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It is Belle’s 13th birthday this Spring and she asked use if she could have a bedroom makeover as a gift from us, her parents. We thought this was a good idea as her room was still decorated in the pale orange and teddy bear stencils which we had put up before she was born. I don’t think a teenager’s bedroom looks right with teddy bear stencils!
Colours and accents
Belle chose colours and patterns. She wanted white walls with one grey accent wall. I was apprehensive as grey is the colour of rainclouds, gloom and John Major’s spitting image puppet. I thought a white room would be cold like living in an igloo. When the grey went on the wall I was surprised to find I really love it! It’s Chic Shadow from Dulux and the effect is soft and calming. We replaced the yellow vertical blind slats with off-white and we still plan to get some mid-grey curtains.
She also wants accents in grey marble and rose gold. There were four birch wood sections of the built in Ikea drawers and wall cupboards. We covered these in grey marble sticky backed plastic from Homebase. We got her a new bedside drawer unit from Amazon and before putting it together we covered the top in the same marble sticky backed plastic. That has the advantage of being easy to wipe clean if there are cup marks.
Belle’s bashed old hand-me-down wardrobe went to charity and we ordered a new one from Worldstores which is part of Dunelm. Sadly on the day of delivery they texted to say it was out of stock which was infuriating. We decided to shop elsewhere.
We looked at the Ikea website and were surprised to find a new wardrobe range has just been launched called Platsa. The dimensions are perfect for our teenager’s bedroom so Mr Falcondale and Belle dashed to Ikea to buy it. They also got the integral top box and chose sliding doors which will always be easy to open, even if Belle’s floor gets untidy. The wardrobe was so new to Ikea that the staff had not even made one for display. We made it first!
Focus on a bureau
Belle was concerned about the sight of a messy desk so we agreed to get her a bureau. She can close any mess out of site and the lower shelves mean she can keep more things tidy. We found one on the Wayfair website which was a little pricey but the perfect size. Wayfair delivery was problem free and the bureau is fantastic, really solid and smart. It makes a wonderful centre focus for her room.
Teenager’s bedroom makeover – the product list
Here’s the list of products pictured in Belle’s bedroom (not all are new):
The globe and the duvet set are from George at Asda.
The world map money box and the word light box are from New Look.
Both lampshades (ceiling and bedside) are from B&Q .
The sticky backed plastic is from Homebase.
The bureau is from Wayfair.
The wardrobe is Ikea Platsa
The grey paint colour is Chic Shadow from Dulux
The brown waffle cushion and the fluffy grey cushion are Primark.
The vertical blinds are blackout from Hillarys .
The bedside drawers are from Amazon.
We already had the black folding chair from Ikea, and the tall drawers and fitted cupboards are Stuva from Ikea. I don’t remember where the bed is from and we did not change the carpet.
Some of these items and more from Belle’s wishlist are linked in my “Shop” page or below.
Belle’s birthday list was full of marble and rose gold accessories. She’s still planning to spend some pocket money on a few more things and she’s also found lots of items she likes at Old English Prints where there is a competition to win enamel pins.
I think this is quite a sophisticated and practical teenager’s bedroom now, and the new furniture should last until she grows up, moves out and nicks it off us! Would you go for a room makeover in white, grey and marble? Let me know in the comments.
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