Bedroom makeover: ‘We needed a restful bedroom retreat’

Take a look inside Marnie Goodman's Scandi-style bedroom, layered in tasteful neutrals for a soothing sensation

A cool, calm colour palette was key to creating Marnie’s relaxing bedroom. Moodboards, swatches and paint samples ensured she got the exact look she wanted

Marnie Goodman has transformed her dull, dated bedroom into a calming, Scandinavian-style haven where she can fully unwind. Here, she tells her makeover story…

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My story…

We love a renovation project and we bought the house with that in mind. But by the time we moved in last year, I was several months pregnant with our daughter, Polly, so we had to get more organised.

Marnie chose a full-length mirror, which she’s leant against the wall, allowing her to move it around as and when she likes. A rustic rug and soft grey carpet add cosy comfort to the room
Marnie chose a full-length mirror, which she’s leant against the wall, allowing her to move it around as and when she likes. A rustic rug and soft grey carpet add cosy comfort to the room

We got to work on our bedroom first so that we would have a calming space that we could retreat to after a hard day, or if one of us just needed a few moments to relax.

Welcome to my home…

A bit about me I’m Marnie Goodman, 30. I live with my husband Jamie, 33, and our one-year-old daughter Polly in a semi-detached home in Tiptree, Colchester. 

My problem bedroom We moved in a year ago and inherited a very dated and old-fashioned bedroom with a fitted wardrobe in dark wood. It made the room feel dark and dingy, while the dated wallpaper had seen better days.

Marnie Goodman

We stripped the walls, removed the wardrobes and said goodbye to the grimy carpet. We did consider keeping the wardrobe, but decided against it as it was too bulky, and I really wanted room for a nice big bed.

Jamie removed all the old shelving in the cupboard and fitted rails to use as a wardrobe.

Layering up cushions, blankets and waffle bed linen in different tones and textures brings the bed to life, while a mix of fresh and faux plants helps to soften the space
Layering up cushions, blankets and waffle bed linen in different tones and textures brings the bed to life, while a mix of fresh and faux plants helps to soften the space

Because I wanted a Scandi feel, we opted for a pine door, which works much better with the furniture, and I kept the blind simple as I didn’t want it to distract from the natural textures.

A bit more about my home…

How I made it work I have a real thing for Scandinavian style and wanted a bedroom that felt light, bright and calming. We played around with the colour scheme and decided to go for a minimal look, having just a bed and a few accessories. We also turned the cupboard into our wardrobe and had the carpet steam cleaned.

My favourite part I love the blonde-wood bed frame and the matching set of side tables, as they really complement the soft colour palette we used on the walls. I also love the cosy feel from introducing lots of textures through bed linen, throws, cushions and accessories.

Marnie Goodman

We opted for tones of aqua green for the walls and went for a deeper shade on the wall behind the bed. The colour palette works well with the blonde wood Gjöra IKEA bed frame, which I had my heart set on.

I’ve put my own stamp on the room with macramé accessories, a homemade peg rail and the glass ceiling light, which really reflects well, along with the mirrors. I’m so glad I had this space as we waited for Polly.

It’s still my escape from the madness of the rest of the house.

My style advice…

Make your own peg rail to display accessories

Style advice - make your own peg rail to hang pictures, clothes and decorative accessories

‘I wanted a peg rail to hang pictures, clothes and decorative accessories,’ Marnie explains. ‘I couldn’t find one long enough so, as Jamie is really good at DIY, we decided to make our own. He made small holes in a long piece of soft light wood and then fixed in some dowels for the pegs.

‘For added interest we fitted loops of scrap leather below the dowels. We’re really pleased with the finished result. It cost very little, provides a great storage solution and is an easy way to jazz up a plain wall.’

Choose clever lighting

My style advice - choose clever lighting

Good lighting is essential in a bedroom, but Marnie wanted something fun and funky too. ‘I considered a bamboo or wooden shade, but I wanted something that would reflect the colour and light around the room,’ she explains.

‘I found this DIY ceiling light that’s made up of 12 glass baubles that can be grouped together in different ways. I wanted something elongated so it would hang nicely over the bed. The overall effect is fantastic and it adds to the softness of the room.’

Layer your bed with blankets for a Scandi feel

My style advice - Layer your bed with blankets for a Scandi feel

Marnie wanted to create a cosy feel for the space by incorporating lots of different fabrics. ‘I love texture and decided to layer the bedding with blankets and lots of light linen bed sheets for that Scandi feel.

‘I struggled to find some nice throws, but I did find a gorgeous checked-linen tablecloth in the H&M Home sale so decided to use that on the bed too. It’s large enough and really works well with the rest of the room’s colour scheme.’

Shop the look…

Gjöra double bed, £199; Björksnäs bedside tables, £70 each; Skogsta bench, £40; Ranarp clamp spotlight, £19, all IKEA. DIY pendant, £94, Nordic Nest. Walls painted in Valspar Premium Blend V700 Grey Embrace and Natural Flow, £29 for 2.5L, B&Q. Tassel macramé cushions, £22 each; Square Waffle duvet cover and pillow set, £50, all Next. Rug, from £29.99, TK Maxx. Wedding etch print, from £40, Flossie and Co. For a similar throw try the chenille blanket in Dusky Pink, £17.99; cushions from a selection, £5.99, all H&M Home. Macramé bunting, £30, Opal & Topaz Designs. For a similar blanket, try the chunky knitted throw, £70, M&S. Black pin handles for doors, £20 for two, Amazon. Helsinki sheepskin rug, £20, Dunelm.

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