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Moodboard for a Bedroom

23rd November 2022
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The builders are back! Today I had planned to show you the culmination of a project I have been working on for a year but for publicity reasons I’m not allowed to share until next week (hopefully) so I’m going to give you an idea of what we are doing in the bedroom.

Oddly, although this house is significantly smaller than the last one, the main bedroom is only about 15cm smaller than the old one. They are essentially the same width from the street view (although the ceilings are lower) so we have decided to do the same false wall wardrobe that we did before. The measurements are slightly tighter – on the original plan we had 125cm at the end of the bed and the bed was 210cm long. We replaced that bed several years ago with one that is 220 long so we had just over 1m between the end of the bed and the wall and there was enough space to dress between the wardrobe and the fireplace. Now, we will have 1m at the end of the bed and the dressing space is more standing room than dressing room. But that’s fine – it will give us a lot of storage and, as I have said many times before, as long as there is space for the bed and all the mess is hidden away it will be calm and restful.

That said, we pondered if it would be better to put a wall of cupboards all along the wall facing the fireplace – the more conventional option – but there isn’t enough room between the wall and the window so we would have had to sit the cupboards away from the wall at both ends leaving a gap of useless space (or perhaps a breathing space depending on your point of view) and it seems as if the room would feel smaller that way. We would have been constantly walking round the bed, which would have been in the middle of the room facing the windows and the alcoves would have been decorative rather than useful.

This way we have a clear sleeping area with just a bed and side tables and a lot of room to store things – I’m having a double hanging rail and have incorporated shelves at the sides rather than sticking a freestanding (Ikea) unit along the bottom which was always difficult to access. The lower ceiling and double rail means the storage above (mostly suitcases) will disappear but we have funny a funny little cupboard under the stairs going up to the loft which holds four cases perfectly.

Floorplans sorted now what about the decor? Well we are going full on wallpaper this time. The Sarkozi taupe from Mind The Gap will wrap around all four walls and the front of the wardrobe – this will also merge the false wall into the wall behind so it isn’t a big slab of stand out colour in the middle of the room. In the last house it was a dark green feature wall designed to hide the bed but this time we are trying to hide the wall rather than make it stand out.


I think there’s a risk that this paper, while dramatic in pattern, could look old-fashioned so we are painting the woodwork, windows and door in Temple by Paint and Paper Library to give it a modern twist. The ceiling will be in Leather II (cream not actual leather although that would be modern!).

The floor will be sisal from Alternative Flooring. We weren’t sure until we lifted the carpet yesterday what state the boards would be in and I have to say, having spent eight weeks in a carpeted bedroom over the sitting room it does absorb the noise so well. I think I might be done with sanding original floorboards as, while they look great with rugs on, they are noisy and draughty. We also uncovered this pretty hearth by the fireplace which will be cleaned and left open. Some of the tile pieces are missing so the plan is just fill it in as best we can and leave polyfilla in the gaps.

The new windows will be in before Christmas along with the radiators from Castrads which are being moved from opposite the window to under the window. I know lots of people complain about radiators under windows but anywhere else in that room and they are taking up precious wall space so tucking them under the windows is the most practical and space-saving solution. By the time we have new double-glazed windows and sisal flooring I’m hoping they can be purely decorative and we will hardly need to turn them on!

Finally, in another break from the old house we are having curtains in this room rather than blinds. I have chosen an ivory velvet from Blinds2Go as they can be made before Christmas and once the new windows are in and the old shutters gone we will be in need of fast privacy. The wallpaper is busy so I have deliberately chosen a plain colour and style but in a rich fabric to contrast with the rougher Sisal floor.

I cannot wait to unpack all the boxes and move back into this room. The flooring will be the final touch and will fitting in January but I will, of course, show you when it’s all done.



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  • Aline 11th December 2022 at 7:36 am

    I always wonder about sisal carpets, are they better than regular carpets? I have sisal rugs around the house, it is hard to remove stains and we have a dog

  • Joanna Pearson 28th November 2022 at 7:29 am

    love temple by p and p. Your moodpboard is definitely tantalising! Exciting. Our breath is bated! x

  • Lisa Mishra 24th November 2022 at 4:40 am

    Thanks for that great post. Your moddboard for the bedroom is very innovative and thought provoking. Worth the money !!

  • Lisa Mishra 24th November 2022 at 4:38 am

    Looks amazing. I loved the way you had shared the floor plan. Much awaited to see the finished room .

  • parkplayhome 23rd November 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Loving the feel, materials and colours Kate. Super refined yet grounded.

  • Lin 23rd November 2022 at 5:13 pm

    I’ll be really interested to see how you do your curtains with radiator under the window. I had to contend with this combination – my late dad’s advice about not blocking the heat overcame my desire for floorlength curtains so I have short curtains and unblocked warmth …

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 24th November 2022 at 4:39 pm

      I’ll be having floor length curtains which I will pull when I go to bed and the heating goes off and a blind or cafe curtain over the lower half of the window for earlier in the evening when the heating is on.

  • Denise Brice 23rd November 2022 at 11:34 am

    Looking at your fireplace – could you reduce the hearth by one tile depth and use the tiles from this to replace any broken ones. you could then sisal up to the next row of tiles. i don’t think this would look out of proportion for the size of the grate and would have added benefit of a wider sisal walkway behind the wardrobes. also you wouldn’t need any polyfiller!

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 24th November 2022 at 4:40 pm

      That’s a good idea – I shall look at this in more detail thank you

  • Vicky Wilford 23rd November 2022 at 10:11 am

    Exciting!! I think that fireplace is gorgeous, it will look lovely black leaded to complement your new rads. One thing I don’t understand I the floorplan drawing, is that a floor plan or plan for the dressing area? Will the bed face the fireplace as you have a window to the left there, and where do you enter the room?

  • Rachel Bowyer 23rd November 2022 at 10:00 am

    Its a shame the floor plan couldnt be flipped so you get to enjoy the fireplace all the time rather than it being hidden in the wardrobe area but i suspect the dimentions wouldnt allow

    • Pia 24th November 2022 at 1:42 pm

      I don’t know if that is the case but when I lay in bed I want to see the door. I wouldn’t want to walk into a wall and I wouldn’t want the entrance door behind my head. I guess it is the cave woman in me 🙂 To me the layout makes sense and the loss of fireplace view is negligible.

  • Nicola 23rd November 2022 at 9:58 am

    Just an idea, but why don’t you use a couple of the whole tiles from the outer most bit of hearth to replace the two very broken tiles in the fire surround, and reduce the size of the hearth?

  • Denise 23rd November 2022 at 9:57 am

    Looks amazing. I’m really jealous: sale of my house fell through and looks like I’ll be sitting in here for quite a while. One point about your crappy radiators, pending the new ones being in throughout the house. Have you tried rebalancing them, Kate? Probably need a plumber plus one to do it – adjusts the flow of water. I had two stone cold rads, only four year old boiler and heating system, including radiators. Had it rebalanced (had never heard of it: knowledgeable brother in law suggested it), and they are all working perfectly. The too-hot ones are now just right, and the freezing cold ones are now…just right!

  • Charlotte 23rd November 2022 at 9:47 am

    Looks gorgeous and I do share your love of a floor plan – interesting to see the dimensions and how it fits in. I always imagined your old bedroom must have been way longer. Looking forward to seeing the finished room (and house 😊)

  • SandraH 23rd November 2022 at 9:19 am

    The colour scheme looks really restful. I like the plans for storage too. We downsized and for the main bedroom in the loft, we didn’t want a bank of wardrobes but double hanging rail around a corner out of sight works really well. I can’t wait to see it.

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