You might remember a while ago I wrote about how we were swapping rooms with the kiddos, and that I was spending a LOT of time trying to find as many gender neutral solutions as possible – the whole thing has taken way longer than I thought it would; I can’t find curtains big enough for the window in our price range, we need more storage ideas and I need to paint the bookcase. I honestly thought it would just be a case of shoving it all in there and hoping for the best, but it just didn’t turn out like that!
The littluns moving into the big room mean that we’re now sleeping in the small room, which basically looks like this:
There’s room for a bed, and there’s room for a wardrobe and absolutely nowt else.
On the plus side, a small room that doesn’t really need any decorating means that we can spend a bit more on the lighting – so it looks like I might finally get a pendant light somewhere in the house, yippeeeeee. I’ve been really drawn to bronze and silver industrial style fittings lately, like the shade that comes with the Huna hanging light over at Lampcommerce; it’s noticeable without being too in-your-face – loud patterns are going to be a huge no-no in a room this size!
When we first put the bed in there, my immediate thought was that I hated it; it was cramped, the bed was a nightmare to make as you can’t really walk down either side very easily, and it just seemed really…. small. But then I turned to Pinterest (because, where else?!) and found some amazing articles on Apartment Therapy on small bedrooms which were really inspiring – I want to keep it as calm and simple as possible, with a few vintage or antique things, a botanical print and plenty of plants (our peace Lily is getting a bit lonely!) on the window sill. I found an amazing vintage mandolin at an antiques fair lately that would have been perfect, but it was £58 – a bit out of my (really small) budget!
One of the main problems we’re having is that there’s absolutely no space down either side of the bed for a night stand – mine didn’t really have much on it anyway, so I’m not too fussed, but it does leave us with an issue of what to do about bedside lighting. I’ve always tried to go to bed and read, because it supposedly helps with sleep quality – we try to keep technology out of the bedroom as much as possible but I’m pretty bad at taking my iPhone or the iPad up with me to carry on
checking Facebook browsing eBay checking important work emails – so we definitely need some sort of low lighting. A set of shelves isn’t really an option, because I can just imagine getting up for the loo in the night and knocking myself unconscious on them, and the curtains get in the way of having a lamp behind the bed. I think we’re going to go with a wall lamp on either side, which Ali is obviously really happy about as it means yet more drilling!
It’s not all bad though – I’ve gotten used to being in there now, and love how the light falls at the end of the day, and that when you’re lying down you can see the sunset snd the sky – it’s like having a skylight without the hassle of actually installing one!
This is a collaborative post.