Rockabilly on a budget: room makeover

rockabilly interior design

As a give-away price on Facebook last year I offered to create a free design for someone’s room of choice and I was delighted to be asked to come up with ideas for a living room in a wonderful old house Laurencekirk, Scotland. They fancied some ‘rockabilly interior design’!

High ceilings, lots of character – and a very inspiring interior already. The owners, artists and musicians, had already decorated their home in a fabulously creative way. The room featured colourful and full of vintage finds, including a vintage radio collection and a 1960s record player. I found it quite a challenge to add to this!

room makeover ideas


Probably the most eclectic room I have done so far, I decided to mainly focus on storage and making the room look a bit more ‘together’, using the pieces that were already there. I also wanted to change the wall colour to give the room a bit more wow factor without losing the wonderful bohemian vibe that was present in the house.


  • Colours: duck egg/teal and red (‘vintage rockabilly’)

  • Shelving in the alcoves around existing fireplace.

  • New sofa, table and possible accessories.

  • Storage for kids toys and books.

  • Piano, rug and fireplace artwork are staying.


Have a look at the Pinterest board and what ideas came up with: Pinterest board

fifties colour scheme


low budget, grand plans

The budget was very low, more like next to nothing, so I had put my upcycling and second-hand buying hat on. I really pulled out all the stops to come up with cost-effective solutions. As their old Ikea sofa was really on its way out, I managed to source a gorgeous vintage leather chesterfield sofa in the process for an absolute bargain. This is now taking pride of place in the room. The shelving in the alcoves are going to be scaffold planks.

Duck egg blue with red accents

To add to the rockabilly interior design style, I chose a duck-egg/teal blue for the walls. On the wall at the far end I imagined a nice red floral wallpaper, as a contrast with some heavy blue velvet curtains. A wooden crate on wheels holds toys, with a soft sheepskin rug beside it to play on. A couple of knitted pouffes function as additional seating, that can be moved around the room. A slim drawer unit fits in between the piano and the sofa for additional storage and to put a plant or table lamp on. The artwork above the sofa could include a changing exhibition of kids drawings, framed vintage fabrics, photographs or prints.

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