Our Happy Home | A Bedroom makeover & wallpapering a ceiling

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that we live in a wonky old house.

It was built in the 17th century — is Grade 2 listed — has warm stone walls and a tin roof.

There is thatch underneath the tin but, in the war, the thatch was covered in a layer of corrugated metal, in order to stop the incendiary devices setting fire to it.

Consequently it’s now part of the listing and weirdly, it’s one of the things I like best.

I love our little house with it’s quirks and character but sometimes ‘character’ comes with it’s own set of problems too. Restricted head height in some areas and steeply pitched ceilings are just a couple of the issues that we face but, I guess, that’s the trade off for living in a period property.

One of the rooms that has a really sloped ceiling is one of the guest bedrooms on the 2nd floor of the house.

Although the room sees lots of visitors — as we regularly have friends and family coming to stay — we’d never really done much to it since we moved in.

Sporting plain white walls and accessories that were donkey’s years old, it was comfortable but ‘tired’ I think it would be fair to say.

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Before — Plain white walls and accessories that we’ve had for 10 years or more!
a bedroom makeover
Before — The ceiling over the bed is really sloped but had been left plain.
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Before — The only colour injected into the room came from the accessories.


It was high time for a makeover.

Factoring in the shape of the room was tricky to begin with but — as with everything in life — it’s sometimes better to work with what you have, than work against it so, instead of trying to cover it up and tone it down, I decided to make a feature out of it.

I found the most perfect wallpaper — white scattered with swallows — from Laura Ashley.

What could be nicer than lying in bed and looking at a ceiling full of little blue birds?

Wallpapering a ceiling is a little trickier than it sounds — particularly when the plaster is uneven and the walls are not straight! But I’m SO pleased with the end result.

It has set the theme for the whole room and I chose a dove grey knitted throw for the end of the bed and a beautiful glass lamp base to replace the old one.

The room looked so dull beforehand — the addition of a little wallpaper has made such a difference. It’s given the room a fresh coastal feel — nice when you couldn’t be any further from the sea!!

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After — A ceiling full of little birds
wallpapering a ceiling
After — A fabulous new lamp that you can display your treasures in the glass base.
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After — The sloped ceiling over the bed has been given a new lease of life with the wallpaper.
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After — Wallpapering a ceiling has made the entire room looks so much fresher and brighter!
After — Although the wallpaper on the ceiling is patterned it doesn’t look too busy or fussy.
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After — The grey throw softens the look and is perfect for chilly nights.
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After — Duck-egg striped cushions from John Lewis tie in really well with the throw and the wallpaper.
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After — Even my old Union Flag collage looks fresher and brighter since the room has had a makeover!
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After — The lampbase is so clever — it has a detachable glass dome for you to display your possessions.
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After — My guests can count blue-birds as they’re nodding off, instead of sheep :)

I’m so happy with our new look guest bedroom.

The addition of the wallpaper has totally transformed the space. It’s gone from looking tired — and a bit basic — and to fresh and welcoming.

And it just goes to show that wallpaper can be used on more than just the walls! It can turn awkward space into a beautiful feature.

Wallpapering a ceiling may not be the obvious choice for a bedroom makeover but sometimes a little blue-sky thinking — or in this case ‘blue-bird’ thinking — can make the world of difference to making something look really special.

I was generously gifted a roll of wallpaper, a woollen throw and a lamp base to complete my guest bedroom makeover. Laura Ashley have  so many lovely products to choose from — pop along and grab some inspiration from their website.

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All photos, thoughts and words are entirely my own.

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About 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.

28 thoughts on “Our Happy Home | A Bedroom makeover & wallpapering a ceiling

  1. Looks absolutely stunning and I love how just a little few changes can make such a big difference. Love the bird wallpaper it’s amazing and right up my street. Lovely room. #homecorner Hibs100

    1. Thanks so much Jenny — it’s made a huge difference to the room! I’m such a fan of little touches of wallpaper; not all over the house, but a little flash here and there is lovely, I think! xx

  2. It looks gorgeous Caro, I love the wallpaper and the quirky touches. And I love the wonkiness of it too- what a beautiful room. x

    1. Thanks so much Katie! I have a soft spot for birds too :) I imagines stars on the ceiling initially,but was SO pleased when I spotted the bluebird paper! Thanks for stopping by x

  3. What a lovely quaint room! I love the calm feel the makeover has given it, the wallpaper has somehow made the wooden beam look lighter? Love the lamp base xx

  4. Omg Caro I love that paper, the roof in our room is like a big A, exactly the same with the beams but huge beams, I want birds over my bed to, they are beautiful x

    1. Aah thanks Hayley :) It’s a really comfy bed actually — when Dickie is ill I sometimes go and sleep up there!! Will be lovely to drift off and look at the little birds circling over my head ;)

  5. Oh wow how pretty is the bird wallpaper? I absolutely love it and you’re right it has really made the room special hasn’t it. Can’t wait to sleep in it when I come and visit!! Hahaha xx

    1. Thanks SO much Rachel!! :) Am totally chuffed with it. Have only ever hung wallpaper twice before so I was a little bit nervous. It has worked better than I’d hoped though!! I think the wonky beam is more forgiving than a straight line anyway!! ;) x

    1. Aaaah can’t WAIT for you to come and visit lovely — we need to book something in!!!! I miss you!!!!

      I should do a blog tutorial on that collage!! It was made from Boden catalogues!! I bet Boden would love to see it, actually!! xx

  6. That wallpaper is gorgeous and it has really brightened up the room. I love the idea that your guests can lie in bed and count bluebirds. What a lovely idea! You are an interiors genius. I also think that lamp is an amazing idea. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    1. Thanks so much lovely. SO happy with how it turned out! When I started papering I was cursing myself at how much harder it was than papering a wall but it all worked out well in the end! :) xx

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