It’s been a long time since we redecorated our bedroom, mainly because I really liked the scheme which was kind of timeless with soft grey wallpaper, Mimosa by Cole & Son and walls painted in Pink Ground by Farrow & Ball, but it was looking tired and since using Bauwerk lime paint on a photography set that I designed a few years back and writing a blog post about all the different types of natural paint, which you can read here, I really wanted to use it in our own home.
The soft chalky texture and natural pigments were perfect for the type of bedroom scheme I wanted to create, which was a mix of warm earthy colours and using as many natural, sustainable, materials as possible, to create a grounded and calm atmosphere, so important for me in a bedroom and also for my husband, who struggles to get to sleep easily.
I chose a shade called Witch Hazel, which is a warm, milky latte colour. I wanted a neutral and light background, but something with a warm tone and this shade is absolutely perfect.
I’d also had an image I’d saved a long time ago from the instagram account of @emilslotte of a lovely warm toned painted cupboard. We have fitted cupboards in our bedroom alcoves, which we made from reclaimed doors. I’d ordered so many paint tester pots to find just the right shade of an antique tea rose, with not too much pink and when I opened Rouge II by Paint & Paper Library, I knew I’d found it. I love this colour so much, we’ve since painted our front door in it too.
Although I absolutely loved Emily’s cupboard, I wanted to bring elements of small scale patterns into the room but without covering the walls with wallpaper, so after creating a Pinterest board with ideas inspired by Matisse, Jean Cocteau, The Bloomsbury group and Swedish Antique hand painted furniture, I developed an idea for a pattern, which was a bit of a hybrid of some of these influences and asked my very clever and artistic husband to hand paint the pattern over the top of the cupboards. I love the result and if you do too but are worried about going free hand, then you could always cut a stencil first or buy something similar from Etsy or Annie Sloan.
Working with the colours of the walls and the hand painted cupboards and wanting all the materials I used to be as natural as possible, I chose 100% linen bedding in tea rose and natural linen colours from H&M Home and a further set of 100% linen pillowcases in a cumin colour from the Secret Linen Store to layer all the colours up. I also loved the pretty sprig flower pillowcases from Garbo & friends, which is predominantly a children’s store but they also have a range of adult sized bedding. As I couldn’t find the right shade with them, I ordered some Tana Lawn fabric from Liberty, in a warm olive colour with a tiny cream sprig leaf, which I will make a set of pillowcases from, for further layering.
I love fabrics so much and although I usually always go for plain linen curtains in my home, I knew I wanted to introduce another pattern and colour into the scheme. I’d already bought the Emilie grey fabric shaded wall lights from Soho Home, so I chose a grey linen mix fabric with a leaf and palm print from a local fabric shop that sells, discontinued and end of rolls of beautiful designer fabrics. I can’t even tell you who the fabric is by, as I bought the entire roll for our curtains, and as there wasn’t quite enough for the length and width that I wanted, I asked the maker to add a tonal band of plain grey linen to the drops. This is a clever way of reducing the price of expensive hand made curtains if you want to use a designer fabric that’s expensive. By adding a deep band of plain, cheaper fabric to the bottom or top of the curtains, you can reduce the overall price and if you love this look, adding a border or band of velvet looks super smart and luxe.
For similar types of fabric to the one I used I would check out Rapture & wright, Botanica Trading & Penny Morrison Ltd all available at The fabric Collective and I always look at Haines Collection for discounted small batches of designer fabrics.
To add lots of texture to the room to compliment the shades and shadows of the lime paint, I added a raffia three tiered chandelier hand made in Morocco from a local concept store So Marrakesh in Altrincham Cheshire. They are now once again taking pre orders online for these lights. I also replaced the existing seagrass in our room, with a new fitted version from Crucial Trading. I’ve used seagrass in most our our rooms, in both houses we’ve owned, for the last 30 years and it’s so practical, durable and tactile, I wouldn’t use anything else, unless I wanted a completely different finish, in wood or tiles.
When I’m designing a room, I always like to bring some black accents into the scheme to weight it down. Whether that be just some black frames for art work or in this case, 2 matching bedside cabinets from La Redoute. I was apprehensive about using these at first, as they weren’t wood, but the brief from my husband, was that he wanted something with a drawer by his bed, to put his books and headphones in and trying to get anything narrow enough to go by our bed, with a drawer that wasn’t either contemporary, too mid century looking or shabby chic, within our budget, was almost impossible, until I saw these. I did look at some lovely cane bed cabs which fitted the brief and the budget but I’m always conscious of using anything too trend led, as it can just as quickly fall out of fashion. These arrived and have a lovely elegant shape, brass accents that match our vintage framed artwork, 2 drawers, (bonus) and they actually look perfect.
I would also just add here, I was a bit nervous about using lime paint as I thought there was such a technique to applying it, but there isn’t at all really. Just use a wide brush and cross hatch overlapping strokes and keep layering up coats, waiting for each to dry throughly first, until you achieve the look you want. It does mark quite easily, as it’s very porous, so I probably wouldn’t recommend using it in a high traffic area such as a kitchen if you cook a lot, or a Childs room, but if you keep some paint back, you can always repaint over any marks.
I’ve added a mood board here with links to any of the brands we used, should you be interested in any of the items.
- Bauwerk Colour paint Witch Hazel
- Raffia Riad light So Marrakesh
- Emilie Wall Light Soho Home, available from Eporta
- Rouge II Paint & paper Library
- Novani Black bedside Cabinet La Redoute
- 100% natural bed line H&M Home
- Tea rose washed line bedding La Redoute
- Curtain fabric from a range of suggested suppliers above
- Original vintage artwork – similar from King & McGaw
- Glenjade Tana Lawn cotton fabric Liberty
- basket weave seagrass flooring Crucial Trading