Our bedroom is one of the few rooms in our house that I haven’t meticulously planned out and styled. I spent a lot of time figuring out a good sleeping arrangement since, when we moved, we were cosleeping with both kids. Our old queen wasn’t going to cut it and neither was upgrading to a king. (Both kiddos are major space hoggers.) I considered two cosleeping cribs (we had an IKEA-hacked version in our old place for Isabelle) but they’re just not that great for nursing a baby. You’re still going to have to take the baby onto the mattress to nurse and, if baby falls asleep while nursing, having to move him back into the cosleeper isn’t ideal. If the baby is just going to stay on the mattress, what’s the point?
So I started looking into family beds (basically giant beds made up of multiple mattresses that the whole family can sleep in). And, as fate would have it, our smaller bedroom (we turned the master into the kids room) fits two queen mattresses wall-to-wall. As in, a queen mattress is 152cm wide and our bedroom is 304cm wide. No joke. It fits exactly. No need to worry about bed rails. So we bought a second mattress as well as two basic metal frames, which was the only solution I could find to get our mattresses off the floor and was just a little narrower to accommodate the floor boards.
Once we got the beds put up, that was more or less it. I didn’t do much to the space. It served it’s purpose and it served it well. Nicolas has since moved to his crib since he sleeps better there at the moment. But Isabelle is still sleeping with us. She’s always needed someone nearby to feel safe and, I’m not going to lie, I love snuggling my kiddos at night, listening to them breathe, and just smelling that sweet baby sweat. I kind of want to bring Nicolas back into the bed for these exact reasons. Except I’ve most definitely learned my lesson of “do not mess with a good thing” when it comes to babies and their sleep. I am a big proponent of doing whatever the heck you need to get everyone the most amount of sleep. So baby in his crib and toddler in our bed it is.
To get a feel for the space, here’s a photo of what our bedroom currently looks like. (You can see the two mattresses butted up against each other in the middle there.) I’ve added a few extra pillows but that’s really it. So I’ve been perusing Pinterest lately for inspiration and, boy, have I found a lot. These here are seven of my favourite Scandinavian-inspired bedrooms. (The first two pictures are from this Swedish apartment, which is probably my all-time favourite interior. So much to love!)
I want to keep the space serene and calm, so I’m loving greys and neutrals, different textures in the form of throws and pillows, plus a little bit of wood mixed in. And hanging light bulbs. I don’t know what it is exactly about hanging lightbulbs but they’re just so perfectly unfinished, aren’t they? I’m also loving the little collages above one side of the bed. Or even just a single off-centre piece of art.
Which bedroom do you love most? What design elements do you think make for a perfect sleep space?