JD’s room has long been in need of some love. We gave it a bit of a spruce a couple of years ago on a very limited budget.
But JD had outgrown that look and so when tasked by John Lewis Children’s Room Collections to transform his room, JD (6, almost 7) gave the brief that his new room be cool, bright and fun.
JD’s room is a small but not tiny 3.2m2, and the flexibility of the space is somewhat compromised by the door on the entrance wall. chimney breast and fireplace on the opposite wall, and window and radiator to the right.
The furniture selections we made for this makeover maximise on storage and comfort in a challenging space. Here’s the floorplan we did beforehand.
Next, we chose green as our restful base colour on advice from the super-knowledgable Jen at Love Chic Living and took our theme inspiration from JD’s love of dinosaurs and this concept on the John Lewis site:
Here are the results of our makeover. Completed from start to finish, including painting, ordering, delivery, furniture building and finishing touches in just four days…
And here’s a closer look at the key pieces selected for the makeover. Most are from John Lewis, with the exception of those items in italics.
- Crown Breatheasy® Matt Soft Lime Emulsion Paint (Buy) – A matt paint with lime tones. We felt it was important to have a lighter, brighter colour above the picture rail as we opted for a muted colour for the main walls.
- Crown Breatheasy Matt Flagon Emulsion Paint (Buy) – A matt paint with muted olive green tones, chosen to complement the greens in the John Lewis Dinotastic range.
- John Lewis Dexter Tall Wide Bookcase (Buy) – At just £59, this is a really affordable way to store copious toys and books. The extra deep shelves are a real winner.
- little home at John Lewis Dino Was Here Glow In The Dark Pencil Pleat Blackout Lined Curtains (Buy) – Not only are these curtains funky in day light, they take on an extra dimension at night, glowing softly.
- House by John Lewis Jasper Dining Chair, Teal (Buy) – With predominantly oak-effect furniture in this bedroom design, a flash of bright block-colour helps lift the room, making it feel brighter and more playful.
- little home at John Lewis Storage Box, Single, Oak (Buy) – A great little storage solution but also a fab alternative to a more traditional bedside unit.
- John Lewis The Basics Bryn 4 Drawer Chest, Oak (Buy) – Oak-effect to match the rest of the room and click cut out handles gives a neat look and maximises on space.
- RoomMates Repositionable Children’s Dinosaurs Wall Stickers (Buy) – These were carried over from JD’s previous room design and are realistic, offer a more mature element to the otherwise cartoon-like furnishings.
- John Lewis Loft Simple Desk, Oak (Buy) – Clean, simple and with plenty of space for study, fossil brushing and LEGO building.
- little home at John Lewis Easy-to-fit Dino Was Here Ceiling Pendant Shade (Buy) – Complete the dino themed look with this understated pendant shade.
- Tetras 3ft single black and beech bed frame (Buy) – I was worried that this item, bought before the makeover, wouldn’t fit with the rest of the room, but with it’s natural wood side panels, it blends in well.
- little home at John Lewis Dino Was Here Single Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set (Buy) – Dino themed, but not scary bedding, in friendly, colours. This set looks clean and crisp as well as fun.
- little home at John Lewis Dino Was Here Table Lamp (Buy) – Brilliant fun for a dino-mad child, this unique lamp is made from polypropylene and acts as a low nightlight.
- little home at John Lewis Dino Was Here Wall Stickers (Buy) – With a blank space to fill above the picture rail, these creatures add a little more and character to the room.
- little home at John Lewis Dino Was Here Striped Knitted Throw (Buy) – The stripes in this throw complement the tones of the rest of the John Lewis Dinotastic range.
- Frank Monster Zugs Rug (Buy) – Thick pile and a quirky design, we had this rug pre-makeover but the blue colouring and characterful graphic means it doesn’t stray too far from the main colours and theme of the room.
- Blackboard vinyl (Buy) – A large chalkboard is pricy, wherever you buy from, but a 200cmx45cm sheet of sticky back chalkboard vinyl is just £6.99 and can be cut to size and repositioned however you like.
You might also love the London Underground canvas shown on JD’s wall, but we’ve had it a long while and I’m afraid I can’t find it listed anywhere anymore. Fear not, though, there’s a similar piece available from Home Barn.
Check out my guest Board over on John Lewis’s Pinterest profile for more great ideas for the perfect dino-themed children’s bedroom.
This makeover was commissioned by John Lewis