Dream a little dream… books in the bedroom


Hopefully you’ll have already read all about my sleep challenge and how it got me thinking about making some changes to my bedroom decor. Last Sunday I wrote about my plans to wallpaper the bedroom wall using book pages and here’s how I got on with putting the plan into action: Dream a little dream bedroom makeover project - bedside lights from BHS-6

I chose to use a mixture of three books along with some sheet music, which would give me a variety of sizes, texts, images and page colours – each book was slightly more aged than the last. It started off quite formally, working around the edges of the wall to make sure I had a neat edge, and then I began overlapping the pages and positioning the colours randomly as I worked across the room. diy book pages and sheet music wallpaper to decorate bedroomI found it easy to create “organised chaos” with the different sizes of paper, but my neat-freak husband was less keen on my ‘just slap it on’ approach! He did however agree that it was starting to look pretty good by the time we’d covered half the wall and we could really see the ‘patchwork’ of pages taking shape.

DIY wallpaper for bedroom makeover using pages from old books and sheet music

The books I used were a really old, yellowed Marilyn Monroe biography, a book on growing roses (which is where the rose images came from) and a book on feminism which had faded around the edges. I picked up these books from a charity shop, so I was happy to slice out the pages and I will probably read them more now that they are on the wall than I would ever have done before! I used postcard images from The Edwardian Lady’s Diary and choir sheet music with cute titles including “Oh hush thee, my babie” and “Oh, lovely voices of the sky”. I positioned the pages that meant the most to me on ‘my side’ of the bed, such as chapter 4 in the biography because 4 is my lucky number and the sheet music titled “I love to play among the flowers”.  I really liked how the end result turned out and am much more happy to have created my own version of the expensive book-page wallpaper without having to spend a fortune – plus I’ve got something completely unique to me!

diy book pages and sheet music wallpaper to decorate walls

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Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.


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  2. Hi Delma, Good question but no the pages aren’t washable – when I got them wet they peeled off the wall! Hope this helps 🙂

  3. I’m wondering if the paper pages on the wall are washable?

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  9. Hi Resty, it looks just the same, no problems with it all 🙂

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  11. How does it look after a year?

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  13. Hi Jen, I just used normal wallpaper paste to layer the pages on the wall 🙂 let me know if you have a go at doing it yourself!

  14. What did you use to glue the pages on to the wall?

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  22. I would be tempted to add pages every time I found another interesting one!

  23. Thanks so much, i keep adding extra pages to it, must stop and say its finished now! 🙂

  24. The book wallpaper looks great; very clever.

  25. Thanks, it makes the room feel more cosy too 🙂

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