At the end of October I shared with you my Room revamp ideas for the box Bedroom which is my sons room. Chester is a 9 year old boy who has Autism with sensory and sleep issues so this room had to deliver in so many aspects. It’s not a room that particularly filled me with joy.
Let’s dive in…. or should I say squeeze as it is the box room after all.
Working with What You’ve Got.
When we moved into our home this room already had fitted wardrobes, I’m not going to lie these aren’t the most attractive thing in the room but my gosh they are handy. They store away so many toys and items we wanted to clear out of the room to keep it a calm and a comfortable space for Chester. Keeping this room clutter free was high up on the list mainly because of the lack of space.
Chester was very much a part of the process in choosing the colours and design of his room. He has high anxiety so change can be a real problem, taking that into consideration we let him be part of the revamp to keep his anxiety to a minimum.
Wallpaper and Paint.
This room is ridiculously small we wanted to keep it light but with an element of fun also reducing visual stimulation. The wallpaper we chose was the alphabet wallpaper from Wild Hearts Wonder it was a “yes” from Chester as soon as we went through the samples with him. The thing I like about this wallpaper is it’s an ageless design and I feel it would work well from nursery age and take a child through many years. When choosing items for Chester I don’t necessarily think about his age I think about what brings him joy. Even though the pattern is strong on this wallpaper it’s not loud and vibrant so it works well in a small space. We also painted two of the walls in dulux white mist which has a slight blue/grey undertone, this blends well with the wallpaper and breaks up the pattern to reduce visual stimulation.
Team No Sleep.
Let’s talk SLEEP….. Now Sleep has always been a real issues ever since Chester was born and it’s not something he particularly likes to do. Chester coslept for years so getting him into his own room was a big deal for us. We upgraded the bed to a mini double, I know this really doesn’t make much sense when the room is so small but we are thinking about Chester having as much space to move around and be comfortable. Whilst I’m drawing your attention to the bed can we just say HELLO to the oh so gorgeous bedding from the Christys Junior range. The speckles jersey range has to be the softest bedding I’ve ever felt it’s like sleeping in your softest t-shirt and the Cosmo throw not only is super soft it’s fun and stylish. We had a new black out blind made to measure by make my blind, i colour matched the blind colour to the Cosmo throw. I’ve always found made to measure blinds a bit pricey but I was completely blown away with how affordable there blinds are. The blind was easy to fit and does exactly what it says, it blocks out all the light. I would certainly Use make my blind in the future.
Thinking Outside The Box With Storage.
I mentioned that we wanted to keep this room clutter free so a selection of Chester’s books have been moved up on to the wall bookshelf, I love how this not only organises the books but also makes a feature of the beautiful illustrations. A room revamp isn’t a revamp without a Homesense find. I needed something large to store Chester’s toy figures in, the only requirement was NO PLASTIC TUBS!!!!!! This vintage style wooden box is exactly what I was looking for and sits happy in the corner of the room.
So there we have it, what do you think? There is still a few items we would like for this room, a funky headboard is for sure on the list. My eldest is very much green with envy that her little brother has had a his room done before her. Only my daughter would have already produced a handful of mood boards in preparation!
I would like to take the opertunity to say a huge thank you to the companies who helped me to bring the room revamp to life.