I love an interiors challenge, particularly one which takes me out of my comfort zone. A quick glance around my home will tell you that I have a penchant for white walls, lots of blue - with the odd splash of flamingo pink or burnt orange, and walnut wood. It's what I (we) like ... in pretty much every room. Yes, I'm nothing if but consistent.
When Bensons for Beds asked me to freshen up my bedroom using one of 2017's hottest interior trends, I checked the list and couldn't see white/blue/walnut on there. The horror! But then pastels caught my eye. Like many others out there, I've fallen head over heels for millennial pink and thought it would be a good way to sneak a few pretty pieces in to my home.
Having spent the past week or two creating my pastel paradise, here are my top tips for how to recreate the look in your own home. And you can see all of the tips, trends and bedroom decorating ideas over the on the Bensons for Beds blog.
1. Shop your own home
Whenever you're thinking of revamping or refreshing your decor, or thinking about introducing a new trend in to one of your rooms, my first and top tip is to shop your own home. Grab a bag or basket, walk around, and see if you spot anything that would work with your new theme in mind. Simply switching a forgotten-about item to a different room can give it a new lease of life ... both the item and the room.
Despite being convinced that we owned very little in the ways of pastels, I found a mint bedspread (I found two, actually ... the one in these photos which we use quite often, and a second that we shipped back from Switzerland with us and I'd forgotten about for three years) and vase, a blush pink mug, and a couple of candlesticks. Just enough to get me started in creating my pastel-themed bedroom.
2. Scour charity shops / second-hand shops / flea markets / car boot sales
Trends come and go, and if you're prone to changing your mind when something shiny and new appears on the market, you'll probably want to keep your makeover as low cost as possible. Scour charity shops, second hand shops, flea markets and car boot sales for bargain buys. I spotted the gorgeous floral cushion in a second-hand shop in a nearby town and picked it up for a snip. My pastel-themed bedroom would be far less exciting without it.
In the same shop, I also found these four pretty drawer knobs. They were just a couple of pounds each and really make a difference to an otherwise bland chest of drawers. A room refresh doesn't have to be about the big things ... small details can have a huge impact.
3. Check out online auction sites
The same applies for online auction sites. There are huge bargains to be found. I have no idea why lab supplies appeared in my 'suggested products' but when these plastic test tubes popped up, I knew they'd make the perfect vases for single stems. Using double sided tape and pastel twine, I hung one from a small command hook above the bed and it looks so nice. It's a really easy but effective way of adding colour and greenery to a room ... and command hooks peel off the wall without damaging the paint or paper so you can take it down just as easily.
Have a piece of furniture or container gathering dust and not being used or loved as it should? Upcycle it! To fit in with the pastel theme, I added pale lilac furniture paint to the top of a side table to transform it in to the perfectly pastel bedside table. And I also painted the bottom of an old basket to give it a new lease of life. They look like they were meant to be together!
5. Customise / create
Sometimes, you just need a little bit of imagination ... along with a tiny bit of skill. I bought a length of floral patterned paper from a charity shop to put in a small frame. I had enough left to do something else with it but didn't want to repeat the same idea again. So, I used the remainder to cover an old magazine.
Wallpaper, wrapping paper and even pretty pages from books look wonderful framed ... and are a brilliantly cost effective way of adding colour and pattern to a shelf, table top, chest of drawers or room.
6. Add something living
Plants, flowers, both even, can make such a difference to a room. Pick colours that coordinate with your theme, or pop them in complementary vases. They are the BEST finishing touch. And you don't need to spend a fortune to create a really lovely display. It took five stems to make these three jam jar posies, with enough left to pop in the test tube and small jar on the shelf.
Those are my top tips for giving your bedroom a mini makeover with pretty pastels. What do you think? Is millennial pink for you? Will lilac be making its way in to your home? Or what about a beautiful pale blue? Let me know in the comments!
This post was written in collaboration with Bensons for Beds.