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A golden rule of decorating is that you need to have neutral elements (white, or wood) to let the eye rest. Here, the rule is turned upside down, with the simple bed taking a backseat to the more unusual wardrobe, chair and wall art.
An eclectic mix of styles doesn’t have to take up much room – in fact, sometimes a small space really highlights a wonderful blend of décor. This tiny bedroom, for example, combines Asian, retro, and rustic touches for a result that’s huge in personality and style. Another great tip for a small master bedroom: instead of bedside lamps, save space with pendant lights.
We wouldn’t necessarily have considered a bold green for a bedroom but when used on a feature wall in an otherwise neutral room and combined with some pretty floral bedding, it’s fresh and spring-like. We love it.
Looking for inspiration on how to decorate a small bedroom? Prepare to be overwhelmed with fantastic ideas. We’ve already shown you some contemporary bedroom design ideas, modern Swedish bedrooms and amazing ocean-view bedrooms; now it’s time to have a look at practical solutions for small homes.
Vincent Frey is the grandson of the eponymous Pierre Frey founder (and the current deputy manager of the French fabric and furnishing company). Vincent and his wife Bianca hired architect Marika Dru, an old school friend of Vincent’s, to work on their Parisian flat, although decided to decorate it – including son Vasco’s room – themselves. We love the mix of a grand painting with a quirky hanging basket.
There’s no denying that it’s the wallpaper that makes this room. The pretty, ditzy print used to paper the whole room is combined with classic white furniture and a pale cream carpet to ensure the overall scheme is not too busy.
Bold pattern adds character to the main bedroom in interior designer Karen Howes’s London flat. A porcelain lamp by Jonathan Adler illuminates the bedroom. This is the larch ‘Carnaby Flame Lamp’ with a handmade paper shade. It is available in a number of different colourways and costs £295. For a modern take on tie-backs, Karen’s team had the tassels dip-dyed so that they gradate from white to taupe. This is a bespoke service offered by Spina Design and prices start from £354 per tie-back. John Lewis also sells a dip-dye tie-back for £25.
House & Garden decoration editor Gabby Deeming collaborated with Harrods to create stylish window displays that illustrate smart schemes for modern living. Be inspired by this bedroom, which gives the four-poster bed a modern makeover thanks to bright colours and graphic prints against a white backdrop.
Despite several attempts at finding the perfect paint colour, designer Fiona Parke and owner Bodil Blain settled on ‘New Silver’ from Sanderson. A soft gold headboard, chevron throw and pink patterned cushions add personality to the soft, oh so chic scheme.
This is a simple and small bedroom in pink and white. The trundle bed with the side tables with pink knobs looks beautiful. The large window allows the sunlight to peep in and wake up your little princess.
Trudi Ballard, press officer of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler has decorated her elegant Marrakesh house in a combination of English country-house style with traditional Moroccan elements. A rug – a gift from a friend – brightens the scheme, while the raffia ceiling lights from Henry Cath are a unifying element that has been used in all the bedrooms. The light-filled house opens from a courtyard with a traditionally tiled, cloistered walkway to one side from which bedrooms lead off, each with its own terrace.
ACCESSORIES Star mobiles, ’11-3009-8′, 41 x 32cm diameter, €24.70 each, from Livingly. Present sack, ‘Letitia’ (bleu anglais), by Nicole Fabre Designs, linen, £100 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène. Foliage garland, as before. Throw, ‘Mimosa’ (delft), by Carolina Irving Textiles, linen, £152 a metre, from Redloh House Fabrics. Bedlinen, ‘Check’ (prussian blue), from £45 for a pillowcase; ‘Crushed Linen Fitted Bottom Sheet’, from £90; both from Volga Linen. Silk cushions, ‘Yellow and Black Check’, £40 each; and ‘Blue and Yellow Check’, £35 each; all from Pillo. Brass and glass carafe, £29, and tumbler, £15, both from Rockett St George.
Every room needs a splash of pattern. In this trendy pre-teen room, an accent of cheerful lavender wallpaper pops perfectly against crisp white furniture and built-ins. The pattern is repeated in the window coverings in the room. Colorful pillows and bedding pull in more colors from the girl’s bedroom wallpaper and tie the color scheme together. Finally, the area rug packs the last punch in this busy, but cohesive room. With wallpaper and patterns as fun as this, there’s no need for girl’s bedroom wall decor.
In the main bedroom of this vicarage in Hampshire, interior designer Max Rollitt has customised an antique four-poster bed found at auction, with a pretty scalloped frame. The wallpaper is ‘Adams Eden’ by Lewis & Wood.
ACCESSORIES Twentieth-century Ethiopian wooden pot, £350, from Bryan Reeves Tribal Gathering London. Iron and aluminium lamps, ‘Cloche’ (black), by Wrong for Hay, £189 each, from Do South Shop. Porcelain vase, ‘Shell’, by John Newdigate, £85, from The Conran Shop. Linen bedlinen, ‘Washed’ (chalk), from £48 for 2 pillowcases, from Larusi. Bedcover, ‘Garba’ (01), silk, £55 a metre, from Malabar; trimmed with ‘Palm Frond’ (lava black), by Mary McDonald for Schumacher, linen, 7cm wide, £88.20 a metre, from Turnell & Gigon. Raffia cloth cushions (top and at foot of bed), ‘Kuba’, £129 each, from The Conran Shop. Linen cushions with raffia trim, ‘Raphia’, £660 each, from Holland & Sherry.
A tiny swatch won’t do white paint justice. Nail your pick by coating a poster board with the potential hue, and see how it looks during the day and at night. Here, a warmer tone keeps the bedroom glam yet cozy.
So glad you like the ideas! Sadly I couldn’t find the tutorial that went along with that idea, but here is a link to a similar project with instructions: http://17shadesofmade.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/diy1/ hope that helps!
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Ett Hem in Stockholm must be one the most beautiful hotels in the world. Designed by Ilse Crawford of Studioilse, the traditional bones of the room, including the Swedish tiled stove in the corner, work beautifully with playful modern pieces. For a similar knitted pouf we recommend getting the real hand-made deal from Claire Anne O’Brien, who can take bespoke commissions.
Andrzej Zarzycki designed a space-saving bed in the spare room of this provençal holiday house. The piece has a desk area on one side and a bed with built-in side tables on the other. The set of four artworks on the wall is by Gary Hume, and are part of a special edition created for Louis Vuitton.
Owner Lavinia needs no introduction to regular readers of House & Garden, as she has been one of its legendary house finders since 1986. Between then and now, she has scoured the British Isles and beyond in pursuit of the best in interior decoration, and at last count has visited about 4,000 houses on behalf of the magazine. This is the first time that one of her own houses has featured here. ‘After all these years,’ she says with a laugh, ‘I thought, well, why not?’
In this glamorous bedroom at Soho House Berlin, furniture is scaled up for the vast rooms. (note the unusually tall headboard.) Designer Susie Atkinson chose bold colours: burgundy and Dorothy Draper-inspired turquoise.
If you’re lucky enough to have an original fireplace in the room, make a feature (and storage solution) out of it by filling it with soft toys. We love how they look like they’ve tumbled down the chimney. Of course the feature wood wallpaper, pretty wall print and quirky accessories on the mantlepiece up the style factor too.