Bold & Bright Toddler Bedroom MAKEOVER

BRIGHT TODDLER BEDROOM MAKEOVERTowards the end of last year, we moved Luna from her box room nursery into a bigger bedroom. As a budding gymnast already at the age of 2, it had got to the point where she could escape her teeny room and it was clear she needed more space as she was growing.

(By the way, I’m still SO proud of what we achieved with her nursery which was teeny! You can view what it looked like here.)

Her new room used to be a guest bedroom and office. It wasn’t anything special but everything that was in there has had to find a new home or be sold. We’ve tried to keep the costs down, so re-used her furniture from the nursery and kept the walls the same gorgeous green.

Would you like to see what it looks like now? Be warned, it’s SUPER colourful…

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

BAM! How amazing is this space? I know I’m biased but c’mon – colour blocking realness right there. Let’s take a closer look.

For the eagle-eyed among you, it might be like playing a game called “Let’s see how much IKEA stuff we can fit into one corner”. I didn’t really realise just how much of the Swedish faves we had in the room until I started photographing the room.

This is Luna’s reading corner. Her bedtime routine relies heavily on some quiet time, so we got rid of the nursery-favourite single chair, and replaced it with a 2-seater KNOPPARP couch (£30 down from £79 in the January sale). It’s perfect for a story with mummy and daddy. It’s an incredibly soft polyester wadding cover, which can be removed and washed making it perfect for kids. And as it’s a rule that I can’t go into Ikea, Primark or H&M without buying a new wacky cushion, you’ll note a bunch of them dotted around, with the rest stored in this gorgeous duffle bag from the brand new SPRIDD collection.

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Speaking of the SPRIDD collection, this is a brand new collaboration between IKEA and designer Kit Neale and it was love at first sight. The range is meant to focus on fun and youth so of course I’m going to use it. (Cue bad joke about not being so young anymore)

Also from the range is the huge wall art (only £3.50) which is hung with washi tape and reflects beautifully from her monster mirror (Zara sale for £7 down from £15), the oversized cushion by Luna’s bookshelf, and the rug under the couch. It reminds me so much of a Dr. Seuss image, which is pretty apt as her collection sits just above.

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

(Tip: Hide spare nappies and wipes with snake cushions. Thank me later)

If you wanna see more of the new range, I made a video featuring it below!

 

And if you’ve noticed that little cloud above the couch, it’s a light! Also IKEA although not from the SPRIDD collection and it was only £4.5o. It adds a soft glow, perfect for the bedtime wind down.

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

On the other side of the room we have Luna’s bed, tucked away perfectly in the alcove. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture that she’s had from birth. We want to try and make it into a proper toddler bed soon by removing the sides but as she can – and will – climb furniture I’m not sure it’s good idea just yet… (For other mums who have toddlers who want to be monkeys, please send help.) The bedding we got for TWO POUNDS, marked down from £30 in the M&S sale. I love the way it clashes with the wall mural in just the right amount without looking odd. (By the way, I did a full post on how to hang a wall mural if you’d like to see more of that epic 80s-inspired wall.) The polar bear rug is SO soft and is the loveliest thing to wiggle your toes into first thing in the morning. I love that it’s got a huge teddy bear head that pops up out of the ground and if you’re sat in the reading corner, it’s like having an audience for storytime.

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

I love that you can see the reading corner through the full length mirror next to the cot bed. Colour EVERYWHERE.

As for the other little details dotted around the room, I’ve used this dollhouse shelf (Ikea again!) and used leftover tester chalk paints to add a geometric pattern to it. Just in case we didn’t have quite enough pattern in this room yet! (I featured this in my post about the best brands to use for painting furniture). I’ve filled it with books and special trinkets that we want to keep safe. Underneath, I’ve added a little rail (Ikea but from the kitchen section for £2.50) to use as a clothes rail to help display Luna’s special outfits. She’s becoming more independent and wanting to pick out her daily outfits so we’re starting to use this as a way for her to visualise her decisions.

