Global Boho Girl’s Bedroom Design, Mortlake

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - DIY wall hanging + wicker headboard

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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.

Mood Board for Eleanor's Global Boho Bedroom - Kids Room Design Plans

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - midcentury desk + storage bed
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - desk + ottoman storage bed

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Anthropologie Caravan rug + corgi butt
Global boho kids bedroom makeover -Ikea macrame plant hanger
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - West Elm Roar & Rabbit Crackle glaze lamp

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Spoonflower removable wallpaper Holli Zollinger Bebe Mudcloth

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Ikea Duktig + thrifted chair

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - kitchen + rug + painting

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Alice Neave poil painting
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Ikea play kitchen + Moroccan tea set

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - wocker headboard + tulips

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - ottoman storage bed

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - wicker headboard + shibori

The wall hanging was a last-minute DIY – more on that here.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - DIY wall hanging
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - string of hearts

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - shelf styling + Indian Cow

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - DIY pin board
Global boho kids bedroom makeover -
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Anthropologie Caravan rug + shibori

Enjoy the rest of the photos…

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - boho bamboo mirror
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - industrial leather chest
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - wicker pendant
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Ikea Duktig play kitchen
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Ikea Ekby shelving + DIY gold brackets
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - lilac tulips

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.

TOTAL: £2695

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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  1. May 11, 2017 / 4:23 am

    Such a sweet room! I’m sure your daughter loves it. That wallpaper is beautiful. And I can’t believe it’s peel and stick.

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Thanks Tricia – she does! 🙂

  2. May 11, 2017 / 4:51 am

    very chic! which kid wouldn’t love to have this as their bedroom?? I wish I grew up in one! My favorite has got to be the leather trunk!

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Thanks so much Tim!

  3. May 11, 2017 / 6:28 am

    What a cute room for a little girl. This is so good for a rental! I especially love the rug and the kitchen 😉

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks Julie – I think those are Eleanor’s favourite parts too!

  4. May 11, 2017 / 7:51 am

    I could be perfectly happy in this room! I love how you used lots of color but the room feels so bright and light still.

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Aww thank you so much Ashley – that’s exactly what I was going for 🙂

  5. Victoria
    May 11, 2017 / 9:22 am

    So so beautiful. I really love all the little extra touches – the use of plants and the wall hanging especially! You are so talented!

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Aww, thanks gorgeous lady! xxx

  6. May 11, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I love how it turned out! And good call on that wall hanging, it’s adorable and looks great over the bed. 🙂

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Thanks Clarissa – I was up till midnight on Tuesday making it, haha. x

  7. May 11, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Such a delightful room, I love every bit of it! Looking forward to your post about your wall hanging, it looks gorgeous! Your daughter is a lucky little lady 🙂 xx

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks so much Meera! xx

  8. May 11, 2017 / 11:59 am

    emmy and i just adore this room! we were just looking at it together because i wanted to show her- it’s very much her vibe!!! beautiful!

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Aww, glad she liked it! I love her bedroom too!

  9. May 11, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    What a lucky little girl to have this room all to herself! The colors are perfect without being overwhelming and all the patterns and textures pair so nicely together!

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Thanks so much Bre! Still can’t get over your bathroom – it’s amazing!

  10. May 11, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I pinned the hell-o out of this room. This is absolutely stunning. I love all, every single piece of detail you have in this space!!!!!

    • May 11, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica! Yours is gorgeous too!

  11. May 11, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    This space look amazing! I love all of the details and layers of texture you used to make it special. I know your little is so excited to have this room. It’s stunning! Hugs, CoCo

    • May 11, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much Coco!

  12. May 11, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    What a perfect space for a little girl! All the details are perfect. Between the woven and rattan details, that incredible rug, and all the textiles. Don’t let my girls see this space!

    • May 11, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Haha, thanks Leslie!

  13. May 11, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    I can’t even handle how cute and amazing this is. Id live in your littles room. Nailed it friend.

    • May 12, 2017 / 8:44 am

      Thanks Erin! I freaking love your room too!

  14. May 11, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, I just love it! So nice to see another boho room on the ORC! I love all the vintage elements you incorporated. And that wallpaper, oh my. And the rug! Ahhhh! It’s soooo good! Fantastic job!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Bring on the boho! Haha. Thanks Becky!

  15. May 12, 2017 / 12:51 am

    I seriously love everything about this room! That wallpaper, the lighting fixture, that rug!!! Heck I’ll move in!!! Well done!!!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much Lidia!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks Dara!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks Nancy!

    • May 12, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Thanks Jessica – we both have some lucky little ladies! 🙂

  16. May 12, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Whoa, whoa, whoa! This is THE coolest kid’s room EVER!!!! That rug, the artwork, and don’t think the delicious brass pieces in the mini kitchen didn’t catch my eye because I gasped when i saw them. It’s just all stunning!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks so much Thalita! E bought the little brass tea set with her pocket money when we went to Morocco last summer – apparently I’ve instilled a love of brass in her too (WIN!) 🙂

  17. May 12, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    I adore this room! We haven’t finished my daughter’s room but my Pin board for her space is very similar to this is style and colors. I love it!! Adding it to my inspiration file for her room right now.

    • May 12, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Oo how exciting! I’m off to follow you now – would love to see when you pull it together!

  18. May 13, 2017 / 1:29 am

    What a beautiful room! I love that it’s a storage bed! That wallpaper is amazing too. I can’t believe you got that headboard so cheap!

    • May 15, 2017 / 5:21 am

      Thanks Jess! I love the storage bed so much!

  19. May 14, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    What a cute bedroom for your daughter. The dresser is awesome, it’s my favorite element in the room!

    • May 15, 2017 / 5:22 am

      Thanks Nicki!

  20. May 15, 2017 / 3:43 am

    I love it!!! I can’t wait for the wall hanging tutorial!!!

    • May 15, 2017 / 5:22 am

      Thanks Kelly – hoping to get on that this week! 🙂

  21. May 15, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    This room is amazing! My favorite part is all the texture you added through textiles! The rug and bedding are amazing!

    • May 16, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Thanks Amanda! I was definitely going for a layered look 🙂

  22. Dominique
    May 15, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Great room! What program do you use to create a mood board?

    • May 16, 2017 / 8:08 am

      I use Photoshop now, but I used to use and that was a really good (free & very intuitive) alternative.

  23. May 15, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    You seriously found some amazing steals for this room – I mean that wicker headboard is so great! And I really love the subtle pattern the wallpaper brought to the room. Peel and stick is amazing 🙂 Congratulations on creating such a lovely space in six weeks!

    • May 16, 2017 / 8:10 am

      Thanks so much Kevin – you too! 🙂

  24. Krista
    May 16, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Such a great room for a girl to grow into! And that bed is amazing! You have me scouring eBay for one similar that will ship to the US….not having much luck!?

    • May 17, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thanks Krista! I found one on Overstock, but the reviews aren’t great. I had no idea this was a mostly British thing – maybe coz our houses tend to be rather short on space? Hope you do find one!

  25. May 17, 2017 / 2:13 am

    Yah for a beautiful Boho chic makeover, what a perfect space! I love that sweet little desk area 🙂

    • May 17, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks so much Kristin! 🙂

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