A mini sitting room makeover in Pantone Rose Quartz

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.

Pantone Rose Quartz Palette

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.

From this:


To this:


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! 

Caro Davies
Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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    • 18th May 2016 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! And congratulations again on your win! Very well deserved :)

  1. 9th May 2016 / 8:18 pm

    I am loving all the pink accessories and accents – it looks so lovely and homely x

    • 18th May 2016 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks so much Donna — amazing what a difference a few cushions can make isn’t it? :) xx

  2. Tanita
    10th May 2016 / 9:19 am

    Absolutely gorgeous makeover Caro. It looks stunning. Love the panatone colour it ties the room together beautifully. X

  3. Ally Mother Under Measure
    10th May 2016 / 9:52 am

    Oh wow, what a beautiful room! I think it looked lovely to start with but it looks so fresh and bright now, love the colour choice xx

  4. 10th May 2016 / 9:54 am

    I absoloutly love the colours, they make the room look fresh and bright x

  5. 10th May 2016 / 11:26 am

    That’s absolutely beautiful! I really like the gold cushions they look fab against the pink.

    • 18th May 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks so much lovely — I’m so pleased with how it turned out :)

  6. Sophie
    10th May 2016 / 11:45 am

    Oh wow I love the colours they are SO nice! I have been looking for some new cushions for my bedroom and think I’ll have to have a look at these ones! Thanks for sharing :) xo

  7. 10th May 2016 / 10:20 pm

    I think you’ve done a marvellous job there! I’m never inspired enough to be able to make such a difference to a room with so little money! Our living room is desperate for a good old spruce up.

    • 18th May 2016 / 5:05 pm

      Aah thanks lovely!! It was nice to have the challenge as an incentive to be honest! I don’t think I’d have done it otherwise!! :)

  8. Gemma
    11th May 2016 / 7:54 am

    I love it!!! It looks so fresh and perfect for Spring. The pink is such a pretty shade too!

    Gemma x
    The British Feather – Lifestyle, Travel & Home Decor

  9. 11th May 2016 / 9:37 am

    This is lovely – there’s something so grown up about that soft pink and grey combination, isn’t there? I love the colour, and it’s one that I can never wear clothes-wise because of my skintone, so it’s lovely to be able to choose from so many home items that use it at the moment! Really impressive transformation for only £100 to (well, ok, £100.97!) #HomeEtc

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much lovely!!! I’m the same — I’d look dreadful in blush pink but it works well on my sofa ;)

  10. Molly
    11th May 2016 / 11:09 am

    Amazing! Totally transforms the look and feel of the space, fab :) Love Our Walls blog too (but turned down this challenge as just no time atm, boo – and sorry I’m missing out on #HomeEtc too, but will be back with you when things quieten down!) Keeping reading though and loving all your inspirational posts xx

    • 12th May 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Thanks Molly! :) I’m so pleased with it — when I first told my boy what I was planning, he was a bit skeptical (and I was a bit unsure of how it would turn out!!) but I’m really chuffed. And so is he, which is a bonus!!!

  11. 11th May 2016 / 2:44 pm

    It’s looks brilliant, Caro. It almost leads the room in to spring. It’s a brilliant time for a makeover. I love blush pink. I was sceptical at first but it’s such a beautiful colour.

    • 12th May 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks so much pet. It’s not something that I would have usually gravitated towards usually but I love it!! :)

  12. 11th May 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Sooo pretty, yet not overly girly either. I love pink & grey together, that’s currently the colour scheme in our lounge :) #HomeEtc

  13. 11th May 2016 / 8:19 pm

    It looks amazing, and so well styled, I love it! That’s the same shade of pink that we painted Toddler H’s bedroom, and it’s just lovely. I have been looking for some cushion covers in that shade of pink for our bedroom as I want to tone down our grey bedroom and make it less crisp and boyish. Off to H&M for me then!! #homeetc

    • 12th May 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks so much! H&M have got such a fab range — really cheap too!! The pink canvas cushion covers were only £3.99 each!

  14. 11th May 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Oops about blowing the budget there, but worth it – it looks fab. Love that rug – thanks for hosting #homeetc xx

    • 12th May 2016 / 5:59 pm

      Haha!! I know! I disqualified myself!! I should have taken the candle out but I loved it too much!! ;)

  15. 11th May 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Caro I love it Rose quartz is such a pretty colour, and I love what you did with your budget it looks fantastic and just shows what you can do with a small budget xx

    • 12th May 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Thanks so much lovely :) It just goes to show that a few new accessories can make the world of difference to a room xx

  16. 11th May 2016 / 10:45 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE what you have done with this room and on such a small budget too! Looks amazing and I adore this colour pink!Great makeover – looks really fresh and modern #HomeEtc.