We’ve also hung some of her personalised art including a stitched “Luna” and a pegboard where she can proudly hang her daily paintings from nursery. Every wall is filled which is understandably not to everyone’s taste but it’s a real celebration of Luna through and through -bursting at the seams with energy and joy.

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Colourful Toddler Bedroom Makeover

Should we take a sneaky peak at what it USED to look like? Doesn’t it look a million times better now? We sure think so. I’d absolutely love to hear what you think in the comments, and if there is anything I’ve not included in the Source List below, please feel free to ask 🙂Proud Peacock bedroom and office

Source List:

  • Paint Colour: Dulux Proud Peacock
  • Cot bed & matching dresser: John Lewis Stockholm Set (Discontinued but this set by Boori is identical)
  • Geometric Bedding: Marks and Spencer
  • 80’s Memphis Wall Mural: Murals Wallpaper
  • Rabbit Head Mount: Libby Bower Gifts
  • Polar Bear Rug: Vertbaudet
  • Pink polka dot curtains: Asda George
  • Knopparp 2 seater sofa: IKEA
  • Monster mirror: Zara Home
  • Wall Art: IKEA SPRIDD
  • ‘Dr Seuss’ colourful rug: IKEA SPRIDD
  • Pink duffle bag: IKEA SPRIDD
  • Cloud light – IKEA
  • Armadillo pendant light – Iconic Lights
  • Full length wall mirror – IKEA
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  • what a cool collection!!!! Love the video too.

    • Thanks Hannah! & thanks for watching. Still learning on the vid front but trying to have fun with it 🙂

  • Rachel Newcombe

    Very nicely put together and gorgeously bright and colourful!

  • Old Fashioned Susie

    Still in love with that mural- am feeling you should incorporate it into your branding somehow- its just so you!

    • Me too! What a brilliant idea Sus! I do feel a rebrand is due. HELP! xx

  • Polkadot Pink

    I always feel so inspired when I read your interior posts. The SPRIDD collection fits in perfectly and I can’t believe that bedding was £2! A beautiful room, Luna is so lucky!

    • Aw thank you so much lovely! Really nice of you to say 🙂 OH tell me about the bedding, I got to the till and thought they’d made a mistake. Best bargain of the year so far! x

  • Karen Barlow

    This looks amazing Karen, what a lucky girl Luna is to have such a clever mummy. It’s so refreshing to see a little girls room in other colours than pink, such a cool room! 🙂

    • Aw thank you Karen. I totally agree! We did her nursery a blue colour and got quite a bit of backlash when people found it was for a girl. I just don’t get the stereotype thing at all! x

  • Ah this is so cute and colourful! I love the geometric bedspread and the video was ace! x

    • Thanks Cate! Still getting used to the video biz but hey, it’s all a learning curve and it’s fun! x

  • Stephanie

    I love all the colours, I am sure she loves it loads! I would have loved a room like that when mine was little.

    • Thank you! She really does love it 🙂

  • I love the colours! That caterpillar is dead cute 🙂 The layout and finishing touches are amazing. I am sure she loves it 🙂

    • Thanks! She really does love it. And that reminds me, I didn’t include where the caterpillar was from. Toys R Us 🙂

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Wow this is awesome – I would happily have this as my bedroom. I love the catapillar especially.

  • Ok is it wrong that at 37 I totally have ALL THE BEDROOM ENVY? It looks amazing and I adore all the colours – exactly as it should be X #HomeEtc

    • haha not at all! I kinda wish it was still essential to sleep in the same room so I could snuggle up to that catepillar with a legit reasoning haha Thanks for commenting hun x

  • It looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! I want to move in — that mural was bloody inspired Karen. Just fabulous. Luna is one lucky girl to have such a cool room. SO nice not to see even ONE princess. I’m virtually high-fiving you on that!! Cxx #HomeEtc

  • Love all the colour – what an inspiring space for her. Love the floor too #bloggershomes