How £16 cushions and budget bulbs helped me win ‘roomover of the year’

Kate's before and after

Before and After: Kate transformed her bedroom into a sanctuary – and even won a prize for it (Picture: Wayfair)

Kate Moorhouse may have been strapped for cash, but some ingenious design touches have turned her white box of a bedroom into a colourful sanctuary

A someone who likes to stick to a budget, she tells Metro that her bedroom was done for less than most people would spend on a weekend break in the UK.

Having saved for years for the two-bed mid-terrace new build in Wakefield, and with every room needing to be completely designed, the budget was tight, leaving Kate just £350 to transform her master bedroom.

Not one to back away from a challenge, Kate managed to beat her carefully calculated allowance with £3.02 left over. All her hard work also bagged her the ‘budget’ category of Wayfair’s Roomover of the Year 2023 in the process.

The room has gone from a cold white box to a warm, welcoming space that channels faraway beaches and exotic Eastern destinations, all in the heart of West Yorkshire. It’s also changed her life, improving both sleep and wellbeing.

‘Quite quickly I was sick of waking up in this white box of nothing,’ she laughs. ‘I was really excited to put my stamp on it as I’m a creative person but having a strict budget to do it how I wanted was a bit scary.

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‘Most of the money went on paint in that room,’ admits Kate (Picture: Wayfair)

‘At 36 years old, I spent so much time saving for the house that I wanted. I have a lot of ideas but I have to be patient. I am quite indecisive, so it’s a battle deciding what I want and helps to take my time.’

Kate had saved up £6,000 to use on the house but wanted to keep back £2,000 for fixing anything, for example, if the boiler packed up. She brough the bed and two side units with her from her previous rental property and allowed herself £350 for the room for paint, decor and bedding.

‘Most of the money went on paint in that room,’ she says. ‘I wanted something like Farrow & Ball as I wanted a really good paint to turn the bedroom into a sanctuary.

The tiger throw was a bargain from Asda (Picture: Wayfair)

‘Paint is the biggest surface in the room so I put a lot of effort into finding the right colour. Accessories you can change so my one bit of advice is: take your time picking your paint. Don’t scrimp on it if you can.’

Rather than starting with a colour or style in mind, Kate began with a feeling.

‘I wanted to create a space that felt like a warm hug, that was calming and cosy and organic,’ she says.

She started collecting testers from big high street DIY stores and online, testing them in different lights …read more

Source:: Metro


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