Last month I offered readers the chance to send in their design dilemmas for an “online makeover”. I also promised to share the results, so here they are!
This is a great example of a room that could do with a makeover. I have enclosed computer-generated styling solutions that could be achieved over a couple of weekends and won’t cost the earth.
Paint is of course the quickest and easiest way of changing a room. It gives a blank room instant personality! I’ve suggested the walls are painted a lush inky blue/grey. This colour has to been carefully chosen so that it remains calming instead of feeling overpowering.
Inexpensive wood bedside cabinets can also be transformed with a lick of paint and new handles. Here I’m suggesting a warm-grey paint for a balanced colour scheme for the bedside tables and chest of drawers. For added detail, mask off the top section of each drawer before painting the chest of drawers, leaving the original wood finish to add a fun pattern of horizontal stripes (be sure to use good quality ‘frog-tape’ for a cleaner line and lightly sand and use an “all surface primer” before painting).
Now here’s a trick to make a space feel bigger if time and budget allows: Cut the legs off the bedside tables and bracket them onto the wall so it floats and increases the perceived floor space. Make sure the wall structure can support this and ask for expert advice if unsure.