Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER

It’s finally time to reveal the results of our bedroom makeover. Neglected and in need of a little love, for a while it was a dumping ground while we did up downstairs. We got the things we really needed in – new windows and clean, new carpet – but came to a pause after the builders had left and the chaos of renovating had settled. Before long we were fed up with the luminous, bright blue ‘feature wall’ and the curtains temporarily tacked up with nails. With a fresh lick of paint and new furniture from West Elm, our blush pink, mid-century inspired bedroom has taken shape, transforming what was a cold, bare space into a welcoming, relaxing room. Now, the bedroom is a calm sanctuary to escape to and unwind, its soft textures appealing to the senses and its feminine hues bringing about an element of serenity.

Before

So let’s remind ourselves of the before (you can see the full before post and my initial ideas for the space here). When we first moved in, the wood floors were stained a bright orange-brown, the windows were cheap PVC, and there was that blue wall staring us in the face… It felt like an uninviting space, lacking any sense of soul or feeling of homeliness.

BEFORE: Bright blue feature wall and cold white walls
BEFORE: Bright blue feature wall and cold white walls

We really wanted to bring back a bit of the period charm and character of the house, so straight away replaced the windows with proper wooden sash ones. The road outside is really noisy with traffic (I remember the first night in the new house we couldn’t sleep, we looked at each other and thought what have we done!!) but these windows are specifically designed to block out sounds – the difference is amazing.

And now…

We carpeted the floors in deep dark grey, and straight away the bedroom started to feel warmer and cosier. The walls were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Peignoir, a lovely grey-pink that has a grown-up feel to it and isn’t too girly pink. The woodwork is a subtle light grey called Ammonite, also by Farrow & Ball. We pulled off the tacked-on curtains et voila, the room felt so much lighter and airier.

Inspired by chiffon night gowns, Peignoir is the perfect colour for a bedroom I think – it’s delicate and neutral but adds just the right amount of colour to stop the space looking too dull and ordinary. It’s an uplifting colour that instantly calms, ideal for creating a restful retreat.

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
BEFORE + AFTER: from uninspiring to a light, calm space
The furniture

The West Elm mid-century bed with its streamlined headboard and gently tapered legs is simple yet nods to Scandinavian modernism. We positioned it opposite the windows so when you’re lying in bed you can see the rooftops and trees outside. We look opposite to a road rather than a terrace directly across from us so when you’re on the bed and look out it’s almost like there’s no other buildings around us at all. The door opens into the room as well so it provides a little nook for the bed behind it and a sense of privacy when you’re walking in.

White mid-century-style bedside tables prevent the dark wood of the bed looking too heavy or traditional, while a textured rug softens the look. The tapered legs give the bedside tables a retro vibe and drawers help all the clutter than inevitably collects either side of the bed. The two alcoves either side of the chimney breast provide space for much-needed storage and a little dressing table next to the window. I love how, despite the fact all the furniture is new, it looks like it’s an eclectic mix of old and new.

(all the sources and links for the items can be found at the bottom of the post)

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Now the bedroom is a welcome retreat to escape to, with mid-century touches nodding to Scandinavian modernism
Thank you to my collaborators West Elm and Farrow & Ball for supporting this project and making it possible
Clean lines are complemented by soft textures
Thank you to my collaborators West Elm and Farrow & Ball for supporting this project and making it possible
Farrow & Ball’s Peignoir on the walls give the bedroom a feeling of serenity
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
A light pink theme runs through the space
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
MENU’s Bollard Versatile lamps are hooked on to the wall either side of the bed
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Grey and pink, the perfect colour combination
The finishing touches and details

I really wanted texture to be a big theme, I think especially in a bedroom where you want to create a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. I love the natural crumpled look and feel of flax linen, and paired with these light pink, silk and cotton blend cushions from West Elm, makes for a very welcoming bed. Each cushion cover is hand spun, dyed and loomed by the skilled artisans at Eco Tasar, a silk workshop and social enterprise in rural India. I would usually go for matching pillowcases and duvet but a slightly darker charcoal pillowcase just sets off the pink nicely.

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Soft, natural textures appeal to the senses

A speckled black and white West Elm Dhurrie rug feels soft underfoot, while the mélange-like colours stop everything in the room looking too grey and dingy. I love the shaggy tassels too.

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
A simple chest of drawers fits into the alcove and provides a surface to display objects
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Light pink cushions tie the scheme together with the Peignoir walls
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Natural elements soften edges

Little touches of pink, like this Cooee vase, and natural elements bring the scheme together. I like to think this is a grown-up take on pink, without being too sickly pretty pink! The tall vase is West Elm.

