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How to create bedroom wall panelling on an £80 budget

White 03 Bedroom Panelling by @edwardian_love

WordsNina Bragg


Esin (@edwardian_love) is 37 years old and lives with her husband, two sons and their ragdoll cat, Bleu. She works as a photographer by day, and admits to a serious DIY addiction in her spare time. Their beautiful, monochrome home is a 1900s Edwardian, semi-detached property based in Hertfordshire – where they have lived for two years now.

Only recently, Esin revealed a full transformation of her eldest son’s loft-space bedroom, and has kindly offered to share her design process with us, too…

Before the makeover

Her eldest son’s bedroom had initially been decorated with a superhero theme, featuring lots of Marvel characters and primary colours. He had outgrown the theme, and was looking for something a little more ‘grown-up’.

“He had started to complain that his bedroom wasn't grown up enough for him anymore, and had stopped playing with his superhero toys over a year ago. As much as it broke my heart, as a mum, to know that my eldest son was growing up fast, I knew it was time for a change”.

The focus of the room has always been the chimney breast and triangular statement wall, which runs straight up into the roof. Previously covered in a superhero poster wallpaper, Esin knew she wanted to create another feature wall, which could provide an oversized bedhead and backdrop to the space. With it being the first thing you see as you enter the bedroom, she wanted it to have the ‘wow’ factor.

Child's Bedroom before Panelling @edwardian_love - Blog

Planning & inspiration

When searching for inspiration, Esin didn’t need to go far. In previous DIY projects, she had used wooden battens to create a 3D effect against the walls in her kitchen and cinema room – and her son had always loved these designs.

“He really wanted to remove the wallpaper, so we knew that would be the first thing we did. He’d suggested a ‘wood effect’ on the walls, like we had downstairs – so, I would say my son was definitely my inspiration for this project!”

When searching for colours, Esin wanted to go for something that could stand the test of time. Something warm and cosy, with a mature vibe that he could enjoy for many years to come. She had a colour consultation with one of our specialists, and was recommended ‘White 03’ for the job.