‘Scandinavians live for light. Inside Scandinavian houses it is summer all the time,’ says designer Lars Bolander in his book Scandinavian Design (Vendome Press). It is certainly true in his little 1800s farmhouse in Sweden. The home took a year to renovate, including breaking through the original chimney to create a fireplace in the main bedroom. The furniture is a mix of Swedish and English, while the walls are lined with ‘F124 Forget-me-not Spring in Pink’ from Chelsea Textiles.
Maximising light and space was essential to show the owner’s post-war art and sleek French art deco furniture to their best advantage in this elegant Pimlico flat. In the bedroom nineteenth-century photographs bought from Portobello Market hang above the bed, while built in bookshelves flank the windows.
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Even when the day is pure chaos, your bedroom is the one place where you should always be able to go and regroup — no kids, no electronics (although they usually find a way to force themselves in anyway). Still, you can at least give yourself home court advantage by choosing decor you love. These easy, inexpensive ideas should be a good start…
On the hunt for gorgeous bedroom ideas? We spend around one third of our lives in bed, so it seems only fitting that our bedroom should be as beautiful as possible. Being the most private and personal room in a home means your bedroom decor can be as wild and wonderful as like. It’s a chance to really reflect your individual style and create a look you absolutely love.
Known for their restoration of historic buildings in Scotland, conservation architects Nick Groves-Raines and Kristin Hannesdottir relished the challenge of saving Lamb’s House in Leith, where they now live and work.
Richard Taylor and Rick Englert have built a Jacobean-style manor at Whithurst Park in Sussex. It took a year to get planning permission and two more to build. The result bears some of the signatures of the prodigy houses built in the era, such as Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire and Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. This spare bedroom on the second floor has a four-poster canopy bed and moulded fireplace in keeping with the manor’s Jacobean look.
Tween girls are known for taking a major interest in fashion. Play up the runway by using fashion fabrics for her room’s upholstery. While this pair of Louis armchairs is upholstered in violet velvet, it’s made fresh with pillows sewn from women’s dress fabric in a flame-stitch pattern.
House & Garden decoration editor Gabby Deeming has created a relaxed summer-holiday feel with a Mediterranean-inspired selection of wood and antique metal furniture. The oiled-oak ‘Clyde’ side table, is £550 from Pinch, while on the floor, the blue striped cotton dhurrie rug is from a selection at Guinevere antiques.
Bedroom ideas? We’ve got them all. Whether you live in a grand country pile or a tiny flat, the House & Garden archive is your one-stop-shop for bedroom design and bedroom decorating ideas from the world’s best interior designers (take a look at our Top 100 if you want to know who they are). Redesigning your bedroom doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul. Sometimes a tweak, like new bedding or lighting hanging pictures or a new headboard, can make a dramatic difference. So take a look at these easy-to-steal bedroom decorating ideas…
These are some really great designs for anyone with smaller bedrooms! A lot of people choose to go with less or smaller furniture, in order to maximize floor space. But I’ve always preferred some of the ideas put forward here, like full-wall shelving and other ways to maximize space.
Blue and white striped walls make this room feel bigger, a clever effect that is strengthened by the matching headboard. The subtle nautical style with industrial touches seems particularly fitting for a bedroom in this Victorian water tower conversion.
WALLS Paint, ‘Azurite’, £41.50 for 2.5 litres natural emulsion, from Edward Bulmer Natural Paints. Framed vintage print (left), 85 x 115cm, £850, from William Yeoward. Framed lithograph, Surrounded Islands, by Christo and Jeanne Claude, 75 x 110cm, £1,200, from Wilson Stephens & Jones.