A Grandkid’s Bedroom Makeover: Phase 1

An exciting development has happened in our family; after five long years, my mum and step dad have moved back into our family home up here in the North.

*does happy dance*

To mark moving back in, they want to really make a stamp on the property, decorating it from scratch, and they’ve asked for advice… FROM ME.

I’m so flippin’ excited.

I’m not an interior designer by trade, merely an enthusiast, so I’m flattered to be asked. But me, my mum & dad have completely different tastes when it comes to home décor so it’s certainly going to be a challenge – not to find cool ways to decorate it, but to make sure it fits their own home and style.

They tend to love what I do with my home, but because it’s a good reflection of those who live in it. In an effort to try and get an idea for her sense of taste, we’ve flicked through the catalogues and wandered around the high street. I’ve so far given her advice on how to totally redo their kitchen, and she’s actually taken it! – I can’t wait for it to be built in the next few weeks.

But one room for which I’ve been given – almost – free rein is the smallest bedroom.
Now, when I say smallest, it’s certainly not a small room. It’s going to be a space especially for the grandkids to stay over. Currently, there are three grandchildren. They arev 3 months old, 18 months old, and 4 years old – so it’ll need to be safe and cosy for each of them.

Here it is in its current state with, essentially, my brief and/or considerations.






  • The blue carpet must go and the entire room will need sprucing up in terms of re-glossing the skirting board and the artex painted ceiling. They’ve become quite dirty after many years of renting.
  • There are slopes where the ceiling meets the roof which I’ll need to get creative with. A single bed will need to go in the alcove not adjacent to the door.
  • The only window to the room is central in an alcove so I’ll probably need to think about adding additional light-sources around the corners, and consider replacing the blinds.
  • My mum has had the little chest of drawers pictured above for years and wants to put it to good use in the kids’ room. I’m thinking of painting it ombre style.
  • There are to be no characters or Disney-esque motifs.
  • Ideally, it needs to be gender neutral. Whilst all 3 grandchildren are girls, it may not be that way forever!

So that’s it so far!

I’ve been pinning like mad to get ideas as you can see below, but I’m hoping to get a moodboard done in the next week and would love your input. How would you decorate it? Personalise it? Any creative ideas for those sloped areas? Get your thinking caps on and let me know in the comments.

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  • Ceri

    Exciting! I need to follow your board for inso. I decorated a very traditional nursery for my boy, feeling like it would suit him for ages. He’s now 10 months and it is so NOT him. I feel like he needs something different. While i will keep the base decor, he needs some more vibrant accessories. Can’t wait to see what you so with this space .. #homeect

  • Caro Davies

    Ooh how EXCITING!!! It’s lovely to be given free reign on something like this!! I love the angles in the room, you could definitely make those into a feature! I painted a tree on the wall of our friend’s daughter’s bedroom about 6 or 7 years ago — in a similar slopey space. Here’s the link — http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk/decorating-a-little-girls-bedroom/ — She loved it — it felt as though she was surrounded in a little tree house! Can’t wait to see what you do! Thanks so much for linking up with us on #HomeEtc — Caro xx

  • What an exciting project!!! I think your Pinterest boards are almost identical to mine. My go to brands for children’s rooms are Ferm Living, Great Little Trading Co., and Castles for Rascals. Such cute things!! We have a sloping ceiling in our bedroom but I haven’t really done anything with it. Can’t wait to see how it ends up!! x