A grown-up bedroom for our boy

Home Heart Harmony Boy Bedroom RevealWe have finally finished!! Our grown-up boy has moved into his grown-up bedroom. (He thinks he’s grown up, he’s actually 9!) He is over-the-moon with the finished design and spent most of Tuesday afternoon rolling around on his new carpet and whooping with excitement! (My heart!)

I am also thrilled with how everything turned out. I love the panelling, the curtains, the carpet, the paint colour and all the other little details. I can’t believe how well it has all come together. Please forgive the picture-heavy post! I think I have probably taken one from every possible angle!!

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 [Bed Linen, Similar Chair, Similar Desk, Linen Basket, Similar Bin]

The panelling was SO easy, I have been left wondering why on earth we have waited this long to give it a try! I adore the way it looks and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again (in fact, we might be doing just that as our daughter is very keen to have a similar look in her room!) I will share a full ‘how-to’ post soon but in summary, we used MDF cut to size, glued it to the walls with ‘no more nails’, and painted everything (the MDF and the wall between) with white satin-finish paint. The cost of the wood and paint totalled around £45 so it was really inexpensive but, in my humble opinion, gave a really high-end look. We left the wall behind the door free of panelling so that we could hang the guitar, and eventually a mirror and some art (which has been ordered several times and not delivered for various reasons!).

Home Heart Harmony Boy Bedroom Reveal 3The curtains were hand made by myself and my Mum. We couldn’t find the look I was after anywhere in the UK and the shipping costs to get them from elsewhere were too much for me to justify. We finished up buying the navy and white fabric from our local craft retailer and simply measured and cut the fabrics into stripes which we then sewed together and lined. It wasn’t as difficult as I imagined (although we did need to measure and cut very carefully and ensure all our lines were very straight which took a bit of time). Full how-to coming for those as well.

Home Heart Harmony Boy Bedroom Reveal 9The carpet is a deeper pile that we have been used to in the past and I really love it. It is so soft and cosy to stand on and really gives the room a warm, comfortable feel. We went for a reasonably priced carpet but did invest a little extra in a good quality underlay which just provides an extra ‘plush’ feeling underfoot.

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[Similar Shelving Units, Bean Bag, Lamp, Similar Storage Boxes]

The bedding, linen basket and red beanbag are all from Argos and were very reasonable. The rug and light fitting were very kindly given to me by Wayfair in exchange for a post I have written for them about decorating for an older boy. (I’ll be sure to share that with you as soon as it’s available.) I was actually really impressed with the ordering and delivery process for all the items shown. It was great to be able to get everything so quickly with so little hassle!

Home Heart Harmony Boy Bedroom Reveal 4Sources are in the links under selected pictures but if I have missed anything, please feel free to ask in the comments. I should note that it seems IKEA no longer make several of the items we have here including the shelving units or desk in the colour shown. There is a black-brown option for the shelves and desk which is similar but this was called ‘grey-brown’ and it’s slightly lighter than what is available now. Otherwise, it comes in white and light brown which is a natural pine colour.

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[Rug, Light Fitting]

We actually managed to finish the whole room a long way under budget which is amazing and I feel really glad that we were able to produce the look we wanted and still not over-spend.

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I’m so relieved to finally have this space finished. I’m so glad that our son now has a room that can grow with him into his teen years and beyond. It has been a longer project than I anticipated with plenty of false-starts before we even got going! However, it was worth all the waiting. Now I just need to get started clearing the devastation that this reno has left elsewhere on our upper floor! Our son’s previous bedroom currently looks like a disaster zone! Guess what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks?!

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In the meantime, I’ll just take a moment to enjoy the fruits of our labours and share a few more pictures…

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You can read all about the inspiration and the journey to our finished room here, here and here.

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Update: I can’t believe I forgot to add a before and after to this post! You know they are my favourite! Here we go. The before shots…

The most unimaginative room in the world?

