We’ve had a very busy summer in Ebbsfleet Garden City, with lots of time spent exploring our local area as a family, but also enjoying life together at home. I’ve made the most of being home-based with a few more interior projects on the go. Due to the Covid-19 situation we obviously haven’t had any guests staying at our house for months, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give our Guest Bedroom a fun refresh, ready for when we are allowed to have visitors again! In this blog post I am going to take you through the entire process – from my initial design, furniture choices and how I created this gorgeous feature panelled wall.

Our Finished Guest Bedroom

Our Finished Guest Bedroom

When we moved into our house the Guest Bedroom was the first room we wallpapered, 6 months after completion. Advice is usually to wait 6 months to 1 year for the house to settle, so you can see any cracks before covering them up. Our house seems to have settled quite well, and two years down the line we haven’t had any cracks that are wide enough to need more than a lick of paint (general tip is they need filling if you can fit a pound coin inside them). While I did love the Birch Tree feature wallpaper we had put up in the Guest Bedroom, the furniture and décor felt a bit disjointed and not 100% my personal style, as we just put in leftover pieces to fill the room, without properly designing the space.

Our Finished Guest BedroomOur Finished Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom – Before and Preparing for Makeover

I always say that the first thing to look at when designing a room is STORAGE! When we bought our house we only had one fitted wardrobe put in (this went in the Master Bedroom), to save costs. However, I have quite a lot of clothes and my 6ft6 husband’s clothes take up a lot of room, so we really wanted extra hanging space for coats and suits. We decided to put in a large wardrobe that would give a ‘built-in’ look, for a fraction of the cost. I was looking at the Ikea Pax wardrobes, but then found an online company called Arthauss Furniture that had a huge range of wardrobe styles at really reasonable prices. We chose the Arti-5, which had two sliding doors and three internal sections (two hanging, one column of shelving), two upper shelves and two large bottom drawers, as well as LED lighting – for under £500! The wardrobe was 200cm wide to fit perfectly next to our LG Styler, giving a sleek and space-saving storage wall.

Our Finished Guest BedroomOur Finished Guest Bedroom

Sort your Storage

Our Guest Bedroom is a rectangle shape, so long and thin. There isn’t much space for lots of furniture, so I knew I wanted to make the bed a real feature of the room. I also knew we had to get a storage bed, to keep all of our spare bedding, duvets etc. I was looking at a few options before coming across the Amalfi Luxe in Peacock from Danetti. The bed has a stunning velvet headboard that I knew would look amazing across the back wall of the room. The deep Teal colour then became my inspiration for the rest of the room décor and my Design Board. I love creating Design Boards to help me visualise what all the colours and textures will look like against each other, as well as to help me decide on wall finishings.

Our Finished Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Design Board

To balance off the bold colour of the bed, I kept the wall colour neutral, tying it in with our soft grey carpet. Valspar’s Modern Grey is the perfect neutral grey – not too blue or too brown, it has a milky tone that complements any colour scheme.

Our Finished Guest Bedroom

Testing Paint Samples

When planning this makeover, I was torn between replacing the wallpaper with another patterned paper, or just removing it entirely and painting all the walls the same colour. However, while working in the lounge on our Home Cinema panelling, I had an idea for a similar vertical panelled wall, but one that would incorporate a geometric design with angled cuts and different heights of strip wood coming from above and below. This would go around the headboard, framing the bed. This idea was in my head for a while, and I just couldn’t properly visualise what it would look like – or articulate it to my husband, who was incredibly worried that I had finally gone bonkers in my love of unique panelling! I sat down to roughly sketched out the idea with measurements, and instantly knew it would work!

Our Finished Guest Bedroom

In order to create the panelled wall, I used Pine Stripwood from B&Q that was 15 x 36 x 240mm and fixed it to the wall using UniBond No Nails glue. In some places where the wall wasn’t completely flat I had to hammer a couple nails in as well, to make sure the wood was flush against the wall while the glue dried. My process for planning what pieces of wood to cut and what sizes was entirely random – I just cut the pieces in different sizes, making some of them 45degree cuts to give a diagonal edge, then retrospectively arranged them on the wall depending on what I thought looked best as the pattern developed.

Our Finished Guest Bedroom

Once the panelling was up, I then used caulk to tidy up the edges and hand painted over with the same paint as I had painted the wall. Using caulk is a great way to give a really professional finish to your panelling, especially if your walls are a bit wonky and the wood isn’t completely flat against them. It also helps to tidy up the edge between the top of the wood and your ceiling to remove any shadows, as well as stopping dust collecting.

Before caulking                                                                                                                                                           After caulking

It took my husband and a friend four hours to build the wardrobe, me about two days to paint the bedroom, another two days to do the panelling and us both a couple hours to build the bed together. The finished result was a beautiful, modern bedroom with plenty of storage and a bespoke panelled feature wall. I absolutely love our new Guest Room, and can’t wait to be able to have friends and family to stay in it. Until then, I’m using it as my dressing room!