‘We drove the neighbours mad,’ says Jos White, talking about the three-year renovation of the family’s town house on one of the most desirable streets in Manhattan’s West Village. After extending, gutting and completely renovating their six-storey town house to create open-plan interiors tailored for family living. The house is an enchanting mix of inimate and open plan – the bedroom is no exception. It has a neutral palette accented by a nineteenth-century trunk from Hilary Batstone reupholstered in pink.
On the four-poster bed in her ‘mix and match’ West Sussex manor house, Sophie Conran has an antique quilt from Garden House Antiques in Petworth, which specialises in English and American patchwork quilts from 1800 to 1920, and antique English and French textiles. The period print is paired with neutral paint colours from Farrow & Ball – ‘Slipper Satin’ for the walls, and ‘Lamp Room Grey’ on the woodwork.
Tasked with reconciling twenty-first century living with the Victorian proportions of the terrace house, the interior designer reconfigured the ground floor and linked the spaces with modern textures and pristine finishes.
This bedroom belongs to Vanessa and James Macdonald’s son, Rupert, at their family home in the rolling hills of Oxfordshire. The red gingham of the headboard and armchair compliments the patterned red and white curtains. Soft neutral colours in the carpet and on the walls allows the red to pleasantly pop rather than overwhelm the room.
An attic conversion makes for a perfect guest room. The scheme is simple but elegant with minimal but impactful pieces of furniture and furnishings. A sofa allows guests a little chill out time away from the rest of the house. Be careful though, they may not want to leave.
Today’s teenagers are design-conscious and up to date on the latest trends. But they’re torn between childhood and adulthood. Most teens have beloved toys they’re not ready to give up, but look for a room that’s older and more sophisticated than their childhood room.
Grey curtains complement ebony drawer units in this smart bedroom designed by Anthony Collett. The room is with character, including sound-absorbing, fabric-lined walls, which add texture, and an upholstered, padded wall, inspired by a Ben Nicholson painting, acts as a 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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Moving from a tall town house to a west-London mews enabled interior designer Caroline Riddell to enjoy a more open-plan way of living. Upstairs in Caroline’s daughter’s bedroom, ‘Vertical Stripe’ wallpaper from Timorous Beasties lines the walls. It’s a masterclass in space management.
For a scheme in House & Garden’s August 2017 issue, Acting Decoration Editor Ruth Sleightholme worked with wicker designs and French textiles in a bedroom with distressed paintwork and tiled floors in Atelier Vime’s eighteenth-century hôtel particulier, Hotel Drujon.
When decorating a tween girl’s room, don’t be afraid to pack it with pattern. Introduce different prints by layering patterns similar in color yet different in scale. An excellent rule of thumb is to stick with one large-, one medium- and one small-scale pattern. This will ensure the layered look appears balanced rather than busy.