Our attic room was used as a storage space since we moved in – boxes and boxes of just STUFF. Seriously, it is mind-boggling just how much stuff we can accumulate over the years. So my main resolution this year was to reduce all this – give to charity, sell, recycle or bin anything that was surplus to our needs. As the boxes reduced, I saw more and more of the magnolia covering the walls and ceilings of this space. I’ll be honest, I have such a loathing for magnolia. It’s insipid and deadens anything placed against it. Utterly uninspiring. The previous owners just loved it 🙄.
It was time to get rid of it. For the walls, I wanted a colour in the blue-green-grey spectrum, with white (Dulux Pure Brilliant White) on the sloping ceilings to keep the room feeling light and bright. If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember me deliberating between my final two paint choices –
I landed on Zoffany Prussian, a gorgeous colour rather similar to Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue except a couple of shades lighter. Serendipitously, a paint company sent me a £25 voucher for filling in a survey and they also had a sale on at the time on their Zoffany paints so I was able to buy a 2.5 litre pot of Prussian for £11! Result!
We already had office furniture – 2 white desks with drawers from the IKEA ALEX/LINNMON range and swivel office chairs bought nearly a decade ago and still going strong. It’s all super-practical so we have no reason to think about replacing it. The desks went side by side along one wall – one for me, one for my husband.
The only new purchases here were the lovely mint desk lamp from Made.com and a roll of cheap and cheerful floral sticky back plastic from Søstrene Grene which I used to cover my magazine folders. Everything else I already had. (Let’s not worry about fully showing my husband’s desk as I may have shoved all the mess from my desk onto his for the photos. 😬)
Now for the fun part – the kids’ side! There’s a funny thing about young kids – they have to be where you are. It doesn’t matter if they have cool playrooms or bedrooms, THEY HAVE TO BE WHERE YOU ARE. So for us to have a chance of getting any kind of work done up here, we needed to provide a little setup for them to do their colouring. Their space is along the opposite wall, which looked like this just before I got the Prussian on it –
And now it looks like this –
I also bought a MOSSLANDA picture ledge and a SPONTAN magnetic board from IKEA. The kids have lots of brightly coloured stuff, so to reduce the visual noise, I painted these two items to match the walls. (I used this method to prime, paint and varnish them.) For task lighting, I went with JANSJÖ copper clamp lights on either side. Gotta love IKEA. 😀
Quick note: small magnets are not recommended for children under 3 years old as they are a choking hazard, but my toddler doesn’t put objects in his mouth so it’s not a concern for me.
I’m so happy with the transformation! The wall colour is really beautiful and totally makes the space. It makes me smile every time I go up there. The kids love ‘working’ up here too. Here’s hoping that lasts so I can start to be more productive!
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