Tuesday, 12 June 2018

A Bedroom Makeover- Part 1 {ft. Valspar Paint}


Since we moved to our Lincolnshire home around 20 months ago, I've gradually been updating the decor around the house as an when I can. The biggest project so far was re-doing the hallway, and besides that, we haven't really done any major renovations bar decorating the rooms one by one. So far we have done the guest room, Little L's room and now the master bedroom too. I'd say it was by far the worst decor wise so we prioritised that over the two living areas downstairs (which also need doing... all in due time!). So far I have decorated, but have yet to style the room and do accessories and finishing touches which I'll document on here in a separate post. But here is part 1 of my bedroom makeover...

The bedroom is in an extended part of the house, and so it's a really generous size with a walk in cupboard and double aspect windows. Previously the decor was a mixture of some lime green walls, and some lilac. I was really excited when Valspar got in touch to ask if we would like to re-decorate the room using their Premium Blend V700 paint (£25.20 for 2.5L) for walls and ceilings. I wasn't sure what colour to do, so I headed down to our local B&Q to have a look at what colours Valspar had in their range. They have a unique colour matching system whereby they can scan and match any colour the human eye can see, making over 2.2 million colours available! What amazing choice! 


We decided on having one feature wall behind the bed, and opted for one of the colours from their range called 'Night's Blue Arch'- a lovely deep navy blue. The member of staff simply scanned the colour card and mixed the colour using their state of the art technology. We decided to keep the room light and airy, and so opted for their pure brilliant white in the Premium Blend for the ceiling and the other walls. 

I took a few photos of the room before I started decorating, as I love seeing the before and after photos. I honestly can't believe how different the room looks and feels, just from decorating. We have yet to style it properly, and need to sort out new bits like blinds, but overall I'm so pleased with how its turned out. 

Before...
The walls were previously a combination of lime green and lilac, with a cream ceiling and floral curtains. The whole room felt dark and busy, especially with the unusual shape of the room and the angled ceilings. 

After...


We whitewashed the whole room to get rid of the green and lilac, then did a coat of the Valspar Premium blend in white. I've used many different sorts of paint before and this was so much easier and smoother to roller onto the wall, great consistency with fantastic coverage too. It was a bit of a bold move to paint a feature wall blue, but Mr F dared me to be different and try something that wasn't grey for once (I do love grey!). Night's Blue Arch looks almost teal/dark turquoise in the tub, and paints on very light, but dries much much darker, and actually I really like it now!

The room is an unusual shape because of the walk in cupboard, but I love how it gives the feeling of a separate area on the other side of the room. I have my dresser, mirror and vintage gold Lloyd Loom wicker chair in this corner. 

 We are keeping the furniture (chest of drawers and bedside tables) for now as they're in great condition and not that old, and I quite like the wood against the stark white. I may change the handles eventually, and I also want to replace the mirror too for something more interesting. We have literally decorated so far, so accessories and finishing touches still need sorting, with the big decisions being the ceiling light and what blinds or curtains to go for. Any ideas let me know!
The current flooring is pale laminate which I'm not massively keen on. I prefer carpet in bedrooms and would go for a grey in here, but laminate is extremely practical with cats and children and so easy to keep clean, so the carpet may have to wait a few years.

I've started adding a few accessories here and there. I will probably replace the bedside lamps eventually, maybe opting for something gold as I think that looks great against the navy blue. 
Also, it's amazing what adding a few green plants can do to the overall feel of a room. They're one of my favourite things to add in to make a room feel complete. 

We bought our king size bed from Barker Stonehouse about a year ago. I love the grey/brown tweed feel and the colour looks really good against the dark blue feature wall. I tend to stick religiously to good quality white bedlinen as it looks simple and elegant. I love the velvet Nigella cushions from Laura Ashley, but I may try some different colour cushions and see how that changes the overall feel of the room.

My final job will be to add some frames and photos onto the walls. I'd also love to have a print or painting above the bed, to break up the dark wall and add some interest to the feature wall.

Overall I am so pleased with the room so far. It feels so light and airy and it was a real pleasure to decorate it using the Valspar Premium Blend paint. I can really recommend a visit to your local Valspar counter to have a browse of their paints and to try their mixing service. Just maybe go with an idea in mind first (thanks Pinterest!) because you'll be really amazed at the choice of colours.

I'll be back with part 2 of my bedroom makeover once I have done some of the finishing touches, blinds and accessories.


Thank you to Valspar for collaborating with me on this project and kindly gifting me the paint. For more information about Valspar and the colour mixing service please visit their website.




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  1. I love the feature wall colour you've chosen. Bet you can't wait to get styling and accessorizing. I know what you mean about decorating a house though - it all takes time. Hopping over from #HomeEtc :)

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    1. It's a beautiful colour isn't it? I wasn't sure at first but it seems to work really well with the white walls. I love the styling and accessorising (though not how costly it can get!) thanks for hopping over from #HomeEtc

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