When I first moved into my house, we had to rush to get everything put together. We had one week to refurbish the new house, whist also moving all our furniture over. This didn’t give me much time to think about the most efficient way of organising my room. Or making it feel nice for that matter.
My room in the old house was quite a bit bigger than this one, that meant the furniture was also pretty big. For a long time I’ve hated the way my room looked and felt. For such a small space everything felt very bulky and cluttered. After two years of living here, I finally decided to do something about it!
Recently I’ve been obsessing over interior design videos – how to make the most of your space. My room is very small, with not much room to work with. I had to think about: What do I need in this space? and what were the biggest priorities?
Originally, when I first moved in, I had a large set of black IKEA drawers in the corner with a rail above to hang my clothes. As you can imagine this took up a lot of space, and because the furniture was also black, it made the area feel dark. (I was going through an edgy faze). So i decided to scrap the drawers and replace it with a nice white desk / getting ready area.
Your probably wondering what I did with all my clothes, and the contents of my drawers. Most my everyday clothes are in a drawer under my bed. Then in my sisters wardrobe I keep my nicer pieces in a cupboard she didn’t use. I also have become a bit more of a minimalist since then. My rule is: Haven’t used it for 6 months? Don’t need it. Apart from the odd keepsake items, this cleared A LOT of room.
This desk and set of drawers was one of the best decisions I made. It gave me an area to get ready, but also a nice desk space to work on. Rather than sitting on the floor to do my makeup and crippling my back. It also meant I could stop being lazy and actually move out of bed to do some work.
I decorated the area with a nice light up mirror, plants and my mood board to give it a mixture of an office feeling and beauty area. Which surprisingly actually looks really nice together.
Once I had created this area, it inspired me to do more with the rest of my room. I would look at this desk area and love it – feeling open and bright, then looking at the rest of my room, it still felt dark and small. It was time to do some more work on my room!
I moved onto my bed area, this was the place I was most unhappy with. The picture I originally had of Brookyln Bridge covered my entire wall. Although it was cool and gave the illusion of a longer room (bridge that went off into the distance) it was a dark picture, mostly grey and blue tones. It was time to finally scrap the big photo and brighten up this area!
What would make this area look cosy and light? Many questions went through my mind on how to make the most of this space. After a while of thinking, an idea finally arose. I decided to give the wall a new splash of colour, and I went with a light pale pink. Yes pink. If you had told me two years ago I would be painting my wall pink today, I would have never believed you.
This was an amazing decision in my eyes, I’m absolutely in love with how bright it makes my room, whist adding that touch of feminine look. Once I did this, it made it clear I needed to remove as much black as possible from this area.
My bed, shelves and television are all black (again, when I bought them I was edgy af). I didn’t want to buy a whole new bed as that is expensive. So, I decided to remove the headboard to my bed and this really opened up the area – making the black less noticeable.
I also removed my big bulky TV and shelves. For now, until I can get a new television, I thought it would be better without. I don’t use it much anyway and in the future I can get something better which seamlessly blends into my room – on the opposite wall. I think having my bed up against this wall gave me more space to work with and create something I am finally happy with.
To be continued…