We were tasked with the concept of pulling together a country cottage style bedroom full of wildflowers and natural touches for a child who wanted to bring the outdoors in. Have a read to discover how we created the look…
Deep blue bedroom furniture may not be the most obvious choice when it comes to creating a cosy country styled bedroom for a girls’ bedroom, but when we were asked to design a bedroom that combined the trend for dark painted furniture and pretty wildflowers, we jumped at the challenge!
Colour pairing heaven
First of all we approached stylist Fi Campos to create a mood board for us to inspire our bedroom, with colour palette and prop ideas. We selected warm, terracotta pinks, soft mauves and delicate fudge toned neutrals to strike a balance with the beautiful bold hue of our Fargo bedroom collection in Painswick Blue.
The wallpaper is a design by Albany, from Wallpaper Direct, and depicts wildflowers in a regimented repeat print, almost as though they’ve been pinned to the wall in rows. We adore the rustic appeal of the photographic flowers, yet the very traditional approach of repeating in neat rows, and used the design as the basis for inspiring our accessories selection. By papering just the top third of the wall, it prevented the bedroom from looking too busy, and pairing the wallpaper with a solid paint colour helped to anchor the room to the floor.
Pottering with paint
To contrast with the deep blue of the Fargo bedroom furniture and bed, we mixed our own soft brown hue, which tied in with a highlight colour within the wallpaper design. We continued this colour onto the bedroom door as well.
Calming country cottage
Because we wanted a cottage vibe, we decided to strip back the flooring and have a hardwood shiplap floor that we painted white for brightness. A cosy pink rug with a subtle Berber design added that sense of trend that we were seeking.
Other ways in which we included instant pops of current style trends were through the use of Lloyd Loom wicker chairs and also a rattan magazine rack which doubled up as a bedside table for books and nick-nacks.
We created a crafting space with the Fargo study desk and chair, and added kilner jars, haberdashery items and paint brushes ready for the little mini maker to test out! Adding a few vintage inspired floral and crafty postcards to the wall enabled us to zone the hobby space well away from the sleeping area of the room.
Telling the tales of time
Vintage and worn photo frames added a timeworn aesthetic, and using vintage and handmade bottles as well as a metal pitcher to house dried flowers helped pull in the wildflower feeling. We selected a few deep indigo/violet blooms to pull the colour of the furniture up to eye level too.
Other ways in which we enhanced the floral prettiness, was through the introduction of this gorgeous wildflower bedding, with soft pink chequered picnic style blanket. We grounded the pinks by adding small scatter cushions with tassels for a relaxed, Scandi feel.
This design challenge was a great one to show just how soft and dreamy deep blue children's beds and furniture can look when paired with the perfect hues!