By Jo Philipp
Your spare room often turns into a messy mixture of a guest room and a storage room. Since the room is not in regular use it’s easy to just use it as a decorative dumpster and try to cut corners in the décor.
But a great looking spare room can actually increase its functionality. Furthermore, guests staying at the spare room are much happier to visit you if you create a beautiful place for them to stay.
Below are some of our favourite bedroom designs for your spare room. All the designs are simple and easy to achieve and you won’t need to spend a fortune on the décor.
Smart Storage Solutions for Clutter Free Rooms
First, you should definitely ensure your spare room looks clutter free. Make sure you regularly go through the items in the guest room to ensure you don’t just use the cabinets and boxes in the room for storing junk!
Since you’ll be storing some of your ‘leftover’ items in the spare room, you want to opt to have your storage looking fresh and tidy. Make sure you utilise all the space in the room.
By Jo Philipp
Wall stickers are a fantastic way to decorate your rooms. They instantly add more colours to your room and are the perfect way to highlight a theme in the room.
You might think wall stickers are only to be used on the wall – not a surprise since they are called wall stickers! But you can use wall stickers in your décor in a number of different ways. Our selection of kids’ wall stickers even allows you to add them to your window!
How to Use Wall Stickers
If you are new to using wall stickers, it’s a good idea to read our guide for applying wall stickers. In short, what you need to know is that wall stickers can be used on any smooth surface!
However, you shouldn’t use wall stickers on surfaces that are close to a source of heat, such as a radiator. In some instances, this might also include a window, which is in direct sunlight. The sunlight could make the colours of the sticker fade quicker.
If you are buying wall stickers to use on a unique surface, such as a window, you can always contact to retailer to make sure! Some brands can be used on windows, but if this isn’t specifically mentioned on the product page, you should check before you buy.
By Jo Philipp
Decorating doesn’t need to be laborious and expensive. There are plenty of clever ideas to use in children’s rooms for creating a fun and practical look. Colourful, personal and fun décor can be achieved with a bit of planning and some clever ideas.
Here are some of our favourite bedroom designs for kids. All of the below ideas are simple to create and they won’t cost a fortune!
Cool and Calming
Opt to use a decorating colour that is calming and easy to combine with brighter shades. For example, lavender is a great bedroom colour for both girls and boys. You can easily combine this cool and calming colour with brighter shades like orange, blue and green.
Paint the walls and the ceiling with lavender and opt for similar shades with your fabrics. If you are decorating a nursery, you can keep the colours soft and pair your lavender walls with pastel shades of yellow and lilac.
Furthermore, you can also showcase a special theme in the room, as this timeless colour makes using themes easy. You can easily create a jungle-themed room or opt for a space-theme if you like.
By Jo Philipp
Children growing up so fast might sound like a cliché but it is painstakingly true. Your little baby boy might be playing with soft toy dinosaurs now, but in a blink of an eye, the soft toys have turned into tablets and computer games.
In our previous blog post, we looked at how you can make smart decorating choices with your child’s bedroom in order to create a long lasting décor. This will save you from the trouble of redecorating the whole room every two years, as your child finds a new favourite toy or TV-show – not to mention the sigh of relief your wallet will make!
While the previous post focused on long lasting bedroom ideas for girls, today we’ll be looking at boys’ bedroom ideas.
Skipping the Theme
You should definitely consider skip using an obvious decorating theme in the nursery. Although themes such as jungle and space can be wonderful and fun, they can limit the longevity aspect of your décor.
It’s much better to stick to decorating with a specific colour scheme. This allows you to change the smaller details, such as bedding and photos on the wall, without having to think too much about changing the whole room.
If you do want to use a theme, other than a specific colour scheme, you could go with abstract decorating ideas. For instance, you could opt to have plenty of geometrical shapes in the room. So, add circle photo frames on the wall and include funky lampshades and rugs on the floor.
Many people focus their decorating efforts on creating beautiful walls and including just the right furniture pieces to the room. When it comes to ceilings, most people don’t pay a lot of attention and simply choose to have white ceilings in all the rooms. To most, a white ceiling is the easiest solution that works well in all rooms.
While white ceilings are a traditional and timeless way to decorate, you can make your room just a bit more interesting by adding decorations to your ceiling as well. There are a number of creative and unique ways to decorate a ceiling and to make sure it matches the rest of the room.
Here are some of our favourite ideas for decorating a ceiling.
Lighter Shade of Paint
There’s no reason to avoid painting the ceiling with a similar shade to your walls. While a dark paint can make the room look a bit smaller, this doesn’t necessarily mean the room will look crammed and small.
If you are using brighter wall paint on your rooms, you could easily use the same colour on the ceiling as well to give the room a simple makeover. Alternatively, it is a good idea to pick the ceiling paint one or two shades lighter to the wall paint.
By Jo Philipp
Small bedrooms might seem like the bane of modern living, but these tiny spaces don’t need to cause you unnecessary headache. A small bedroom can guarantee you can create a personal and functional room that has plenty of character to stand out from the crowd.
While decorating a small room won’t mean you need to make too many compromises with great designs, it does mean you need to carefully plan your project. You should also utilise the common wisdom of great décor tricks for small spaces, using colour and shape to your advantage.
So, if you are looking for inspiration for getting your tiny bedroom looking stunning, the following designs will hopefully provide you with plenty of ideas.
Be Smart with Multi-Purpose Furniture
Bunk beds are great way to save space in a small room. Image courtesy of Mia & Steven Mestdagh, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.
You definitely need to make the most of the space and multi-purpose furniture is the best to help you do so. Opt for a tall bed, which has plenty of storage room at the bottom to guarantee you don’t need to add a lot of wardrobes or cabinets to your room.
If you are adventurous, go for a double bunk bed and spend your nights sleeping a bit higher! Bunk beds aren’t just for kids and you can use the below space for your make-up table or for creating a beautiful reading corner for yourself.
If you want to add sitting solutions to your room, make sure they have another function as well. Get a large wooden trunk and fill it with your shoes or smaller storage boxes. Create a soft futon pillow on top and place the trunk against the wall for a modern sofa.