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Bedroom makeover: ‘I was brave with colour-blocking and it paid off!’

Nina Williams-Bruty used statement paint tricks and simple DIY ideas to transform her previously ultra-modern bedroom into a cosy, boho haven

Blue boho bedroom

Nina Williams-Bruty, 32, who shares her décor ideas on Instagram @bruty.abode, and her husband, Ryan Bruty, 34, bought their 1960s, three-bedroom detached house in Bury St Edmunds because they fell in love with the location. ‘Living this side of town was such a good move for us,’ says Nina.

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Inspired by YouTube tutorials, Nina painted a colour-block feature wall behind the bed to provide a bold contrast to the earthy palette in the rest of the room and make the ceiling seem higher
Inspired by YouTube tutorials, Nina painted a colour-block feature wall behind the bed to provide a bold contrast to the earthy palette in the rest of the room and make the ceiling seem higher

‘This house ticked a lot of boxes for our growing family.’ The previous owners had decorated the house from top to bottom in cream. ‘It was inoffensive, but every room looked the same,’ Nina explains.

Within months of moving in, the couple set to work painting the house in shades of grey. ‘It was supposed to be a temporary update, but we ended up living with the décor for five years,’ reveals Nina. ‘I was ready to start decorating again.’

Nina's bedroom makeover cost a total of £992
Nina’s bedroom makeover cost a total of £992

In April 2020, not long after her baby boy, Arthur, was born, Nina decided to give her bedroom a much-needed facelift. ‘We were in lockdown and spending more time at home, and I started to notice that areas of our home were in need of decorating.

‘Our bedroom felt flat and didn’t reflect my evolving style,’ she says. ‘As my son was napping during the day, I decided to use that precious time to dig out my paintbrush.’

‘Before starting, I planned out exactly what I wanted to do to this room,’ explains Nina. To draw attention to her teal colour-block centrepiece and tie in with the other dark accents, she added a black shelf with vases and a print from Desenio
‘Before starting, I planned out exactly what I wanted to do to this room,’ explains Nina. To draw attention to her teal colour-block centrepiece and tie in with the other dark accents, she added a black shelf with vases and a print from Desenio

Nina wanted to move away from grey walls towards lighter tones. ‘The bare bones of the room were all in good condition so it was a matter of decorating and styling the space.’

Nina layered textiles in white, cream and ochre for a super-cosy bed. Using neutral hues as her base means she can easily add others. ‘I like to mix up my bedding so the room feels different every time I make the bed,’ she says
Nina layered textiles in white, cream and ochre for a super-cosy bed. Using neutral hues as her base means she can easily add others. ‘I like to mix up my bedding so the room feels different every time I make the bed,’ she says

She was determined to do as much as she could herself, fitting it around childcare for her young son. She moved all the furniture into the middle of the room and got to work painting the walls and woodwork, built-in wardrobes and the windows in off-white to revitalise the space.

‘Instantly my room felt fresher and brighter within a day!’

Mix and match furniture like Nina for an eclectic feel. ‘We chose different tables in the same type of wood for a harmonious look,’ she says. She made the wall light from an IKEA bracket for designer-look lighting on a budget
Mix and match furniture like Nina for an eclectic feel. ‘We chose different tables in the same type of wood for a harmonious look,’ she says. She made the wall light from an IKEA bracket for designer-look lighting on a budget

The bedroom had previously been filled with furniture from her previous home. ‘We had lots of mirrored pieces from our old house, but it wasn’t my vibe anymore,’ says Nina.

‘My style had changed to reflect our new home and it felt too modern.’ Close by her new house, Nina found a fabulous discount furniture store where she bought her oak bedside tables and chest of drawers.

‘I invest in the bigger pieces, then look for inexpensive accessories that I can afford to replace over time,’ Nina explains, such as her £12.99 velvet footstool from Home Bargains
‘I invest in the bigger pieces, then look for inexpensive accessories that I can afford to replace over time,’ Nina explains, such as her £12.99 velvet footstool from Home Bargains

‘I loved the rich tones of the wood finish, and how grown-up they made my bedroom look,’ she says. She moved the old furniture into the guest bedroom to make space for their new pieces.

‘My décor style evolved from ultra-modern to a vintage-inspired look, with warm woods and soft textures.’

‘My décor style evolved from ultra-modern to a vintage-inspired look, with warm woods and soft textures' says Nina
‘My décor style evolved from ultra-modern to a vintage-inspired look, with warm woods and soft textures’ says Nina

Using masking tape and a spirit level, Nina marked out a geometric section on the wall that ran up and over onto the ceiling. ‘I watched loads of YouTube videos on colour-block painting.

The most difficult part was making sure my trusty Frog tape was applied properly. I discovered so many hacks, including using a credit card to score the edge of the tape.’ Nina chose a soft green-blue colour to complement the wooden furniture.

Cane and rattan pieces give Nina’s scheme warmth and texture. The vintage mirror was a £20 Facebook Marketplace find, and she’s picked out the cane detailing with a planter from Matalan
Cane and rattan pieces give Nina’s scheme warmth and texture. The vintage mirror was a £20 Facebook Marketplace find, and she’s picked out the cane detailing with a planter from Matalan

‘Lockdown was my colour-blocking phase,’ she jokes. ‘I’d done a few bits before in the rest of the house but nothing as brave as this! Making sure the lines were straight was a challenge.’

Decorating tip! Find artwork that picks out all of the colours you’ve used in your scheme, like Nina has with her Gustav Klimt canvas
Decorating tip! Find artwork that picks out all of the colours you’ve used in your scheme, like Nina has with her Gustav Klimt canvas

Nina was thrilled with the results. ‘It’s so light in here now and the panel of colour makes my ceiling look taller, too. It’s such a simple but effective trick.’

A shelf was then put up behind the bed to create a focal point, the curtain pole was replaced with white wooden slatted blinds and the carpet covered over with cosy rugs.

Nina’s room might look expensive, but she has a keen eye for a high street bargain, styling the bedside table with an H&M Home vase and a table lamp from Dunelm
Nina’s room might look expensive, but she has a keen eye for a high street bargain, styling the bedside table with an H&M Home vase and a table lamp from Dunelm

Next, Nina set to work styling her bedroom. A keen bargain-hunter, she scoured high street stores online for affordable homewares. Her best buy was her cane headboard, which she found on Facebook Marketplace for just £5.

‘I had to drive 40 minutes each way to go pick it up but it was worth it,’ she says. As a finishing touch.

Decorating tip! For a clean, crisp paint line, use good-quality masking tape, and fix the edge of the tape in place using a credit card
Decorating tip! For a clean, crisp paint line, use good-quality masking tape, and fix the edge of the tape in place using a credit card

Nina filled the space with faux and real plants to add leafy green colour to the space. It took her less than a week to transform her bedroom.

Nina loves nothing better than to relax in here now. ‘When all the decorating was done, I had this huge sense of achievement and pride in what I had created myself,’ she says. ‘This room feels very calm and tranquil. And I sleep so much better at night, too.’

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Feature and stylist Maxine Brady. Photos Rachael Smith. 

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