ACCESSORIES Fifties abaca-rope table lamp, by Audoux-Minet, £3,200, from Rose Uniacke. Linen bedlinen, ‘Selena’: king-size flat sheet (ciment), £204; pillowcases (ciment), £51 each; and king-size duvet cover (cèdre), £315; all fromCaravane. Embroidered linen cushion covers, from left: ‘Neptune’ and ‘David’, £85 each; stitched cotton quilt, ‘Eeji Beeji’ (white/indigo), £450; stoneware mug, ‘Everyday’ (black), by Emma Lacey, £27; aluminium and fabric wireless speaker, ‘Copenhagen’, by Vifa, £549; all from The Conran Shop.
Crete a truly multi-purpose room that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Our favourite part? The bright yellow painted floor and matching lampshades – because a room like this should be colourful and fun.
Heidi Lightfoot and Steve Gibbons wanted a mid-century house and found this Thirties house in rural Hertfordshire. Built in 1936 by the renowned public sector architect Mary Medd, Sewell’s Orchard was apparently unpopular with the locals at the time, who likened its monopitch roof and pared-back design to that of a factory. This neutral spare room is brightened up with the addition of prints and a lively geometric blanket.
Keep the overall palette calm and soft with different shades of warm grey on the walls, floor and furniture. A burst of yellow on the pillowcases and occasional bedroom chair keep the look vibrant without becoming too much. Embroidered and patterned cushions in black and white are a pretty finishing touch.
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.
This is the one bedroom at the tiny Central Hotel & Café in Copenhagen, in the Vesterbro neighbourhood. The room necessarily makes use of the tiny space and even tinier windows, but the green walls with wooden accents adds plenty of interest to a potentially boxy bedroom.
Your choice of headboard can really set the tone for the style of the room. This quirky, black armchair-style board is complemented with unique lighting and furniture, and almost unexpected pops of colour.
You may consider selecting a theme for your teenage bedroom as it keeps you focused and allows you to work on details. Hobbies and sports, celebrities, rock stars, cars, etc are few themes extremely appreciated by the teens. Irrespective of the theme you are selecting, ensure to select the wall color bright and inspiring. Stripes, checks, and mural designs are also known to work very well on the walls.
Love Scandinavian style? The combination of crisp whites and cheery colours lends itself well to a kids’ room. Start with white-washed floors and furnishings, then add bright pops of colour with cushions and bedding. Don’t forget quirky-yet-fun accents, like this hanging bird mobile.
Planes, trains and automobiles: the duvet covers, wall stickers and underbed boxes all draw on this theme. Good storage ensures the room is kept tidy but a simple chalk/pin board allows for a little creativity and a place to display treasured possessions.
Personally I like a child’s room not to have a theme, instead adding decorative touches, so that they can grow with the room. I tend to always steer towards bright pastels and pattern for children, I think it brightens a room and makes them feel clean but cool at the same time. The photo shows a beautiful bedroom for a little girl. I love how it is totally neutral whilst colourful – this room could happily be for a girl or boy of any age. My top picks for a children’s room would always be second-hand furniture painted in beautiful colours, bright simple bed linen, key timeless decorative pieces that can be passed down, photos or artwork to reflect their personalities and loads of storage. Image Credit
A dash of vintage, a sprinkle of whimsy and a drop of contemporary all seamlessly intertwined into this gorgeous kid’s room styled by Petite Vintage. The easy to reach storage space makes it easy to tidy up and keep things in their place. Plenty of floor space allows for freedom to move, play and imagine, and the bed frame creates a creative space within a space where dreams are made. The colours used are striking and pleasant and the warmth of the light enhance the colours and soften the geometric lines of the bed frame and the carpet. My tips for decorating a children’s bedroom would be to remember that fairy lights are not just for Christmas – use them in a child’s room to create a dreamy atmosphere and to not be afraid to mix vintage and contemporary styles. Image Credit
Create a simple canopy without a four-poster. Measure a piece of fabric to suspend over the length and width of the bed. Sew (or use fusible web) side panels along the corners of the fabric. Suspend over the corners of the bed with hooks screwed into the ceiling.
This bedroom by Samantha Pynn is my dream bedroom! The soft colour palette with the simple design gives this room such a relaxing feel, while the blue floral ceramic stool and pillows add another dimension to the room, and keep it from feeling too soft. The sheer curtains let in lots of light, keeping the room lovely and bright.
The main bedroom in Susan Deliss’s country house in France has a simple headboard made from an antique suzani. The bed is spread with an antique quilt, hand-dyed by Susan with indigo. She has mounted an antique Ikat textile to create an artwork for the wall.
Have a small space? This kids’ room designed by Eve Mercier packs a lot of punch. Housed in a petite family home (a former artist’s studio in Chelsea), this multi-purpose room includes a loft bed, two wall-mounted benches that transform into beds (bed-linen is concealed below), and a third, drawer bed (pictured here) which slides out when needed.
How about a minimalist bedroom that will wish you sweet dreams? A bedroom that pleases your senses after a long and busy day. A space that is a balm for the soul of its residents, which creates a sense of sanctuary amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A Zen space with a subtle extravagant touch in the form of a marble wall which acts as a blank canvas for other features. A focal point in a form of a cosy bed upholstered with a nice, soft fabric enriched with two asymmetric lamps giving the space an usual and interesting look. There is a large walk-in wardrobe, to the right of the bed, allowing residents to keep the space nice and tidy – perhaps apart from a couple of great books laying around here and there. But who wouldn’t love to lay down on this bed with a good read? Image credit
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.
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In fact, your small bedroom may be a blessing for a better night’s sleep. The American Sleep Association recommends keeping stimulating activities out of the bedroom. They warn that distractions like TV, internet, and work can disrupt your sleep patterns. So, the less there is to do in your bedroom, the more sleep you set yourself up for. How’s that for smart design?
The children’s bedroom at the Playa Grande Beach Club is furnished with twin canopy beds dressed in a playful mix of pretty, sophisticated fabrics. The bed canopies are an easy bit of decorative DIY to recreate at home – simply wire a length of fabric to the ceiling of the room. Vintage leather trunks at the foot of the bed are the perfect place for chucking toys at the end of the day.