At the beginning of last month I was asked to take part in a little challenge by Ocean Finance.
They’ve just launched a new interior design blog called Four Walls and, to celebrate, they asked me — and another four bloggers — to work on a little room makeover post each.
We were given £100 each to spend on the room of our choice and asked to transform it, in any which way we wanted.
Initially I had some grand ideas about updating one of our guest rooms but a couple of weeks ago we featured the most amazing blush pink sofa on Home Etc and I’ve been obsessively thinking about it ever since.
Pink is certainly the colour of the moment isn’t it?
Ever since Pantone named Rose Quartz as one of it’s colours of the year for 2016, the high street has been awash with it. It’s a delicious pale pink — not too saccharine sweet, not too babyish — a restful blush pink that sits beautifully with so many other shades.
Here are just a few of the colours that Pantone suggest compliment Rose Quartz.
Anyway back to the challenge.
Recently I shared our conservatory sitting room on the blog — we’ve had the same colour-scheme for a few years now — and whilst my hundred pound budget wouldn’t stretch to a brand new (pink) sofa, it would certainly go towards a few new accessories to change the look and feel of the room.
Here’s what I chose:
1. Patterned Cushion Cover — £3.99 — H&M
2. Pink Rose Candle — £1 — B&Q
3. Dark Grey Rug — £59 — IKEA
4. Pink Plant Pot — £1 — IKEA
5. Printed Cushion Cover — £4.00 — H&M
6.Set of 2 Glass Display Boxes — £15 — IKEA
7. Canvas Cushion Cover — £3.99 — H&M
8. Irregular Stripe Cushion — £9 — B&Q
And here’s how it looks:
A mini sitting room makeover in Pantone Rose Quartz
The biggest expense by far was the rug.
It took up over half of my budget but as it really pulls everything together and totally changes the feel of the room, so I think it was a worthwhile investment.
Particularly as, when the pink accessories have had their day and my head has been turned by another shade — which we all know will happen. The charcoal grey and white will work well paired with with any colour I throw at it next.
I re-painted one of my picture frames, from turquoise to pink.
Valspar at B&Q have the most amazing range of colours to choose from and even have a Pantone range. The pink I’ve used on the frame is Rose Quartz!
And finally, I gathered together a few other bits and pieces that I had around the house that tied in well and used the little glass boxes from IKEA to display some tumbled stones and a huge lump of purple glass that I’d dug up in our garden a few years ago.
It usually sits by itself on the window sill, so it’s lovely to finally have somewhere to show it off properly.
Ta-daah! Makeover complete.
Although, confession time. I came in over budget by 97p. Oops.
That said, I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out.
For 100 quid (and 97p).
This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own. Thanks so much to Ocean Finance for asking me to be involved. It’s been a really fun project!