By the bed, I bought these MENU Bollard lamps from Clippings.com. The light grey matches the Ammonite of the woodwork and door. They’re so versatile, they can either be strung up on the little hooks (bought from a local utility store), tilted to direct to light onto the bed for reading or placed upright or on their side on a flat surface like the bedside tables. Very clever indeed.

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
White bedside tables prevent the mid-century bed looking too heavy and dark in the space

I love the colour combination of the grey and the pink with the rich dark wood and little touches of greenery. A Beni Ourain berber rug is nice and shaggy, providing a bit of luxury when you step out of bed.

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Grey bed linen ties in with the grey Ammonite woodwork
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
The MENU lights can be tilted in different directions or positioned to stand up on the bedside table too
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Once you try West Elm’s soft linen, you’ll never go back to cotton
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Natural textures and materials give a warm, cosy feel
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Elements of greenery brighten up the space
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
The furniture fits neatly into the space

This corner is my favourite in the room. West Elm’s Penelope desk fits the alcove perfectly. It has a stunning marble top and is perfect for getting ready in the morning; I used to have all my makeup just in a makeup bag, now it’s laid out neatly in the drawer. I love to sit here with my morning coffee and look out of the window watching the world go by.

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
BEFORE + AFTER: a light corner by the window provides the perfect spot for a dressing table/small desk
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
The paper lampshade from IKEA appears like a fluffy cloud
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
A quiet corner to get ready in the mornings
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Postcards provide an easy, affordable piece of art
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Cushions provide plenty of comfy spots
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
One Must Dash’s floral print is a delicate addition to the room
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Little details

The mirror, from Cloudberry Living, is one of my best buys. I had been using a cracked hand-held mirror and been lusting after this simple Normann Copenhagen design for ages, so when I knew I was getting a dressing table I thought it would be the perfect accessory. I love that it has a dish shaped bottom so you can tidy away lotions and potions while still having them close to hand.

The lovely delicate print is from One Must Dash. I’m so picky when it comes to artwork and always like to wait to find the right thing, but this is a beauty that fits with the room’s calm look and feel. Slowly I’ll fill some of the other walls, but for now I’m enjoying the expanses of beautiful Peignoir colour.

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
The marble topped dressing tables is a little element of luxury in the otherwise neutral scheme
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Normann Copenhagen’s minimal table mirror
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Light floods in through the sash windows. Minimal white blinds create an unfussy finish

A little mid-century bench fits between the windows. Eventually I’ll find something to put on the space above it. I love how the huge windows bring in lots of natural light; we have black out blinds (IKEA) but they’re really discreet, you would hardly know they’re there at all, allowing every scrap of light to come in. The paper cloud ceiling light from IKEA adds a playful accent to the room (it was only £9!).

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
I would love to get rid of the grate there, so just ignore that bit!
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Soft pink – a new take on my favourite shades of grey
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
The room is now a lovely space to relax
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Always books, everywhere
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
Bunches of eucalyptus smell divine next to the bed

So there we are, my blush pink bedroom makeover. What a difference. I am so happy with the results, it is now such a lovely space to be in; as soon as you walk through the door and step into the room, you instantly feel calmed. The colour bounces the light around and creates such a Zen feeling. I just love spending time in here now, but between that and the living room, I can never decide which one to pick for the evening!

You might notice that the camera is focused in one direction, because behind the camera (to the right of the door when you walk in) is a pile of mess where we don’t have a wardrobe yet! I hope to show you that side soon. For now, I’m going to enjoy taking it easy after the hard work, relaxing on the bed looking out at the treetops and taking a quiet moment to appreciate my new-look surroundings.

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
BEFORE + AFTER: dark and dull to light and airy
Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture
And there it is, my blush pink bedroom reveal!

Thank you to my collaborators West Elm and Farrow & Ball for supporting this project and making it possible.

Source list (* indicates where item was gifted or I received a discount):

Paint, Peignoir walls and Ammonite woodwork, Farrow & Ball*
Carpet, Tapi Carpets & Floors
Soundproof sash windows, Hugo Carter*
KRUSNING ceiling pendant, IKEA
Mid-Century bed, West Elm*
Mid-Century bedside tables, West Elm*
MALM chest of drawers, IKEA
Porcini lamp, Habitat
Bedside pendants, Bollard Versatile Lamp, MENU, from IKEA*
Dressing table, Penelope mini desk, West Elm*
Mid-Century stool, West Elm*
Tufted dining bench, West Elm*
Bed linen, West Elm*
Pink cushions, West Elm*
Bed throw, By Molle
Small pink vase, Cooee*
Framed floral print, One Must Dash*
Normann Copenhagen mirror, Cloudberry Living*
Dhurrie speckled rug, West Elm*
Beni Ourain berber rug, Sukhi rugs*

Let me know if I’ve missed anything off or if you have any questions.

