When we were planning our extension the main focus was on what was happening downstairs. We discussed the family/kitchen/dining room at great lengths, where the couch would go, where the dining table would be, what size the bi-fold doors should be. We drew plans up for the garden and then changed them about many, many times as we tried to think how we would practically use the space.
What we didn’t really discuss were the changes that would happen to our bedroom. As we were extending out the back it made sense to make the bedroom a little bit bigger and as we already had a small balcony on the back we wanted to keep an outdoor space upstairs but make it bigger. We had discussed putting a walk-in wardrobe within the room, something we did decide to go ahead with but we didn’t imagine where the furniture would be, or colour schemes. In all honesty it was a bit of a hit and hope situation. Let’s make it bigger and then decide what to do from there.
I hadn’t given much thought to the window situation but my husband did. Our bedroom faces East so gets all the sun in the morning and we wanted to maximise that. Previously our room had felt quite dark, not helped by a brown decor that had been inherited from our previous home (remember when cream and brown was all the rage?), so one thing I wanted was to make the room light and bright.
I think it’s fair to say that we accomplished that. We had installed floor to ceiling windows with doors that lead onto the balcony. We invested a lot of time shopping around to make sure we got the best price on the glass and spent hours searching for discounted windows to make sure we were getting a good deal, and we couldn’t be happier with them.
For the nine years we have lived in our house our bedroom was always the room I desperately wanted to change, now I love it. I love the light colours, the thick carpet as opposed to the hard wooden floor. I love that we now have space for a super king size bed which means there’s room for all four to snuggle up and watch tv on a weekend morning.
There’s still work to be done in our bedroom, ten months after our extension was completed we are still looking to add those homely touches to most of the rooms in the house but we are getting there. The walk-in wardrobe is still a long while off being completed, the balcony desperately needs some furniture and there is still some artwork I need to find for the walls but it already feels so much cosier than it’s predecessor.
We have candles, and cushions, throws and lamps, and the latest addition to the room is a house plant called Spike. For the room we hadn’t given too much consideration to, it has become the loveliest surprise of all from the work we did on the house. The best icing on the cake there could have been.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.