Welcome to the reveal of the style challenge which is essentially an IKEA challenge. In this challenge, I will design and style one room using mostly IKEA products mixed with only a few pieces that I’ll like to call them investment pieces (because they’re slightly more costly but also a lot more flexible). You can learn to create affordable and personalized rooms. And here’s how…
First and foremost, I’m using IKEA because it’s a recognizable brand associated with affordable price tags which is perfect for me to illustrate the point that you can have it all; affordable, functional and beautiful. And not only that but I’m going to show just how you can mix in a few slightly costly items and some easy DIYs for a personalized look (make your room uniquely yours). Because frankly, if you furnish your room top to bottom with only IKEA, it’s gonna look like an IKEA showroom at best and it also won’t be a challenge for me isn’t it? Ha. Ready for the reveal? If you missed part 1, click here.
Let’s start with the floor plan, everything you see on this post is also part of our E-Design service. I can plan, design and style rooms from scratch. Often times, shopping for the entire room from one store or opting for cheap furniture has becomes the excuse due to convenience and affordability. So what happens if you can pull together a beautiful design with convenience and affordability? No more excuses for not tackling that room in your home that you pass by everyday while pretending that it really isn’t there. No more.
It’s a multi-functional bedroom; so every corner has its purpose which might seems a bit tight to some people. The reading stand at the entryway is not necessary if you didn’t like how it’s protrudes 4″ (10 cm) from the wardrobe. But it’s a good area to catch all the loose items (think of it like an entryway console). I use a planter stand here, if you tried and didn’t like it there’s still a possibility of moving it to your yard or balcony as an actual planter. Ideally, if the homeowner really likes this idea, I’ll source for a better fit or recommend having it custom made (or DIY). See the inspiration board –
After receiving inspiration from the homeowner and with a mutual understanding of the final outcome, we move forward to the design; bright, fresh and clean. I personally feel that a kid’s bedroom should also appeal to adults, like you feel comfortable being there for long hours and doesn’t immediately scream “kid’s bedroom”. You can do pink and bright cheerful colors or fun wallpapers (I wanna try wallpaper for my next challenge, stay tuned!) but keep the rest classy and sophisticated so that your kid can grow up in that room (feels like he has his own personal space). And as a parent you don’t want to feel like it’s always messy or it’s a room that is disconnected from the rest of your house. See the proposed color palette –
Neutral backdrop: The room doesn’t get a ton of natural light, so a neutral paint color instead of white is the way to go. For bed sheets, I recommend doing white (because the bed frame is dark) or stripes, note this is for the bed sheets. Mid to dark grey for quilt or blanket act as a nice contrast. The backdrop is very neutral; black and white mix with grey it’s very easy to layer on colors and accessories. We want to make the backdrop as clean and crisp as possible so when you add the toys and stuff it doesn’t look messy and cluttered. If the rest of your house is in the chic and sophisticated category, bring this into your kid’s bedrooms by setting this as the base then layer on the fun stuff. :)
Accent colors: Every kid wants their favorite color, favorite stuff in their room. Here I suggest mixing yellow to warm up the cool palette. I keep the furniture finishes consistent with the choice of bedside tables and basket in natural materials in light tone to contrast from the bed with dark frame.
Arts: I found an IKEA ready to hang art with all the right colors. I highly recommend mixing it with some DIYs. Here I found a tropical wall art from etsy to illustrate the point but you can DIY something similar with blue and yellow colors.
Rug: I’m personally not a fan of the black and white stripes but regardless I present both options, one is a bigger rug and thus cost more. Both will work in this room.
DIY: An easy way to personalize affordable furniture to make it your own style is do add in your own personal touch, I mean literally. I highly recommend using spray paint on the two doors (two different colors; here I suggest a dark navy blue and the other blue that has blue and green tones (view below 3D image). Please do color testing.
Cushion: I found this perfect stripes cushion. If you want additional cushion or switching them out from time to time, I suggest looking into the Tillfälle collection. The ones with blue or black and white.
That adorable hare is still there, no worries. Ha! Plastic pull-out storage for kids doesn’t look cheap if you also use more sturdy materials such as wood.
Because this design started off an empty room, here I recommend this PAX wardrobe that are ready to buy off the shelf. IKEA offers two heights; I recommend the taller one. And I sourced some beautiful antique brass pulls on etsy to add personal touch and avoid the generic IKEA look.
There are three investment pieces for this design; the sputnik chandelier, armchair and pouf. These are items that can easily work in other rooms which makes it worthwhile to spend a bit more. The two options for the chandelier here and here.
Point of view from bedroom entryway. Use a tray to catch all the small objects similarly a basket can be used.
Bedside desk lamps perfect for reading sitting on the bed or armchair. See the mood board and links to all the items –
1. Sputnik Chandelier* // 2. Oppland Bed Frame // 3. Sandhaug Beside Table // 4. Aröd Work Lamp // 5. Luns Writing/Magnetic Board // 6. Förhöja Box Set Of 4 // 7. Bernhard Chair // 8. Hårtes LED Work Lamp // 9. Alex Desk // 10. Lantliv Plant Stand // 11. Vandring Hare Soft Toy // 12. Gäspa Quilt Cover // 13. Loma Pouf* // 14. Viktigt Basket With Handles // 15. Ristinge Rug // 16. Ruri Ash Armchair* // 17. Lattjo Stacking Game // 18. PS Cabinet
A little update from me; I’ve been busy finalizing my new home design these days, so sorry for the lack of new posts on the blog. Follow this blog or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter for any latest updates. Don’t miss out on the progress of my new home (tackling a 700 sqf. modern apartment!). Get a head start here. See you next post! :)
All words by me, images from me and credited links. This is a non-sponsored post. All items are from IKEA except marked (*) and are subject to availability by IKEA and respective seller(s). Actual price(s) may vary.