Wake up an old desk set with a fresh coat of paint, and add in a mirror to create an instant vanity. The top of the desk can hold a large spread of beauty accouterments as well as books, a laptop, and a notebook for study time. Add a few final touches by reupholstering the chair and decorating with girly accents.
Looking for furnishings for a kids’ room? Look no further than textiles designer Donna Wilson. Her bright colours, quirky creatures and handmade designs are not only kid-friendly, but stylish too. She’s designed this inspiring kids’ room for Wool House, part of the Campaign for Wool initative.
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Take inspiration from Kit Kemp’s work at Ham Yard hotel in London and decorate a bedroom with deep grey walls punctuated with flashes of fuchsia and red. A pretty white bedspread – still full of Kit’s trademark texture – allows the eye to rest, drawing the eye to the beautiful gabled headboard.
Designer Claire Paquin carefully crafted this glamorous tween room with growth in mind. She kept the room’s main elements — flooring, wall color, built-ins and more — in a neutral palette to allow for shifting style preferences through the years.
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‘The approach we took to the furniture was rather like our approach to the house as a whole,’ says Jonathan Tuckey, who imaginatively modernised this seventeenth-century chalet in the Swiss Alps. ‘We really liked a lot of the things that were in the house already and decided to hang on to them. But then there were other elements that we designed specially, such as the beds which are now really close to the ground and more informal.’
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 Now the he windows are adorned with crewel curtains, originally made by the interior designer Hugh Henry and salvaged from a skip.
The children’s bedrooms in Keith McNally’s Notting Hill home allow for storage and organisation – as well as charming touches – like this Toadstool lamp, £55 at White Rabbit England. The East Coast tongue-and-groove panelling and plaster walls aren’t restricted to the kids’ spaces, they’re a theme throughout all of the property (see how he achieved the aged look here).
A dresser with mismatched drawers provides a fun storage solution in this boy’s bedroom, where grey walls provide a neutral backdrop for unusual design details. A ‘Love’ rug by Paul Smith, hanging model airplane and car print on the wall also add interest.
Stylist Alexander Breeze’s bedroom is painting in a very matt yet rich grey-green: ‘Olive’ by Farrow & Ball. He bought an inexpensive bed and painted it himself. The striking plywood headboard was designed by Breeze and made with the help of bespoke laser cutting service Cut Laser Cut.
Define each area with a clear purpose, so that every inch of space works hard. Here, a desk doubles up as a dressing table with built-in drawers and three pretty mirrors. This clever trundle bed is perfect for weekend sleepovers!
Oversize letters are scattered throughout interior designer Monica Damonte’s home near Genoa, Italy. Each one represents a different family member’s initial. The Mint List is a good source for vintage letters, with prices around £100 each.
Twin beds are ideal for this guest room. The Colefax & Fowler ‘Snow Tree’ wallpaper in aqua works perfectly with a view to the garden outside, creating a light and verdant bedroom. All the tones and patterns are harmonious and soft. The armchair has a classic bullion braid trim and the lantern continues the garden theme of the room as its design would be fitting for outdoor use.
WALLS ‘Messel’, £42 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Mylands. FURNITURE ‘French Modernist’ steel daybed, by Raphaël, £11,000, from Rose Uniacke. ‘Trio’ brass and walnut side table, by Neri & Hu for De La Espada, £1,104, from Heal’s. ACCESSORIES Mattress cover in ‘Grandvilliers’ (olive), by Nicole Fabre Designs, cotton/linen, £69 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène. ‘Ticking Stripe’ cotton pillowcase (ecru/light grey), £19, from Toast. Bolster in ‘Iznik Vine’ (brown/black), by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, linen, £226 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène. Eiderdowns in, from top: ‘Coral’ (chestnut), cotton, £58 a metre, from Soane; ‘Paola’ (gold), by Brigitte Singh, cotton, £58 a metre, from Aleta. Porcelain ‘Water Jug’ used as vase (steel), £106, from Mud Australia.
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 the same colour adds interest, yet fits with the calm atmosphere of a bedroom.
The stuff of dreams. Author and designer Paul Golding spent seven years restoring this this exquisite 18th century palazzo in Malta. ‘I couldn’t resist its romantic decay!’ Built by the distinguished Maltese architect Francesco Sammut, the bedroom is stenciled with a pattern copied from a Carmelite convent in Medina. The chandelier is from Julian Chichester, while the magnificent gesso and silver gilt bed and table were commissioned from Brighton-based furniture maker Lincoln Cato.