How to create a concrete effect wall

Who doesn’t dream of a cool warehouse bedroom?  Whilst I am unable to give you the beautiful large windows (or the warehouse!) I can offer a few tips on how to achieve the relaxed and minimalist styling that you would expect to see in this type of setting. This particular shoot is from the November issue of HomeStyle magazine (out now)  and is one of 3 bedroom looks.

I’m a big fan of the ‘exposed’ and ‘distressed’ look that appears when stripping back old paint or wallpaper but the reality is that it never turns out like the trendy boutique hotels such as Rough Lux in Kings Cross. Fear not as we can show you how to create a concrete effect wall.

You will need two paints, a light putty shade and a darker grey. Start by applying a few coats of the lighter colour, when dried use a roller to apply a very light covering of the darker shade. If you are worried about pressing too hard then just build up several light layers and keep going until you have the desired effect.

Our soft and muted colour scheme combines pale pink, faded greys and mid-tone creams.  Natural materials are key and wooden floors are ideal. The more texture the better as they sit beautifully against the concrete wall. The wooden stool is a good alternative to a bedside table and the pretty rattan basket can be used for storing magazines or throws.  Round rugs can help to make a scheme feel softer and in our case, the circular shape mirrors that of the basket and wooden stool.  We finished the look with a simple glass shade which contrasts nicely against the textured wall. The beautiful photography is by Jo Henderson.

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Homestyle bedroom, loft style bedrooms, warehouse bedroom, jo henderson, Homestyle magazine, neutral bedroom scheme, linen bedding

Homestyle bedroom, loft style bedrooms, warehouse bedroom, jo henderson, Homestyle magazine, neutral bedroom scheme, linen bedding

Eliza Bed, Button & Sprung / Flooring, Carpetright / Paint, Valspar / Glass pendant, basket and stool, Idyll Home / Rug, Graham & Green / Knit cushion, HOF / Pom Pom cushion, M&S / Herringbone throw, John Lewis / Frames, Ikea / Owl print, Tesco