My bedroom is my tranquil space. It is a white sea of calm. It’s a carefully chosen, intentional space that makes me relax and feel at ease in the world. It’s where I switch off. It’s where I am at peace. It is my favourite room in my house. It’s my minimalist white bedroom.
It has almost been 18 months since we moved into our home in Birmingham. Our little 2-bedroom terraced house is our sanctuary, our place in the world that we call our own. And I adore it.
I have been intending to share our progress as we put our stamp on a little rental property, but the first 6 months or more it was a total state as our work took over our lives.
Now I feel I ready to share the first room which I consider to be almost done (because done is never done enough).
I do have two small floating tray shelves to get fixed above our bedside units but they are in the DIY to-do pile and I just couldn’t wait any longer to share my first room tour with you.
So, without further ado …
My minimalist white bedroom tour.
First let’s talk about the main piece in the room, the bed. The frame is actually a hand-me-down so free to us, but it is in fact a superking-sized bed. The mattress is brand new from Bruno (review here).
As we spend such a huge chunk of our time resting and sleeping I wanted our bed to the comfiest, snuggliest, most sumptuous space possible.
On top of the mattress is a goose feather down quilt which is covered in the most luxurious of pure white cotton bedsheets from Soak & Sleep. I picked the 600 thread-count Egyptian cotton set and it feels amazing to sleep in. It’s like hotel luxury but at home, every night. Sure, it’s an effort to iron after washing, especially given the super-king size… but I adore it and it’s so worth taking the time out.
As a blanket-aholic (yes, it’s a real term that I made up about 5 years ago and one which exasperates Raj) I like to have one handy in the bedroom in case I:
a) need extra warmth
b) just need something to snuggle under
c) it’s an addiction… I just like having blankets in every room.
In this case we have a simple dark grey blanket that I picked up from Ikea for about £5. I have had my eye on an oversized cable knit variety (like this one), I just need to sneak it past Raj.
To finish off the bed itself we have three throw pillows. The covers are all from H&M and the inners are from either Ikea or Ebay. I wanted to keep the details nice and simple so they are white to go with the bed covers with just a fine metallic detail in either silver or gold.
Above the bed are 3 pictures in a white and gold theme. All of them are prints from Etsy, the two on the outside are from the same seller, the one in the middle I won’t recommend as it’s not great quality and I am looking to change it.
The first one was a custom order, it’s a quote I found years ago and I feel it sums me up nicely:
“She’s a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibility everywhere.”
The second one is an Audrey Hepburn quote that I liked. The funny thing is, I bought this print just before Raj proposed and whisked me off to Paris to celebrate our engagement. When he saw I had bought it he was suspicious that I had guessed his surprise. But I honestly had no idea! It was a total coincidence. Which just adds to the sentimentality of this print.
For the frames I picked up the plain white Ribba frames from Ikea.
Around the headboard frame I simply wrapped a length of fairy lights to add some warmth and fun to the room. Because who doesn’t love some fairy lights magic?! I picked these ones up from Ebay.
Either side of our bed we have to old Expedit units (now Kallax) that act as our bedside tables. They are not the prettiest and possibly not what I would choose. However, we already owned them when we moved here and they do make for useful storage, which when leaving in a small house is most welcome.
We picked up some plain white fabric box inserts for it, also from Ikea, and they house some clothes and general bits and bobs.
Our bedside lamps are simple white angle-poise style lamps from Made. For some reason, choosing our lighting options is one of the hardest decisions to make (still trying to find one we like for the living room). In the end we went simple and affordable for now with these ones. The do the job and go with the minimalist vibe of the room.
One my bedside table I have a plant in a gold pot, a gold and glass trinket box where I keep my rings, a picture frame (that I really must print a photo for) all from H&M. I also have a print from the Vogue 100 exhibition in a gorgeous frame. I have yet to decide where to hang it so for now it stays propped up against the wall by my bed.
Next to my side of the bed I have a large antique-style silver mirror from Exclusive Mirrors. As I have it positioned opposite the windows and with white walls I find it helps give the appearance of a much larger room.
Besides that I have one of my vintage suitcases which I still have decided where to keep. I have a few under the bed for storage of accessories etc. And a few on top of my wardrobe space. But this one is rather large so takes up so much room, yet I think it’s so charming.
Between the two windows I have my new dressing table from the Malm collection at Ikea. This is the most recent addition to the room and I am super excited to finally have a place to sit for my beauty routine. Previously I was just stood at this large mirror that sits behind it, but now I have a proper stool and table from Ikea to spend time pampering myself.
The mirror behind it is also Ikea from many moons ago. I haven’t decided where to move it to yet, maybe the hallway, but I do think we will fix my other silver mirror (that is stored behind it) to the wall as my dressing table mirror.
On top of the dressing table is a gold tray from H&M and two gold pots from Next for keeping my beauty products neat. I have a magnifying mirror from BHS (RIP) and a few beauty bits and bobs. I’m sure with time I will reshuffle the look of the dressing table.
Underneath the table I have a gold basket from H&M that I use to store my hairdryer, straighteners and curling wand. Plus a small waste paper basket that I believe was from John Lewis years ago.
Next to that is an antique pink chair that was given to me by my late Great Grandmother. That ends up being a clothes dumping ground during the week.
On the windowsill is a large gold star from Matalan. It was originally a Christmas decoration but we like the star pattern so keep it out all year round.
In the corner of the our room Raj has built an open wardrobe system of rails and shelves. It’s an idea he’s had for a while and I think we have plans to add to it. But for now this is the best use of space for our clothes, it’s much neater than the previous wardrobe and rail situation, and we can see everything at a glance.
Of course, in an ideal Pinterest-friendly world, all of my clothes would be chic capsule-wardrobe items or something. But for now, it’s all a mish-mash of day to day clothes.
It’s a relatively new addition so I’m still deciding on how I want it to look. I’ll probably getting all matching clothes hangers and I might add some hooks down the right hand wall for my hats.
The two chest of drawers are from the Malm range at Ikea. I like that they are deep draws with the exception of the tall one which has two handy shallow ones for my makeup products.
In the photo above you can see a small cupboard on the right. That was built in above the stairs by the previous owners. It’s a deep cupboard with a few shelves that I use to store all of my shoes and bags. It’s not ideal and is prone to getting rather messy. Oooops!
Just below it is a wicker chest that I bought from Ikea about 10 years ago. I use it store our spare towels and bedding. Plus, it also ends up being a dumping space for my throw cushions at bedtime.
That’s it I think! That’s my bedroom so far.
As always with interiors it is a work in progress. But I am so happy with how it is turning out so far. It’s a calming space that is conducive to rest and recuperation along with space for dressing, pampering and making ourselves feel pretty.
It’s neutral and functional. It has elements of personality.
Most importantly, it feels like us.
Let me know if you have any suggestions white, grey and metallic interiors!