  17. 12th May 2016 / 6:27 am

    I absolutely adore that shade of pink and the rug is gorgeous- I might have to invest!

    • 12th May 2016 / 4:32 pm

      The rug is fab isn’t it? And will literally go with EVERYTHING!!! :)

  18. 12th May 2016 / 11:06 am

    Its amazing how one colour can totally transform a room, it looks like a lovely feminine hide-away now! I love the pink and gold cushion combo!


    • 12th May 2016 / 4:31 pm

      Thanks lovely — I’m so pleased with it!! Bit of a risk, as I live with three boys but hey! ;)

  19. Yosh
    12th May 2016 / 6:22 pm

    What a gorgeous room!! I am ao jealous of the view! and soft blush pink is my favorite colour so I love love love this room! I wish we had white couches too but black leather couches will do until my boys are old enough to know not to wipe their sticky hands on there lol ;) Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  20. 13th May 2016 / 9:06 am

    Oh I love this room it just looks brilliant, I love all the cushions and your finishing touches. Please can you come and style my house when I move? xx

  21. 13th May 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Just spotted Marie Kondo’s book, I started konmari-ing but it didn’t spark joy, I couldn’t dump everything lol.
    Love the colours, the room looks fabulous!!

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Hahahaha!!!!! I’m SO glad it isn’t just me!!!! I’ve definitely taken ‘something’ away from her book but I love my things too much to get rid of everything!!

  22. 13th May 2016 / 10:37 pm

    You have a really lovely conservatory and I am in love with the blush pink touches! It’s so amazing the difference switching out accessories can make, especially in a room with a neutral backdrop. #HomeEtc

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Aah thanks Sue! :) And me too! I love colour but love having a neutral backdrop more. It’s lovely to be able to change the colour-scheme with a few accessories!

  23. 14th May 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Wow love this!!!!! So happy the pink sofa inspired u. I’m planning my living area colours at the mo and really want to introduce blush pink somewhere. Will def be saving these ideas! X

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:20 pm

      It did, totally, inspire me!!! I couldn’t stop thinking about for a week after seeing your post!!

  24. 14th May 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Oh I love it, so pretty and such a big change for a small budget. x

  25. 15th May 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Gorgeous, Caro, gorgeous! Those few small changes in the colour scheme make such a difference to the overall look of the room. It is a beautiful, bright room to begin with, but the pale pink make it so much airier and spring-like. Nice work!

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Thanks so much lovely — I’m really chuffed with it!!! When I was buying all the bits and pieces I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to like it but I LOVE it :D

  26. Kerry Louise
    16th May 2016 / 10:09 am

    Oh wow, I LOVE your makeover! I’m not a huge fan of pink especially in the house but I do like a blush pink. Also I think pink goes well with copper or gold. Especially loving the cushions! xx

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! It’s weird, I never used to be a fan of pink in the home either, so it was a bit of a risk!! But I’m a convert — I love it :)

  27. 17th May 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Looks gorgeous and I adore the colours! I want to do this myself! Love that rug!!! :) Jess xx


  28. Stephanie Oakes
    22nd May 2016 / 3:09 pm

    This is an absolutely gorgeous makeover Caro and such a bargain too! I’m not normally a huge pink fan but I adore blush pink. I also love that rug! x

  29. 14th September 2016 / 10:40 am

    Wow it looks amazing, such simple changes that have made an amazing impact.

  30. 9th February 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Gorgeous – still loving those display boxes. Thanks for hosting the fabulous #HomeEtc X

  31. 10th February 2018 / 2:32 pm

    This looks amazing Caro! I love it and that rose quartz colour is definitely a hit. We teamed it up with a dark denim blue colour in my daughter’s bedroom and it works with that too. Isn’t it fab what a difference £100 can make? You made it go really far, the space looks totally different. Xx

    • 11th March 2018 / 4:58 pm

      You’re right — 100 quid can go a LONG way!! Also nice when I’m spending someone else’s money, rather than my own!! LOL!

  32. 12th February 2018 / 10:53 am

    I’m SO jealous of your conservatory sitting room, it’s just beautiful and such a light and airy space. And the perfect little makeover, I was never a pink fan but for the last year or so I’ve become a little obsessed!! X #HomeEtc

    • 11th March 2018 / 4:56 pm

      It’s funny — it’s had the dining room in there for the last 6 months! We’ve just swapped everything over again so it’s looking more like it did in those pics. I do love a little bit of pink here and there! xx

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