It’s One Room Challenge reveal day. The One Room Challenge is a design event in which a range of interior design bloggers makeover a room in their homes (or a clients) in six weeks, posting weekly updates. For this round, I gave my little girl a global boho bedroom makeover.
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Boho Kids Room Design Plan
I started with a bland space and mismatched furniture (see the before pics in week two). My “client” wanted all the colours, but I am still so in love with the neutral master bedroom I recently finished that I wanted a similarly boho vibe in this girl’s bedroom makeover too.
The design plan involved layers of predominantly neutral texture, anchored around a statement rug that did indeed have all the colours. Eleanor is only five, but she has many opinions. Fortunately, she signed off on everything.
Boho Kids Room Reveal
We had a few restrictions on the design. Because we’re renting, there was no painting, no swapping out the carpet, etc. I would have painted the doors and skirting boards bright white if I could, but other than that, I’m really happy with how the room turned out.
The colour palette came from the rug. I’d been on a rug hunt for months when I found this one at Anthro, and it was perfect. It went with the furniture that we already had – the wooden chair (from my Grandma) and the leather-edged chest – but it also brought in pink and purple, which were the main colours Eleanor requested. Those, and “golden,” which I translated as brass accessories.
The peel and stick removable wallpaper is the star here, aside from the rug. It’s a mudcloth-inspired print by Holli Zollinger on Spoonflower. The colourway is subtle but so pretty, and it has the most gorgeous woven texture. Adding subtle pattern everywhere actually made the room seem bigger, which was a great bonus. You can read about how I hung the wallpaper in week five.
That Ikea play kitchen. Probably half of all the diminutive humans I know own one, and Eleanor loves hers. There are some amazing play kitchen makeovers around, but it’s easy on the eye as it is, so I kept it simple.
I pinched the painting from our living room, and finally had it framed six-ish years after I bought it. It’s my favourite, and it’s by Alice Neave. It looks great against the wallpaper.
Having to squeeze four substantial pieces of furniture in here (kitchen, dresser, bed, desk) made the layout challenging. I wouldn’t have the bed against the radiator out of choice, but fortunately the room gets enough heat from the rest of the house so the radiator is never turned on. We prop the extra cushions against it at night so she doesn’t bump herself. It works.
I had a debate about the blinds in week four, and I ended up replacing the practically brand new linen stripe roman blinds with plain white ones. They’re from Blinds 2Go, and I’m impressed with the quality and the price. These are custom-made, black-out lined, and were less than £100.
The bed is an ottoman storage bed, which was an eBay steal (£140 shipped). I replaced the plastic feet it came with, with wooden bun feet. They make it look much more expensive than it was.
The headboard was from eBay too, and cost a fully fiver. I like to mix splurge pieces with steals when I’m designing any space, and this room is no exception.
The wall hanging was a last-minute DIY – more on that here.
I used gold Rub n’ Buff to turn the shelf brackets from brushed nickel to a warm brassy colour. A trailing plant maintains the boho vibe in this kids room.
My plan for the desk area was to use the shibori fabric to make a pinboard. Instead, I used the fabric to dress the bed and kept raw cork on the bulletin board. It adds another layer of texture.
Enjoy the rest of the photos…
Boho Kids Room Sources & Budget Breakdown
One of the first questions I often get from my interior design clients is, how much does it cost to makeover a room? Obviously it depends on whether you go low or high end. If you mix both, as I did here, I generally say somewhere between £1500-£5000, depending on how many existing pieces you have to work with.
Here’s how this bedroom clocked in. I’ve listed costs in terms of how much things were new/full price, although anything with an asterisk* we either already owned or I received a discount on.
- Wallpaper (Holli Zollinger’s Bebe Mudcloth White) – £843* – Spoonflower
- Blinds (150cm x 150cm) – £99 – Blinds 2Go
- Rug – £200* – Anthropologie
- Pendant – £40* – Litecraft
- Shelves & Brackets x4 – £36* – Ikea
- Cork Pinboard – £16 – DIY
- Reading Lamp – £18* – Ikea
- Wall Hanging – £23 – DIY
- Plant Hanger* – about £12 – Ikea
- Metallic Plant Pot (smaller version) – about £15* – Anthropologie
- Desk – £399* – West Elm
- Marblized Plant Pot (similar) – $35* – Mintwood Home
- Ottoman Storage Bed – £140 + Bun Feet – £13 – eBay
- Headboard – £5 – eBay
- Duvet Cover – £29 – John Lewis
- Linen Bed Sheet – £25 – Seriously Comfy via Amazon
- Mustard Pillow Cover – £16 – Camomile
- Hmong Cushion – £18 – Ecco Trading
- Moroccan Wedding Cushion – about £16 – Marrakech souk
- Turkish Towel as Throw (similar) – £25* – Etsy
- Shibori Fabric as Throw – £12
- Mirror – £60 – Maisons du Monde
- Lamp (on dresser) – £169* – West Elm
- Dresser – about £350* – Feather & Black
- Play Kitchen – £59* – Ikea
- Wicker Chair – £10* – thrifted
- Plants – £30*
Read More Spring 2017 ORC Posts
Boho Bedroom Makeover Plans (Week 1)
Befores & Details on the Plan (Week 2)
Wallpaper Options (Week 3)
Textiles & Furniture (Week 4)
How to Hang Removable Wallpaper (Week 5)
The Reveal (Week 6)
Bonus: How to Make A DIY Wall Hanging
You can check out hundreds more room makeovers from the featured designers and the guest participants over at the One Room Challenge, or see a round up of my favourite makeovers from Spring 2016 ORC here.
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