The Home Of Great Ideas For More Than 100 Years
Thank you for signing up to . You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
'We moved here from south London as we were keen on the schools, transport links and greenery, but there wasn't much on the market at the time. With a toddler, a baby on the way and a buyer for our old house, we were getting a bit desperate,' says the owners.
They liked the idea of a project, but just couldn't find anything. When this house came on the market, it needed plenty of work, as the same person had lived here for 30 years. 'I was nine months pregnant with out daughter, so we planned to do things in stages instead of jumping straight in.' The owners added a kitchen-diner and settled into family life before deciding to convert the loft in 2016. 'This new space became our bedroom, and our old room at the front of the house was earmarked as the spare room, as we often have people to stay.'
Buy now: Sophie Conran Palais Spot wallpaper in silver, £80 a roll, Wallpaper Direct (opens in new tab)
Buy now: Paris bedstead, £550, Next (opens in new tab)
'I wanted to create a hotel-style feel and as I like most shades of grey and silver, I wanted to get plenty of those in.' While the changes that the bedroom needed would be more or less cosmetic, the en suite really was past its best, and no one wanted to go in there. 'I wanted our guests to have a pleasant showering experience, and with three children, there's always someone wanting a shower, so it was a waste to leave it,' she says. 'It's a small space, so I started researching compact toilets and vanity units.'
Buy now: Lamp, £249, Nordic Style (opens in new tab)
Buy now: Jasper grey bedspread, £69.99; square cushions, £12.99 each, Dunelm (opens in new tab)
The wardrobes were in good condition, as was the wooden furniture and the bedside tables, so the owner saved on their budget by painting them grey and adding new silver nickel knobs, which smartened everything up. 'I was thrilled to find a new bed with a silvery velvet headboard, which gives the room the wow factor, and I dressed the bed with a combination of crisp, white bedding and bedspreads and cushions in grey and silver.'
With the bedroom finished, it was time to sort out the en suite. 'I chose compact, neat sanitaryware, picking a vanity unit in grey gloss rather than white, and choosing a toilet that didn't stick out far, plus a large shower head and a sturdy shower door.'
'When it came to tiling, I saw some lovely grey tiles in my local tile shop. As I needed so few, I went for large-format ones on the walls and interesting uneven-edged tiles in the shower. I also got the builder to add chrome strips to zone the areas.'
'I bought a crate from my local Scandi shop, which I use to store towels and toiletries for guests. I also added some personal touches, such as framed photos, to make the room feel homely. Now, I have a guest suite I'm proud to show people, and they clearly appreciate our hard work, as they hardly ever seem to want to leave.'
Buy now: Crate, £25, Nordic Style (opens in new tab)
Will you be giving your bedroom a hotel-inspired look with soft greys and plush details?
Paloma Faith's Home Truths - discover what the singer loves about her home
Singer, songwriter and actress Paloma Faith gets up close and personal about what her home means to her
By Ginevra Benedetti
DIYer gave a dated kitchen a dreamy sage green makeover for under £200
A lifeless kitchen was given a serious glow-up thanks for some savvy budget hacks and charity shop buys
By Laurie Davidson
Coat hanging ideas – 10 clever solutions whether on display or tidied away
Keep outdoor wear under control with hooks, racks, hidden cupboards and more
By Jacky Parker