Karen Knox, an interior stylist and homes blogger, waited for two years to give her all-white bedroom a dramatic makeover. ‘I’d decorated in neutral colours as a quick fix when we first moved into the house. After two years of living with the scheme, I wanted a big change,’ she explains.

After working on a project for a client with dark grey and blue walls, she found her own colour scheme inspiration when she picked up a limited-edition print by Angelique Houtkamp, which now hangs above her bed. ‘I colour-matched three of the blues in this print at my local DIY store, and then painted my walls with tester pots until I committed to this shade by Valspar.’

After two months of hard work, the finished room has quickly become the couple’s favourite in the house. ‘When friends or family see my bedroom for the first time, I think they are a bit shocked by the colour but they all love it,’ says Karen. ‘Having this shade on every wall makes the room mine, and is reflective of my personality and home style. Next on my list is to paint the ceiling a dark shade, too.’

Karen Knox sitting in her blue bedroom in Ekenaset arm chairProject notes

The owners

Karen Knox (pictured), an interior designer and writer, lives here with fiancé Pete Allison, a civil servant, their three-year-old son, Charlie, and Chooch, the cat

The property

A three-bedroom 1950s semi-detached house in Leeds, Yorkshire

Total project cost

£2,304

before image of a white bedroom makeover

Before the bedroom makeover the room was clean and neutral, but its white-painted walls and furniture felt bland to Karen

retro style bedside table and bed in blue bedroom

Karen’s walls are in Midtown Magic by Valspar, from B&Q. A retro-inspired bedside table from Maisons du Monde, with framed picture by Alex Garant above from Society6.

  • Portobello double bed, Maisons du Monde. Cushions, Wayfair, Ikea and Habitat. For similar throws (out of shot), try Homesense. Ogilvy swing-arm wall lamp, Made.com seating area
blue bedroom with midcentury style furniture

The alcoves are different sizes, which meant there was enough space in one of them for a wardrobe by Made.com and a chest of drawers by Loughborough Furniture. A Ruben Ireland print is in a vintage frame by Society6

  • Light, Plumen. Curtains, Ikea. Stag head by Clive Roddy, Not on the High Street. Wooden blind, Order Blinds
Ekenaset armchair and hovet mirror from Ikea in blue bedroom

The Hovet mirror, Ekenaset arm chair and sheepskin throw, all from Ikea, create a relaxed spot for reading

Cost breakdown

  • Wardrobes £900
  • Bed £500
  • Rug £164
  • Art and frames £160
  • Chair £150
  • Lighting £150
  • Curtains and blind £150
  • Paint £100
  • Accessories £30

Total: £2,304

Contacts

  • Design: Making Spaces
  • Paint: B&Q
  • Lighting: Plumen
  • Furniture: Maisons du Monde; Ikea; Made.com
  • Art: Society6

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