot better in option 2 but isn’t problem free. with the bed against the chimney breast the bedsides need to be deep to function as such – luckily our current el cheapo ikea ones are very deep, but unfortunately they’re not staying and therein lies one problem.

White closet

Inside the wardrobe I think we’re looking at open storage. It wont be messy because we will be able to shut the doors, and I love having visual access to everything I have – otherwise I forget things!. It’s also a practical decision, as the room itself that will become the wardrobe is 1.5m wide. If we were to put standard wardrobe units in (IKEA’s PAX units are 66cm deep,) they would take up a considerably large amount of space. I am however worried that open storage leaves the opportunity for dust to collect and the last thing I need is another area for dust to gather!

Algot storage system, IKEA

The white shelving above has to be the ideal, but in reality, I think we’ll end up with a more practical and cost efficient solution from ikea. I also want to wallpaper in here with something quite out there, either a bold geometric or a really beautiful print. I love the idea of seeing the design through the shelving and behind the rails or drawers

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I love a mirrored finish and to add some glamour to the room and polish, I’d love to find mirrored doors but so far I’m drawing a bit of a blank. They might have to be a DIY effort!

Architectural Digest

Lastly, this room is going to be a sanctuary, so I’d love a seating area in it where I can sit and read perhaps, or just lounge around with rollers in and a glass of champagne in my future glamorous life (Ha!)

I suppose some of you might be thinking that the dressing room area might have made a nice en suite. I’m actually not that bothered about en suites (humidity in the vicinity of my hairstyling area? No!) so it was an easy choice for us, plus the bedroom is right next to the bathroom anyway. We also would have struggled to get the waste pipe out as the room is at the front of the house and nobody wants a poo pipe decorating the front of their house!

Decor wise, I’m thinking a very muted pinky grey with more similar toning shades of pale grey, silver, white and I know some pattern with creep in there somewhere – Maybe in the curtains, an ottoman or chair?

I can’t wait to start this room, but as you can see, it’s no small task, nor is it a cheap job and part of me doesn’t want to move out again already into another room – I should just be grateful we have an alternative I know!

So what do you think readers? Any words of wisdom or thoughts?


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