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  3. Hi! Do you mind sharing exactly which color your bed linen is from West Elm? I’m interested in incorporating a similar color scheme in my own project, and was curious about the shade of your duvet cover and shams. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Olivia, apologies for the slow reply, the app on my phone wouldn’t let me reply yesterday for some reason. The duvet is platinum and the pillowcases are slate. I think they’re on sale at the moment! What are shams?! x

  4. Lovely refurb – looks like a very peaceful and stylish room.

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  6. It’s absolutely stunning. I love the colours and all the textures. It looks so inviting. You’ve done a brilliant job.

  7. Absolutely beautiful. Peignoir and Ammonite work soooo well together here. Love it!
    Another room nailed, Cate. Big congrats!!x

  8. All looks lovely but… why cover amazing wood floorboards with carpet? And then put rugs on top? I am not being nasty, it is a genuine question.

    • That is a good question. We had got to the end of the renovations downstairs, where we had major works knocking down walls and things, we had run out of money and energy really, I had sanded and painted the wooden floors downstairs myself and I just wanted something quick and easy for the bedrooms, I couldn’t face doing it again at that time. We used some of the boards upstairs to fill in some of the gaps downstairs to create a seamless finish down there. We also had mice coming through the gaps in the floorboards in the bedrooms and I just wanted to cover it all up. In years to come when we have the money and time we might restore the old boards but for now I actually quite like the soft feel of the carpet, it feels really lovely under the feet when you get out of bed. And the rugs just add a bit of pattern and texture. I hope that answers your questions. x

  9. Omg Cate, this is beyond beautiful! It’s so cozy and serene. It’s super stylish yet not pretentious. Also, that vanity is so darn great! Your bedroom, like the rest of your place, turned out amazing! Though I think this might take the cake!

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    • Ah, thank you lovely!! I just love the feel of the space and how it’s a bit different to the other rooms with that lovely pop of light pink xxx

  10. Looks so beautiful Cate! Fellow sash window lover here 🙋 My flat has been attacked by the PVC monster and as soon as I can afford it I’m bringing wood back. Love your colour combos xx

    • Thank you! PVC is terrible, SO ugly!! It’s such an investment with wooden sash windows but I think it really brings back value to the property xxx

  11. What a transformation! Lovely, lovely colour palette – so tranquil and restful. I could definitely relax and fall into a blissful sleep in a room like that 🙂 xx

  12. Oh what a gorgeous, relaxing space you’ve created! I love the paint colour – it really is just so beautiful. Our bedroom is the same layout and while the previous owners had their bed against the fireplace wall, we moved ours to the same spot you have yours to be able to look out the windows 😉 I adore your little dressing table – what a beautiful piece. Oh and if it makes you feel better, it took us about 5 years to sort out proper wardrobes – ha! I used to only ever take pics from the same exact angle! 😉 xxx

    • Oh thank you Kimberly! I think that’s the best layout, I love being able to look out of the windows and the greenery outside. Haha that’s funny about the wardrobes!! We’ve got a hanging rail but it just looks so messy, argh! x

  13. What a beautiful room. I love how calming and restful the colours are. You’ve chosen some really lovely accessories too. Those lamps hanging beside your bed are wonderful. I don’t have room for bedside tables so these would be ideal.

  14. It looks just stunning cate. Such a pretty mix of pastel shades, and just the right hint of colour. So soothing and we love the curvy dressing table and Flip mirror, they echo each others curves. the cutest little corner I think.

    A great job done and a super place to rest and relax!

    • Thank you so much Alicia! It’s a such a relief to have a nice place to relax after all the hard work. My favourite corner is that dressing table, the flip mirror fits so well and look so stylish! x

  15. Looks so relaxing and beautiful. The Peignoir is wonderful.

  16. Soooo gorgeous Cate, really soothing and restful and I love all the textures! x

  17. Oh it gorgeous Cate! What a wonderful calm restful space this must be to wake up/go to sleep in. Absolutely adore those soft pink walls, and all those piles of books against the wall – might have to steal that trick 😉

    • Thank you so much Kate! Yes, I have too many books but I love having them around me! And they’re also a hand tool to hide ugly plugs and wires 🙂

  18. Beautiful styling as always Cate!

  19. Such a beautiful room Cate! I love the soft colours and the textures you’ve used – so restful x

    • Thank you Abi, it was nice to step away from white and grey walls and try something a little different that’s still neutral and calming xxx

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