Last week I finally shared some shots of the Ikea hack and DIY desk area in Ez’s bedroom, with a promise that I’d be back this week to show you a bit more of the room, including the yellow feature wall by her bed.
As I said, I tried letting the twins come up with themes for their rooms themselves, but it was too hard to find something that both child and parent (me) could live with. Instead we went down the colour scheme route. Ez’s favourite shades are yellow and purple so those are the colours I’ve incorporated into the room as accents. We painted three of the four walls white and then chose a bright yellow shade for one wall (Simply Brilliant R142C from Valspar). This means that it doesn’t overpower the space (that would be one intense colour to have on all four walls!), and it’s also much easier to update if Ez decides she’d like to change the colours in her room at any point.
Above her bedhead I’ve hung a picture that I actually made for the twins’ Penguin-books-themed nursery before they were even born, because I love that shade of purple. This was made from a tea towel, stapled onto a wooden frame (I’ve written a tutorial here on how to do it). My very clever MIL made cushion covers out of tea towels to match.
I’m a big fan of the Ribba picture ledges from Ikea. The twins have a mini library on our landing where they keep their favourite books on three ledges fixed one above each other, and I’ve added a ledge above each of their beds. Ez’s is mainly used to display decorative items, but sometimes she pops on the book she’s currently reading, or a notebook and pen. She’s a big fan of taking pictures (can’t think where she gets that from), so I’ve displayed my grandpa’s old SLR camera on the ledge as a nod to that.
I only managed to get some pictures up on the wall this Christmas just gone (just a whole year after we completed the room, then), and it’s a gallery that I intend will grow. Ez is a fan of owls (having been in the Owl tribe at the Just So Festival for the last three years), so there are some owl-related shots, plus I’ve finally framed Ez’s hama bead art she made last autumn. She wanted to spell out the words ‘I LOVE YOU’ in hama beads and spent hours working on her project. I’ve been keeping what she made safe since then with the intention of putting in a frame, and I’m so pleased I have. It makes me smile every time I look at it.