Just like buses, you wait for ages, in the rain, getting puddle mud on the back of your skinny jeans, standing with damp denim stuck to your leg… then three of the double-decker blighters come all at once.
My third final reveal post in as many weeks. That’s got to be some kind of record. The Monochrome Family Bathroom, then the Aquamarine Guest Bedroom and now the Copper Bedroom. That’s how it goes sometimes. Co-ordinating several projects at the same time can be a bit of a nightmare. But then you get a triple whammy of interior eye candy to gorge on.
Today’s it’s the Copper Bedroom. The bedroom on the 2nd floor of the Edwardian property i’ve been working in for nearly the last two years now. Blimey! You can catch up with all the befores for this latest project, here and here.
Drawing Room | Upper Brook St
These are the two rooms that sit directly beneath the Copper Bedroom. On the ground floor it’s the Drawing Room and the floor above it’s the Upper Brook St Guest Bedroom which originally would have been the master bedroom. As you can see these guys aren’t afraid of bold design.
The brief for this second floor guest bedroom was:
- Deal with the low light levels
- Find a way of disguising the mix of eaves, angles, and sloped sections of ceiling
- Use an existing bedroom suite, the Landsdowne bed and bedsides from MADE
- Provide space for guests to hang clothes
- Include a dressing table and armchair
- Future proof the room so it can evolve over time. At some point it may need to house a wardrobe and chest of drawers for when it becomes a children’s bedroom.
As ever with these guys, I sort the design and with a bit of advice they get on and do 90% of the work themselves in order to save money. It’s certainly not cheap renovating a five bedroom, period property.
And what should have been a quick redecorate, ended up being a complete re-wire, the rebuilding of a wall, re-plumbing and re-plastering…. The remaining budget for the actual interior after all of the groundwork was done, was getting tight, so we made clever design choices to pack as much punch as possible with minimum outlay.
Finally, after several more months than originally anticipated, the Copper Bedroom is finally done. So here goes…
We’re all so pleased with how it’s turned out. Ask anyone else to paint their entire room in Abigail Ahern’s ‘Madison Grey’ and they’d need to be hitting the Sambuca to gather the courage. But these guys just got on with it and embraced the change. They’ve come such an enormously long way since I first met them. I remember having to work quite hard to convince them to wallpaper all four walls in the Drawing Room, but now there’s no stopping ’em. Brilliant!
So what changes did we make for this room then?
The entrance door needed rehanging so it opened away from the bed, which then meant the light switch needed repositioning on the opposite wall, along with new sockets throughout.
The 100+ year old floorboards were in pretty good nick for their age, so again to save money, they were painted the same colour as the walls.
The smallest (and strangest) cupboard in the world was ripped out and the radiator re-plumbed across to the right to allow a wardrobe to stand against this wall in the future.
But for now it has a walnut and black hanging rail from La Redoute. Cue controversial cries from hanging rail haters. Man, some people on Houzz were horrified to see one in the Upper Brook St bedroom. Pretty funny.
The Bubble Chandelier from Dowsing & Reynolds really does look stunning against the 360 degree darknesss. When you crop the ceiling rose out, it actually looks like a glass cloud just floating in space. It is super beautiful.
I asked D&R to fit a copper ceiling rose and bulb holders onto this one for us, adding a little flash of colour up high. They do that you know, all you need to do is email ’em and ask.
I really can’t continue talking about the Copper Bedroom without mentioning the Copper Effect paint from Craig & Rose. For about £20 and a few hour’s work, the room has a real focal point. That strange brick fireplace that was there previously, really wasn’t cutting it.
So it was removed to reveal an original Edwardian tiled hearth, which just happened to have a perfectly matched rusty orange colour weaved throughout the border.
Meant to be
As well as revealing these beautiful tiles, a reclaimed cast iron fire surround was sourced and fitted too which is much more in keeping with the period of the property don’t cha think?
The copper effect paint was also used on the adjacent wall to create a dramatic, feature headboard wall behind the bed.
This is where these guys got jiggy with the Copper Patina solution. Admittedly, they used a little more than I had imagined, but they both really liked the effect, so we compromised. I painted over about a third of the patina with copper again, and left them with two thirds patina.
The end result looked very Japanese-esque, to me anyway. Weeping Willow anyone? Obviously I left the design so it ran from left, to right, because that’s the law. If you have no idea what i’m talking about here, you must read this.
The Madmen Soho Copper rug just added enough colour and detail to the floor, with metallic, coppery flecks running throughout the flat weave. It’s very cool.
In either alcove, there was yet more rusty orange accents in the form of the Seattle armchair….
…and the Alana Copper Dressing Table, both from MADE. The Alana dressing table was a bit less coppery than we had imagined, so we’re currently awaiting a replacement for that.
Lulea Copper Stool from Maisons du Monde
Copper Bulldog Clips from Sainsburys & Copper Lamp – homeowner’s own
So there you have it. The Copper Guest Bedroom is now complete. The magic of bold colour choices and statement lighting was the key for this room. If you have a room where you need to make an impact but don’t have the budget for fancy wallpaper, expensive new furniture, then push yourself with your paint choice. Don’t just go for a feature wall, get the whole lot done. It doesn’t need to be dark. A colour wash would work in any colour you like. Just go for it. It really is the most cost effective way to transform a room. And don’t forget the lighting centrepiece.
Would love to hear your thoughts on today’s final reveal. I already know it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, going this dark, but for these guys I think we nailed the brief.
Before | After