The most unimaginative room in the world?

And the after…

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And the other side? Before…

The Guest Bedroom as it was

The Guest Bedroom as it was

And After…


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    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Rachel. I am so pleased with the way it’s turned out. White, navy and red is one of my favourite colour combinations. I love that we can change around the accessories and accent colours as our son grows if he wants a change without having to re-decorate again. xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Jess, stylish and practical is the holy grail of decorating I always think! 😉 Gotta have a place for all those treasures. Our son is such a sentimental little soul, he won’t let me get rid of anything so if I can find it all a home, we are on to a winner! (And if some of it gets ‘lost’ after a few months, he’s less likely to notice!)

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      That unit is a god-send. It hides a myriad of clutter! Perfect for a little hoarder-in-the-making! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      I was really amazed when I took the photos how striking the red looks. I love it too 😉 Thanks so much for reading xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Ha ha! I know! He thinks he’s a teenager! I want him to stay my baby but I’m pretty sure he’s got other ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Angela! We still have to add more pictures but the one I had ordered was damaged in transit so it never reached us. I’m trying to decide what to hang on the wall above the desk. Need to give it further thought! (Never one to rush into a decision!) Thanks for stopping by xx

  1. Mum in Brum says:

    Wow this looks so grown up I love everything you’ve done! I’ve always wanted paneling along our hallway so I’ll look forward to reading your how-to post. You’ve done such a great job with making your own curtains and the red headboard really sets off the room. Brilliant job, no wonder your son is made up! 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much. The panelling was amazingly easy, I think we’ll be putting it up all over the house soon! Thanks for stopping by xx

  2. catherine@pushingthemoon says:

    Wow! Your son is very lucky to have such an amazing room! The wood paneling is genius!

    I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making my own curtains for a long time but have never managed to pluck up the courage! Xxx #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Catherine. I have also been putting off anything vaguely resembling sewing for years but now we’ve done these curtains, I feel like my confidence with it has taken a serious boost. I’m really looking forward to tackling more sewing projects soon! Thanks so much for reading xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Ha ha, yes, his friends have so far been suitably impressed! He is loving showing off his new space, I’m so glad he has a room he feels comfortable in, it’s a real pleasure to see him enjoying it. Thanks for reading xx

  3. Caro | The Twinkles Mama says:

    AMAZING!!! Absolutely love it 🙂 I’ve been banging on about putting panelling in our ensuite — I’m going to sit my boy down to look at this — so he can see just how great it will look! LOVE it — well done! Such a lot of work but SO worth it 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us on #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Caro, I hope it will further convince your man when I tell you that the panelling was surprisingly easy. It’s actually ‘faux’ panelling – we just stuck those frames right onto the wall. It was so simple and looks great – win win! I’ll be sure to link up to #HomeEtc with the ‘how-to’ so you can see what I’m talking about. Thanks so much for your lovely words xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      🙂 thanks Sabrina! I almost want to make myself a pair of those curtains! They really did work out well, thanks to my very clever Mum! Xx

  4. Lisa (mummascribbles) says:

    Wow, this looks absolutely amazing. I love it. He must adore it. My nephew has a super bedroom a bit like this too and I am always so impressed with it when I walk in! Well done on all the hard work. Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Lisa, it was definitely worth all the hard work to see how excited our little man was when it was all finished! Now I just need to get his old room painted, cleared and re-purposed as a guest room #neverending 😉 Thanks so much for reading xx

  5. Charlotte says:

    Love it! I think the bookcase/shelving around the bed is my favourite part! although how you managed the panelling is beyond me! it looks gorgeous you should be so proud!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Charlotte for your lovely comment. The panelling was surprisingly easy, I have just blogged the how-to this week, I think you’ll be amazed how easy it was! Thanks for stopping by xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Caroline, it was my first attempt at making curtains and they certainly weren’t an easy starting option!! Thank goodness I had my Mum there to guide me! xx

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