The main bedroom and en suite in this barn conversion in Kent follows a calm-inducing minimalist scheme. The walls of both rooms have been painted with Little Greene’s ‘French Grey Pale’. Rustic touches such as the cow skin rug, wooden stool and exposed brick wall add textural interest to the overall look.
Listen. I’m seventeen and frankly I don’t know anyone my age who’d actually like one of these rooms (no offense). They all just seem so busy and cluttered. I admit, the loft is totally awesome and having a bathroom in my room would be a dream come true, but next time, try designing something more simplier. That way the teen can decorate it with things THEY like. Sorry for the harsh criticism. 😛
Baby nurseries don’t have to be swathed in pastels and animal motifs. For a more sophisticated look, start with a foundation of warm and soothing grays, and use geometric or abstract patterns. In this nursery, a single pattern on the window treatments and bed skirt furthers the minimalist vibe. Look for ways to take advantage of every nook in a kid’s rooms. Here, a changing table tucks perfectly into a small alcove, leaving more available floor space.
Born in America, interior designer Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay started her working life in New York, cutting her visual teeth as a fashion stylist on Elle magazine, before becoming art director for some of Manhattan’s most celebrated retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale’s. Her stylist’s eye has remained one of her undoubted assets, giving her the confidence to compose sophisticated medleys of pattern, colour and texture. ‘In this house, we definitely went maximalist,’ she says. ‘We used layer upon layer.’ The wallpapers are ‘Clouds Sonic’ by Aimée Wilder and ‘Tile’ by Cole & Son, while the ‘Libra’ zodiac cushion is from Jonathan Adler.
‘We loved the cool, pared-down style of a house belonging to a Swedish art collector, which we had seen in a magazine,’ says the owners of this west-London terrace home. Enter designer Hugh Leslie. The top floor of this west-London is devoted to the children, with the son’s room in off-white and the daughter’s in soft green, plus a bathroom on the half-landing. Hugh’s talent for joinery is evident here as well: tongue-and-groove recesses frame the children’s beds, with capacious cupboard space on either side.
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Ensure it’s spring all year around with a fresh, zesty green colour scheme. Don’t be fearful of combining patterns and prints in the same colour but this is best applied in smaller touches – one feature wall, one piece of furniture and textiles added to a neutral base.
This quiet and comfortable reading spot lies in one of the spare bedrooms of this perfect country house, decorated by interior designer Veere Grenney. The owners recognise how lucky they were to find such a large home in such pristine condition and squandered no time in filling it with the possessions they love, like this floral, low back armchair and geometric rug in complementary shades of green.
A bright aqua bed frame pops against the lighter shade of the accent wall for a lovely color effect in this girl’s bedroom. A coral dresser is a great feminine touch while a mix of pillows adds an array of colors for a bright and fun finish.
With a wall-length desk and copious storage space, this teen bedroom is both stylish and totally functional. Accent pieces in soft primary colors bring cheery life to the classic white walls and muted carpet.
This is my ideal bedroom style, I love the use of soft and subtle tones with small injections of colour such as the yellow used in bedside accessory bowl and the brass used on those gorgeous twin wall lamps. Whilst the room is light, with a large window, the space is warm and welcoming with the help of a plush throw, soft sheets and a complementing headboard to the bed. Image credit
Fabric, ‘Toile Rivière Enchantée’ (corail), by Charles Burgerlinen/cotton, £106 a metre, at Turnell & Gigon. Skirting, ‘Light Blue’, £36 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, at Farrow & Ball.Wallpaper(in bedroom), ‘Dragged’ (1214), £60 a 10-metre roll, at Farrow & Ball. Metal half-tester, ‘Laurel’, 11 x 74 x 42cm, £89, at Oka. Bed curtain, ‘Rayures Nantes’ (blue), by Clarence House, linen/cotton, £276.80 a metre, at Turnell & Gigon, lined in ‘Lining Stripe’ (black), cotton, £19.50 a metre, at Ian Mankin.
In the main bedroom in Hannah Cecil Gurney’s London flat has hand-painted silk cushions and a Burmese lamp pick up on the green in the ‘Badminton’ wallpaper by de Gournay, the wallpaper company her father founded in 1986.
Many people believe that a small room has to be painted white or a very pale pastel, but in reality, dark colors make the walls visually recede, increasing the perceived size of the space. And if that isn’t reason enough to consider going dark on your walls, then just take a look at the sophistication, serenity, and beauty of the deep purple walls here. Dark gray, navy or indigo blue, or dusky dark green are equally restful and lovely.
I all honesty, I don’t see how this is supposed to help make the most out of a small room. First of all, they just look like normal bedrooms. And anyay, I guess it’s not what I googled for. The reason I was looking for a post on how to maximize on small room space is because right now my bedroom is also my living room is also my office. I live in NY and I am SURE I am not the only person with this sort of living arrangement. Real estate costs. And quite frankly we are paying for every cubic inch of space in a room here in the city, meaning loft beds and over head storage and really anything and everything to maximize on space and provide order to a multi-purpose room. I don’t need to make my small space LOOK bigger. For what? I need it to feel functionally bigger, since I can’t actually have it bigger.
In this north London house, designed by Caroline Holdaway, the light wall panelling and white bedlinen act as a foil for various patterned Celia Birtwell fabrics in the main bedroom. The owner Paul says, ‘It’s the most lovely house to wake up in. We never completely lower the bedroom blinds, so we wake up with the light. spring, the views are of blossom, in summer of leaves, in winter the sky.’
Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay, the owner of this Victorian country house in Shropshire has enhanced the interiors of this grand property with her signature mid-century aesthetic without compromising original features. This bedroom features panels of tropical Pierre Frey wallpaper and a matching tropical-themed lampshade. Plain bedding allows the leopard print headboard to take centre stage.
The colour coral is back in vogue. According to Josephine Bennett, head of design at Laura Ashley, warm tones of sable with touches of coral give a subtle and slightly less feminine feel to this colour scheme. We like.
Hey Ashley! That is super exciting! Try searching recycled crafts on our site for some ideas. Also, remember that you can paint or spray paint pretty much anything to make it match your color scheme. Hope that helps a little!
This kid’s room by member of The List Room to Bloom features subtle dusty purple and gold accents against a neutral colour palette (see our white room ideas and how to use white paint). This design shows how to create a child’s room that is both magical and quite ‘grown-up’, which means there will be no need for a complete redesign within a couple of years.