We’ve been toying with the idea of updating the twins’ bedroom for ages now.
They turn 6 in just less than a month but, until December, had been sleeping on their little cot-beds; in the room that we decorated when I was just days away from giving birth.
I loved everything about their nursery.
Because we didn’t know what sex they were, we purposefully chose a gender-neutral colour-scheme; opting for white and brights, which made their room such a happy place to be.
The colourful bird wallpaper was perfect. It was bright and fresh and served us really well over the last 5 plus years.
And the cot-beds — that seemed like such a colossal expense when they were first purchased — turned out to be a really savvy buy.
The boys were 3 when the cot sides finally came off; then they transformed from cots to dinky little toddler beds.
They have lasted so well, and it was really only when the boys started school that they began to really look too small.
I wrote a while ago about different themes for Bertie and Cosmo’s new room.
We’d bandied about a few ideas — everything from superheroes to Lego; outer-space to under-the-sea — but settling on one actual idea was hard.
My two little friends have opposing tastes; ‘outerspace-superheroes’ seemed to be the overriding favourites!
But decor aside, would they have bunk beds?
Or regular singles?
I began creating a Pinterest board of ideas and all of our favourites had old fashioned ‘dormitory style’ beds, rather than bunks.
So just before Christmas, I decided to bite the bullet — buy the boys new beds — and give their colourful nursery a twin bedroom makeover.
Off came the wallpaper — which was replaced with liberal amounts of white paint on the walls and ceiling — with a soft grey eggshell on all of the woodwork (including the stripped pine wardrobe doors).
I bought some lovely black painted metal framed beds from an online store and the lovely people at Leesa kindly gifted the boys some mattresses to go on top (more about that in another post).
After so much colour the first time round, I decided to go the other way entirely and decided on a monochromatic scheme.
It’s times like this that Pinterest is such a brilliant tool. I’d been pinning lots of images and loved how the colour in a room could come from the toys, rather the fixtures, fittings and soft furnishings. I wanted their room to be restful but also somewhere fun that they could go and play or read, without being overstimulated when it was time for bed.
It did worry me slightly that an all black and white colour-scheme would be an impossible goal, in a house where all the toys and books we own seem to be vivid and bright.
In ‘Pinterest-land’ people don’t seem to have plastic toys or real kids’ books.
They have tasteful monochrome toys and the book covers all match.
But I’m really delighted with how it’s all turned out.
After years of seeing two little beds through the doorway of their room, this is now the view.
The View from The Door
I must admit, seeing just one bed through the doorway has taken a little bit of getting used to!
But the two single beds are just too wide to have side by side, so we’ve used this as a positive to zone the room.
Bertie now has the side nearest the door, with Cosmo on the other side.
To be honest, it’s probably a good thing as they now have half of the room each.
In a room that they have to share, it’s given them a clear space of their own.
Eventually, they’ll probably have a room of their own (if they wanted to).
We have two separate bedrooms at the top of the house, along with a little shower room — that we use as guest bedrooms — so there’s certainly scope for them to have a room each in the future.
But the access to the attic is tricky; there are some really steep, narrow stairs and restricted head-height.
Certainly too tricky for two little children, who sometimes need to get up in the middle of the night.
When the boys are older — and not quite so dependent on us — it’s quite nice to think that we have the top of the house as an option for them.
But, for now, the room that they’ve occupied for the last (almost) 6 years, which is on the same floor as ours, is the perfect place for them to sleep.
The little side tables were given to us by our friends at GLTC to test out.
They’re the perfect height and size for little people. But whilst their external dimensions are fairly modest, they open to reveal a cavernous space, that more than houses all the ‘treasures’ that a small child likes to collect.
Bertie and Cosmo couldn’t be more different in that respect; Cosmo’s cupboard is very orderly but Bertie’s is a crazy mess of books, Lego, things he’s found and things he’s made.
I love the fact that the Sherwood Bedside Cupboards look so neat and tidy from the outside — without giving away the chaos that lies beneath!
Cosmo’s bed is almost a mirror image of his twins’ but he has his own bits and bobs around him; including the ‘Roses Red’ nursery print that he used to have next to his cot-bed.
It doesn’t really tie in with anything else in the room but he loves it. In fact, when we first moved the beds apart, Cosmo particularly was quite unsettled. It was only when his daddy put the print back up on the wall that he felt happy with the new set-up.
Just goes to show that children are creatures of habit!
We adults think that they’d like a change — a ‘new’ bedroom — but in actual fact, they still crave a little bit of familiarity.
I think I was so keen to give my little man-cubs a ‘big boy’ bedroom, I forgot that actually at *not quite* 6 years old, they’re still fairly young. And maybe not quite ready to totally let go of the comfort and familiarity of their old room.
Along with the prints, both boys still have their Star Book Ledges from GLTC. These have been really well used and definitely grown with them over the years. I’d highly recommend them.
Once upon a time, they used to house sippy cups and toys, but now they’re mostly used as book storage.
Talking of which…
the boys have so many books!!
The old bookshelf that used to sit in the corner of the room was groaning — plus it took up so much valuable floor space.
Wall hung book-shelves are definitely the best solution. I remembered that in the kitchen of our old house, I’d used perspex display ledges to house all our spices; so revisited the same supplier who, thankfully, is still selling the same ones I’d used before.
They’re perfect for kids books!
The Reading Corner
The little shelves were the perfect solution to our book dilemma.
You can fix the shelves at any height you like, which means they can house books of all sizes.
And as the shelves are also fairly deep, you can fit quite a few books stacked on top of each other.
I love how the books take centre stage.
You barely see the shelves. They literally do display the books — almost like little works of art — and the books can be seen in all their glory.
To finish off our little makeshift ‘library’, I made a roof out of black electrical tape, which tied in nicely with the little constellation decals (from Etsy), that are scattered around the walls.
The boys love sitting on the beanbag, reading or playing on their Kindles.
I think they’re a little too young, at this point, to need a proper desk or workstation. But, in this transitionary phase, where they’re learning to do a little bit of homework or practice their reading, having a little dedicated space to sit has been brilliant.
Room To Grow
It’s amazing how different the space looks, with just a few changes.
Losing the old sideboard that used to take up the entire end wall has given us so much more space.
I thought we’d struggle with less storage but we’ve added a hanging rail in the wardrobe and the boys’ clothes are now split between that and a new chest of drawers from IKEA.
And the ‘monochrome’ inspired theme — which I worried may be too clinical for a child’s bedroom — works so well.
Whilst, it’s not quite the (Pinterest-worthy) 100% black and white scheme we initially planned, it works!
Pops of vibrant colour come from the prints on the walls, the fairy lights from Cable and Cotton and the boys’ artwork; which is displayed on a pair of little cloud shelves I bought from Flying Tiger.
It’s such a lovely change.
Fitting for my two little sons, who are also changing — and growing — so quickly these days.
And hopefully, this twin bedroom makeover will keep us going for another six years.
I almost don’t want to blink — in case I miss it — this past six has flown by.
Thanks so much to the Great Little Trading Co for providing me with the Sherwood bedside cupboards and zig-zag rug and bean-bag for the purposes of styling this post.
GLTC has loads more brilliant toy storage ideas and accessories for kid’s bedrooms; pop and have a look at their website.
I am proud to be a GLTC testing team member but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.