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.
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