Greens and blues are a soothing choice, as they help to relax body and mind, particularly when used in paler tones. That said, dark colours such as warm grey, midnight blue or even black can create an intimate, cosseting feel that’s perfect for a bedroom. A white bedroom scheme, on the other hand, has a light, carefree feel that can help you to unwind at the end of a busy day.
This eclectic yet restful bedroom layers bold paint colours and vintage furniture with pretty, pastel prints. The wallpaper is ‘Birds’ (midnight) by Galbraith & Paul, 89cm wide, £124 a metre, at Tissus d’Hélène.
If like this bedroom you have low ceilings, don’t be fooled into thinking you need to paint the whole room a bright white. A contrasting lighter colour on the ceiling can actually increase the feeling of height. This dark blue feature wall looks fantastic with the white washed floors and cream and blue textiles. No room for a bedside lamp? Steal this clever trick of low hanging ceiling lights instead.
Originally Rita’s room before the expansion of her London flat, this single spare bedroom would make a wonderful kid’s room thanks to its unique and quirky design. The curtains are in ‘Broadcloth’ felt from Hainsworth and the walls are lined in Tyler Hall’s ‘First Bloom’ wallpaper from Tissus d’Hélène, with a Guatemalan tapestry that Phil brought back from his travels.
We often think bold and bright when we think of kids’ bedrooms but softer hues can be calming. Pick three tonal hues like the blue, green and cream here and carry them through from wall paints to furniture and accessories.
During the initial design stages we find it interesting to focus on one key piece and use its colours, look and feel as a starting point for inspiration – this could be anything from a statement painting to an antique rug. Image credit
Prior to this tween girl’s bedroom redesign, the walls were covered in bright lilac paint, which gave it more of a little girl’s identity. In order to make it cool enough for a tween yet classic enough for parents, the space would be painted a dark shade of violet, the dated wall-to-wall carpet would be replaced with gray-toned vinyl plank flooring and the childish furniture would be swapped out for colorful vintage pieces.
Think outside the box (or four walls) when it comes to paint colours for your bedroom. A rich forest green would normally be seen in a living room or dining room, but it adds a grown-up glamour to a bedroom.
Make a classic color scheme little-girl friendly with a splash of citrus. In this traditional blue and white bedroom, fun accents of orange add pop. The major elements in the room—the wall, the bed, and the side table—are in blue so the space remains restful.
If your ultimate goal is “cozy,” then work different textures into the décor. Stick with classic patterns (tartan plaid, checks) and introduce different colors with the bed linens, walls, and accessories.
‘Cottage Cubed’ – remodel of a 25sqm fisherman’s cottage. A large plywood cube of storage was constructed. The top of which is a sleeping platform. The faces of the cube are the staircase and kitchen. The interior of the cube contains a bathroom and utility. Cottage Cubed was completed in 2012 by DMVF Architects. www.dmvf.ie. Photos by Ros Kavanagh.
From their first glimpse of this country house in Norfolk, its owners were captivated and, with the help of interior designer Veere Grenney, have put their stamp on it. In a glorious honeycomb of rooms for the youngest member of the family, there are enough small beds for the most riotous of sleepovers. In this bedroom ‘Belvedere’ linen in ‘Straw’ by Veere Grenney Associates has been used on the walls and bed draperies. The delicate colour amplified by sunshine yellow blankets.
The rustic trend – bare brick walls, exposed lightbulbs and distressed finishes – started in restaurants. Want to get the look at home? Use a variety of textures along with a vibrant accent colour such as red or turquoise.
WALLS Fabric, from left: ‘Nairobi’ (sable), linen mix, 140cm wide, £148.80 a metre, from Pierre Frey; ‘Moorea’ (lava black), by Mary McDonald for Schumacher, jute mix, 137cm wide, £265.20 a metre, from Turnell & Gigon.
It was fitting that a nautical colour scheme of blue and white was chosen for this fisherman’s cottage in Cornwall. If you’re afraid of mixing pattern, start with stripes. (And check how to mix pattern.) A variety of sizes in the same colour adds interest, yet fits with the calm atmosphere of a bedroom.
Henry Bikerton, the director of antique and reproduction fireplace company Jamb, revived his traditional Victorian townhouse with carefully chosen elements of English country house style. He shares this bedroom with wife Sophie and his home with his two children. You’d never guess this room once so darky and dingey because the previous occupier had blacked out the windows with pizza boxes! Now the he windows are adorned with crewel curtains, originally made by the interior designer Hugh Henry and salvaged from a skip.
Before moving in, the owners asked the interior designer, architectural historian and natural paint expert Edward Bulmer for his help. ‘Edward has a marvellous eye,’ says the owner. ‘We worked with him at our previous home. He has a great feel for colour and he is fantastic at arranging furniture and pictures.’
Inspired by masterpieces, our decoration team paired tactile and luxurious textures in deep velvets with bedlinen decorated with roses. A low-hanging, Oriental-style lamp illuminates the centre of the room, which, in the morning, is flooded with light from the huge window. The result is an astonishingly effective and achievable mix of opulence and simplicity.
Grey curtains complement ebony drawer units in this smart bedroom designed by Anthony Collett. The room is rich with character, including sound-absorbing, fabric-lined walls, which add texture, and an upholstered, padded wall, inspired by a Ben Nicholson painting, acts as dramatic headboard. John Spencer Joinery made most of the furniture in the bedroom, notably the ebony and sycamore drawer units. It’s a daring space: sophisticated yet welcoming.
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