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Bedroom makeover: from dark and dated to light and lovely

A dark, dated bedroom is transformed into a light and lovely space with a Mid-century modern makeover by interior designer Tina Stephen

Roomie (122 of 164)

The problem

The room was dated and dark, with awkward small wardrobes, commercial-style blinds, old carpet and brown veneer doors.

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The bedroom before.

 

The brief

Lighten the space and create simple luxury with layered textures and quality pieces.

Roomie (126 of 164)

 

The Solution

– Strip back the wallpaper and dark overhead beams and modernise with a warm grey neutral

– Replace the carpet with charcoal wool carpet + Add sheer white linen curtains over the blinds to give the small room a light, floaty feel

– Raise curtains to full wall height and length to give a sense of space and height

– Add custom made bedside tables in American Oak, with drawers and a shelf for added storage

– Mount wall lights to eliminate clutter on side tables, featuring bespoke brass fittings to add a classic element

Now, our room is so relaxing

and features a calm, natural colour palette

– Achieve diffused light by changing the central shade to a replica George Nelson Bubble pendant

– Redesign the double occupancy wardrobes for maximum height and width, with concertina doors to allow for more storage space

– Remove the door that swung in awkwardly and replace with a space-saving cavity slider

– Style the room with quality textured bedding in neutral tones, offset with a dark fabric headboard and sheepskins for added warmth

Erin says:

Our bedroom was not a restful space – it had peach wallpaper, a tiny wardrobe and mismatched furniture! The small wardrobe was a major problem, the room was not insulated, and an inward swinging hallway door obstructed flow into the small room. Now, our room is so relaxing, and features a calm, neutral colour palette. The beautiful lighting, great bedlinen, bespoke bedside tables and a much bigger and more functional wardrobe have transformed the room. Changing the swinging door to a cavity slider has also worked really well. Tina understood our goals and aesthetic from the start, and now we absolutely love our bedroom!

The moodboard.

The moodboard.

 

Get the look

Vase, $75, from Renee Boyd Ceramics.

Vase, $75, from Renee Boyd Ceramics.

 

Waffle blanket, $159.90, from Wallace Cotton.

Waffle blanket, $159.90, from Wallace Cotton.

 

Adam Sinclair bedside table, $750, from Adam Sinclair Furniture.

Adam Sinclair bedside table, $750, from Adam Sinclair Furniture.

 

Wall sconce, $127 (US $85), from One Forty Three.

Wall sconce, $127 (US $85), from One Forty Three.

 

Bianca Lorenne pillowcase, $60, from Bianca Lorenne.

Bianca Lorenne pillowcase, $60, from Bianca Lorenne.

 

Colour palette

Dulux ‘Mt Aspiring Half’

Dulux ‘Mt Aspiring Quarter’

Photography by: Jo Rusling.

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