Bedroom Decorating Ideas: My Colourful Room!

colourful bedroom desk urban outfitters zigzag rug coathanger wall hangings red metal chair next lamp

My London Bedroom

It’s been a whole 6 months since I posted my new home wishlist but did I get my mits on any of the pieces and how have I end up decorating my new London rented room? As I sign my tenancy for another 6 months, I’m at last able to share how my room now looks! Ok so a bedroom is never really ‘finished’, but it’s at a point where stepping into my own space in the shared house makes me feel right at home!

Decorating a rented room can be a little daunting, those white walls staring at you and the countless potential furniture arrangements can leave you either getting nothing done or just throwing your stuff anywhere and hoping for the best. Luckily the experience of  Visual Merchandising at Liberty came in handy and although I took a couple of risks, I think I’ve got an arrangement that makes sense for me. There’s also the palaver of sourcing just the right items. Finding a desk that was ‘right’ was my most missionous task. *Perfectionist Alert!* After searching online and on Freecycle, a Facebook call-out led me to Elodie who, moving out, gave me hers!

colourful bedroom fun prints notonthehighstreet moha totes amaze balls

colourful bedroom sweets ikea geometric mug pot plant next white lamp

colourful bedroom frame as tray DIY candles storage solutions jars colourful bedroom accessories wooden boxes nook corner

colourful bedroom bookshelves orla kiely mug lomo camera cute accessories

hola! postcard initial coaster and mini palm plant on a glass desk

colourful bedroom shelves candles minnie mouse pen pot bright bazaar book

bedroom shelf wooden box with cute little succulent plants glass jar candles

Get your own bedroom decorating ideas!

So what bedroom decorating ideas can you take from my room? How about using big glass jars to keep your hair tongs or beauty bits in, or using a dolls house for shelves? The most Instagrammed part of my house is the wall above my desk which features posters and post cards hung up on my Grandma’s old wooden trouser hangers (which you can probably find in vintage shops) and a copper hanger which I picked up in my favourite shop in Sweden.

In terms of storage, I’m pleased to have the perfect sized boxes from ikea that tesselate neatly into my shelves, keeping everything tidy. I’m pretty obsessed with light so I’ve tried keeping some of my furniture white and hunted for lots of lighting! I’d always wanted a retro style floor lamp so this one and it’s sister table lamp from Next was a perfect nab.


Pinterest is my ultimate bedroom decorating ideas inspiration, obvs. Even after a couple of minutes, I was damn adamant I needed wooden trays, cacti and a marble table top. DIYs were my friends in my rather budget room. Spotting a tray idea led me to scouring local charity shops for the perfect mirrored frame and cute wrapping paper to make my own. My favourite item in my bedroom is without a doubt the amazing zig-zag print rug which was a generous pressie from my Besties. There’s no better was of hiding that yucky default rented room carpet!

Can you spot some of the items from my wishlist that I ended up getting for my room? Are you in the middle of moving in? Let me know how you got on!

colourful bedroom white vintage clothes rail and white wardrobe with dolls house white storage shelves

Urban Outfitters grid print bedspread white DIY drawers marble table top next lamp sliding windows summer bedroom

marc johns banana print cute mushroom plush toy tiger coathanger fun bedroom details
plants in your bedroom succulents cute ornaments on white shelves

marble table top turquoise storage box plants and perfumes in bright light bedroom window

shiny gold mug cute ornaments on shelf

inside wardrobe

white coat stand next

colourful nike trainers

Shop My Room!

Floor lamp, white desk lamp, coat stand and yellow candleNext / Gold mug and copper coathanger – Lagerhaus / Wooden trays, boxes, cacti, yellow bin, black & white mug – Ikea / Zig-zag rug and bedding – Urban Outfitters / Clothes rail – ebay / Books – Bright Bazaar, Adorn, Grace Coddington / Prints – Moha London / Red metal chair – Out There Interiors


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  • SJ September 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    I like that your love for colour runs through your wardrobe and your bedroom, too 🙂 My way of incorporating colour is a rainbow colour coordinated bookshelf in the living room. All my friends thought it was nuts at first but now it always gets compliments when anyone pops over for a cuppa!

  • laura redburn September 16, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    i love seeing in other peoples rooms! yours is as colourful as i’d expected 🙂

    • Lulu September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      I’d love to see yours Laura! 🙂

  • Kath Warren September 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Doll house storage? That is the greatest idea ever! You’re room is so beautiful! Kath x

    • Lulu September 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Thanks Kath! That dolls house was given to me when I was 3 years old and it’s still being used! 😉 x

  • winnie September 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Your room is actually perfect Lucy! I wish mine looked like this, love love the dolls house as storage, such a cute idea x

    • Lulu September 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Thanks lovely! What are you talking about – you have a cool room too! 🙂 x

  • Sian September 14, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Your room is gorgeous! I’m yet to have my own place, but I will definitely be using this post as inspiration for when I do! I The mixture of neutral tones and bright colours is lovely 🙂

  • katie September 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    it seems like you have every – thing in your room 😀 it’s so so damn lovely & colorful !

  • Maria September 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    I love your room, it is so YOU!

    Maria xxx

  • becky | accooohtrements September 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Rug twinsies!


    • Lulu September 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      haha YAY! Apparently a lot of people have it! I bloody love mine! 🙂

  • Jennifer September 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I love your room- it’s so happy and colourful! I’ve moved into yet another rented student house, and I actually really enjoy the yearly challenge of decorating a blank room with bits and pieces to make it mine.
    Jennifer xx

    • Lulu September 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Ah awesome! Yes it’s quite good fun isn’t it! What I like most is realising that actually there are lots of things you don’t use/need when they’re all boxed up – it’s a great way of ridding yourself of things and shining new light onto your fave pieces in a new room!

  • Lisa September 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    J’aime tellement ta chambre,j’ai énormement les touches de couleurs

  • Candice September 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Wow your room looks fabulous! Love the colours and the feeling of being in an artist room – lol.

    Mine is boring because I’m still living at my parents, but I’m soon going to move and rent a lovely place in Paris (or in Vincennes) and I can’t wait to decorate it!


    • Lulu September 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Hey Candice! WOW Paris will be awesome! that’s so exciting, best of luck decorating it! My bedroom in my parents house still looks like 14 year old me with lime green walls haha!

  • Saskia September 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Ughh decorating rented rooms can be such a pain. Especially when you share a house and therefore feel you have to stuff everything you own into your bedroom! I’m slowly decorating my new room as well. I like how your electic style even translates to your bedroom, it’s great to see you stamp your style on everything! 🙂

    Saskia /

    • Lulu September 13, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Thanks Saskia!

      YES oh my gosh that’s exactly it! I feel like I can’t really put things in the lounge or hall because other housemates might not like it or I’ll miss out on it. Such a weird one! I’m sure my room would be far less cluttered if I could! Hope you’re enjoying your home 🙂

  • Cindy (peeintothewind) September 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Everything about you is so colorful – from your blog, to your outfits, to even your room! I love your bright style, it definitely makes life a little more exciting. x

  • Joana September 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Your room is so lovely! Mine is quite boring right now but I’m sprucing it up little by little by adding personal touches like childhood photos on the wall, inspirational messages, bowls of jewellery in my chest of drawers, etc. I love yours so much though x

    • Lulu September 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Good plan Joana!
      It’s the little things afterall! I think I need to make sure that I constantly assess whether I like a space or use a space because we can so easily have a room that doesn’t actually work for us day to day. Already I think I need to rearrange! x