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How I’ve Made My Bedroom Feel More ‘Me’

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If you'd asked me a year ago what my dream bedroom would look like, there's one thing I would say it had to have: white walls.

I was a walking blogger clichΓ© who would spend hours lusting over white, minimalistic rooms on Instagram and Pinterest (see a pattern here?), and was obsessed with anything rose gold. At one point, I even spent SIX HOURS in the salon getting my hair to a rose gold colour... only for it to fade after a week, and with nothing but a few hungover photos to remember it by.

In the last few months, however, things have started to change. I've accepted that no home - or, at least, no lived in home - looks like an image on Pinterest. (Unless, perhaps, it's an Airbnb.)

Now I've changed my approach, I've given up trying to force my life into someone else's mould and I'm working with what I have - and I'm really pleased with the result. My room finally feels like mine. When I'm in my bedroom, I feel inspired, I'm surrounded by the things I love and, most importantly of all, I can completely unwind.

So today I wanted to share with you just a few of my favourite little touches! I'd love to know how you like to make your own home feel more homely (is it just me or does that sound weird?) so let me know below.

   

The Colour Scheme

As I mentioned in a post last week, I love the all-white-everything look so many bloggers have perfected but it's just not going to happen in my own life. And while I'm still a big fan of minimalism, I've finally accepted that white is simply too high maintenance for me. As nice as it looks, I don't love it enough to give it the time and attention it needs to stay looking super "like"-able.

Instead, I've been focusing on adding more personality to my bedroom with little things that feel like me and creating my own unique aesthetic. Renting in London means that my house will never be picture perfect (hello, reality) but one of the reasons we chose our flat is because it gave us a pretty easy-to-work-with blank slate (oh, and maybe the proximity to cute little Instagrammable coffee shops...).

My room is mostly shades of white and rental beige (you know, the weird off-white colour in every rented house and doctor's surgery), finished with pops of duck egg blue, pink and silver. It's not quite the same as the all-white rooms I constantly pin and like, but it definitely feels like me.

   

The Decor

Another thing I've learnt is that less really is more. And I don't mean less in a minimal way (although, as we've just established, I'm a big fan of that  too) but that it only takes a few little tweaks and changes if you choose the right ones.

The perfect example of this - and the piece that's had the biggest impact on my room - is a gorgeous antique canvas map from Maps International. Just like books, I think every home should have at least one gigantic world map. The faded colours compliment the main colour scheme without overdoing it and it gets compliments all the time because it's a great talking point. And let's face it, nothing screams "I'm totally a grown-up now" like having a big old antique map on the wall.

   

The Bedding

There are certain things I think you should start to invest in during your 20s and bedding - along with good food and a few investment pieces for your wardrobe - is top of the list. Last year I decided to switch to only 100% organic cotton bedding and it's made such a difference to my life as well as to my room. You know that super comfy 'feels like I've woken up in a cloud' feeling you get when you stay in a hotel? That's exactly what waking up in my bed feels like every morning.

I've also switched to sleeping on a silk pillowcase, which is working wonders for my hair and skin as well as helping me sleep. If you do one thing for yourself this year, please please please get a silk pillowcase! The only annoying thing is that you have to wash it by hand, but I promise it's totally worth it.

Finally, I've added a lovely little throw that brings together the white bedding and off-white walls, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I always wanted a cosy throw to add some hygge to my bedroom but never really found the right one (until now). My morning doesn't start until I've made my bed and rearranged the throw perfectly over the top. Pure satisfaction.

   

The Little Things

Some of my favourite things in my room are the smallest things. A favourite perfume placed here (Olympea by Paco Rabanne, in case you're wondering - and no, I couldn't avoid rose gold entirely), a cute little bunny candle holder there and a plant to add some colour and life (literally) to the room.

I've also started to look for clever ways to store things. My Habitat Bumble table has a fantastic half-hidden shelf that means I can hide loads of stuff away, colourful shoeboxes are perfect for storing things I don't need regular access to (I mostly use them for beauty products and the like) and I use my favourite books to decorate rather than having to find storage space for them. I also bought this metal shelf from a shop-fitting company to store my shoes... super random but it's had loads of compliments on Instagram.

   

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  • I LOVE how you’ve got your shoes hung up, and that bedside table is gorgeous! xx

    • Thank you! They’re two of my most treasured pieces :)

  • I adore that map. I think one would look great above our bed :) I really want to paint this year and I’d love a light grey wall in the bedroom! X
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

    • Light grey walls are beautiful! If I could paint my flat, there would definitely be lots of grey! And of course you can’t go wrong with a map :) x

  • Melissa Rose

    Beautiful room. I am very envious, lol.
    My room needs a bit of doing one of these days.
    I really love the map, though.

    – Melissa / http://theanxiouscanadian.com/

    • It’s beautiful, isn’t it? It just adds a lovely touch to the room

  • Milla

    I love your article. As a digital nomad I never stay more than a few months in one place and I cannot decorate my house/room because it would be a waste of time and money but you know what – I’m going to order a silk pillowcase! :)

    • This makes me SO happy to hear! Just goes to show that a digital nomad life doesn’t have to mean giving up everyday comforts :)

  • Maia

    Your bedroom looks great :)
    I have to try a few of these

  • Perla Quintas

    You have such a nice room, I can imagine how comfortable you may feel living there. I need that item for hanging up shoes too….it’s simply great.

    • It’s a shop fitting shelf! :)

  • Rebekah Hancock

    Wow, your bedroom looks great! Although I can’t stand silk, you make some good arguments for it! I’m definitely going to try a few other suggestions from this post in the future.

    • Thank you! Why don’t you like silk? If you can’t stand it, all cotton is the way to go!

  • Michaele

    Your bedroom is beautiful and it definitely looks like Pinterest/Blogger’s bedroom trust me! :) So now you’re our inspiration O:)
    http://noifjustlift.com

    • Haha that made me smile :)

  • Margot Guilbert

    I completely agree with the 100% organic bedding. I invested in linen bedding, it keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer! ;-)
    I still want to invest in a silk pillow!
    very pretty bedroom!
    xo, Margot
    http://thepastelproject.com/

    • Thank you Margot! Nothing beats falling asleep in beautiful bedding, does it?

  • Eloise Maoudj Riley

    I think we have the same taste in decor! AND I love my silk pillow cases as well, they’re the best things ever : )

    • They’re amazing, aren’t they? So good to hear someone else is on the silk pillowcase love wagon :)

  • Love your bedroom and all the little details! And love that world map <3

    x Charlotta (from out Blogger Gang IG)
    http://charlottaeve.com

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