Home Office Redecoration Part I: Walls and Ceiling

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At the moment I’m in the process of redecorating the small room in my house. I’m upset that I don’t have any ‘before’ pictures but it started out as a dark blue room with large letters on the wall spelling out ‘Freddie’. Now, I’m hoping that the previous owners didn’t mean to make it into a museum of Freddy Krueger and assume that it was their little boys room…

As my fiance and I are not planning for any children at the moment we decided to redecorate and make the room into a home office!

I’ll be documenting our progress and here’s what we’ve done so far…

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Wall Paint: Dulux Intrepid Cave*

Lampshade: Iconic Lights Copper Industrial Fishermans Pendant Shade*

Poster: Zazzle vintage print*

1. Changing the Colour of the Walls

We started off by getting rid of the dark blue walls in the room. That was difficult, trust me, especially as each time we would paint the walls white the blue would still come through. Luckily, the Dulux is of great quality as it was thick enough to cover the imperfections underneath and I’m not just saying that. Seriously, we only had to do one coat of the luscious mocha colour and it looked great!

2. Starting from the Ceiling Downwards

Topsy turvy! Rather than starting from the ground upwards we had the ceiling sorted. I don’t mean just painting the ceiling white again but by hanging an gorgeous on-trend copper lampshade. In case you didn’t know (and have been living under a rock somewhere…) copper accessories are super popular in interiors this season, these were showcased in EtcLiving House Tours this year as well as the Ideal Home Show. I’m not surprised everyone loves them either because, and this is one of the reasons why I got the lampshade, the reflective surfaces help light travel to every corner of the room whilst it’s unique shade adds that warmth to the room. What do you think of the trend?

3. Dressing the Walls

I’m sure these are going to move around lots as we bring furniture into the room but at the moment I’ve blue-tacked a couple of vintage posters to the walls. I’ve given you a sneak peek into one of the cute posters and will leave the next one for Part II, so be sure to come back and check it out.

The room is definitely a mix of styles. It has the warming walls so that we can work in comfort when need be, the light is there to help illuminate our ideas (and there’s nothing worse than bad lighting.) The posters are symbolic for creativity; the birds for tranquility and music for a positive outlook on life, keeping the heart aflutter… Apologies for the philosophy, I digress!

Anyway, it’s a little bare still at the moment but I’m getting very excited and can’t wait to show you the new shelf that has just arrived and is being put together as we speak! I will also be painting a table to put into the little office so be sure to check out the blog next week to see it all 😉

What do you think of it so far?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.