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. In spring, the views are of blossom, in summer of leaves, in winter the sky.’
WALLS Paper-backed linen wallcovering, ‘Heathered Linens’ (tea rose), 147cm wide, £112 a metre, from Phillip Jeffries. Curtains, ‘Maremma Rigato’ (natural/black), linen, £144 a metre; with appliqué patches in ‘Volterra’ (latte, pine), linen, £112 a metre; and ‘Bolgheri’ (black), linen, £187 a metre; all from C&C Milano. Silkscreen print, Bloomsbury Vase, 51 x 40.5cm, $75, by Wayne Pate. Wooden frame, ‘Milano’ (black), 70 x 50cm, £35, from Habitat.
This cosy bedroom at Soho Farmhouse features green floral wallpaper, creating a countryside feel. Matching curtains form a cosy canopy around the four-poster bed. This design is ideal for a small space.
The main bedroom of this London flat is particularly sumptuous, with its flower-trail Braquenié wallpaper, figured cotton Fortuny bedspread and strawberry-silk cushions – a lesson in how to make a potentially gloomy space glow (the space was a former Victorian hospital building). The flat is the work of antiques dealer and interior designer Max Rollitt, who found the bird pictures hung above the bed in an antiques shop. If you don’t have the same eagle eye, try reproduction prints from Surface View. Dimensions and prices vary for each print, but start roughly at 90 x 60cm and £175.
Unless you have a budget that permits new furniture every few years, you’ll want to choose a bedroom set that grows up with your daughter. The room shown here is delightful now — what young girl wouldn’t love all the polka dots and the wonderful dog poster? — but the basic white furniture will have no problem handling a more mature palette, bedding, and accessories when the teen years arrive.
Even if your bedroom is small, it’s still possible to create an interesting space. This is why I love this image, as the headboard on the bed is unique and fun, and creates a real focal point. It’s a DIY project that simply needs some panels of wood and a jigsaw to cut the shape. I love how they’ve added washi tape and some images to it – meaning you can add personality, and can easily change these as the mood takes you. They’ve tied the look together subtly with the neon pink touches, but keeping the rest of the colour palette simple. Image credit
In this boys bedroom the floor has become a design feature. Blocks of wood were stained in a variety of colours before being laid in a parquet style. The result is rustic yet aesthetic, modern but not at all clinical. The union jack pillow on the bed is a witty reference to the owners’ time spent in the UK.
In the main bedroom of product designer Anthony Joseph – one half of kitchenware company Joseph & Joseph – mustard textiles were chosen to the walls painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Mole’s Breath’
WALLS Patina and specialist colour-matching, £55 a square metre, by Elise Orrier. Similar eighteenth-century giltwood mirror, £575, from M Charpentier Antiques. ‘No 121’ bronze wall light, £2,900, from La Maison Charles. Rope and raffia wall light, by Audoux-Minet, £600 for a pair, from Atelier Vime. FURNITURE Wicker headboard, from £800; ‘Ollivier’ metal and rattan side table, £520; both from Atelier Vime. ACCESSORIES ‘Madrigal’ waterlily soap, by Claus Porto, £16, from Cologne & Cotton. ‘Bistrot’ nickel and ceramic soap dish, £297.60, from The Water Monopoly. ‘Malmaison’ silver tray, £1,253; and teaspoons, £50 each; all from Christofle. Similar silver coffee pot, £900, from Linden & Co. ‘Losanges’ porcelain teacups and saucers, £71.42 each, from Royal Limoges. Pillowcases and sheet, ‘Emilie’, by Nicole Fabre Designs, linen, £189 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène. ‘Seraphine’ hand-embroidered kingsize cotton flat sheet, £175, from Cologne & Cotton. Eighteenth-century French linen cushions, £590 for a pair, from Katharine Pole. ‘Tarascon’ linen quilt with cotton filling, £550, from Christopher Moore.
Wendy Nicholls of Colefax and Fowler has honed her personal and professional style in her London flat which is full of Victorian accents and unique accessories. Wendy’s bedroom has a softer palette, with an embroidered bedspread from Chelsea Textiles. Walls of pale mauveish grey show off the yellow silk of the four-poster’s simple, unlined curtains. Her shock revelation is that they were made from silk taken from the curtains in the yellow drawing room at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s Brook Street building. That room, with its lacquered buttercup walls and three pairs of massive curtains hung about with passementerie, was a shrine to decorating, an emblem of their grandest classical style. Was it heresy to cut up its curtains? Wendy quickly assures that these were the last remnants of earlier pairs, which had fallen into shreds.
I love glamorous bedrooms that are sophisticated and not too glitzy. I love this bedroom because, even though it’s flowery, it has a masculine edge – due to the opulent dark walls and pared-back design integrity of the rest of the room. It’s a great bedroom for both men and women, which I like, as I think sometimes us ladies can sometimes take over the design of our bedrooms! Image credit
The artist owners of this London house called on interior designer Beata Heuman to create a family home full of fun, distinctive design. A highly original space, unapologetically theatrical and oozing energy. ‘The owners are both artists. They have quite wild tastes and they love strong colours,’ says Beata. The main bedroom has a bespoke sofa upholstered in Beata’s signature marbleised fabric and lion claw feet. Other notable features include a pair of breglass dance-hall mirrors from French Loft and the ceiling painted in ‘Lulworth Blue’ by Farrow & Ball. ‘I have this thing about painting ceilings blue. It seems over the top, but it adds a feeling of height and once it is in, you don’t really think about it’.
When it comes to bunk beds for kids, three words: versatility, versatility, versatility. This stylish bed works as a traditional bunk, or easily separates into a loft bed with a twin bed underneath (or an ‘I shaped’ bunk bed) – perfect for awkward or small spaces.
I love the calming and clean atmosphere this space has, which I think is really important for a child’s room. As a Mid Century design geek I love the simple wooden mobile hanging above the cot, the print of the wolf cub matches the earthy tones of the wood and cushion perfectly. I also love the idea of having photography of baby animals in a kid’s room, its just the right amount of cuteness whilst still feeling a little grown up. I’m a big fan of Middle eastern textiles and I really like the slight juxtaposition of the candy coloured persian rug and monochrome block printed throw. I chose this image as it has a great balance of mature style with cute elements and I think a room like this could be easily adapted as the child grows up. Image Credit
Bring a redundant fireplace up to scratch for the party season by lining it with wallpaper. Simply take the dimensions of the inside of your fireplace, cut out the wallpaper to fit and Blu-Tac it into place. A few ornamental logs, tea lights or strategically placed baubles also help achieve this festive look.
ACCESSORIES Cushions, from left: ‘Verandah’ (burnt orange), by Veere Grenney, linen, £150 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène; ‘Ombre’ (blue/rust), mohair, 50cm square, £85 each; and ‘Abstract Zig Zag’ (blue), linen, 30 x 50cm, £79; both from The Conran Shop. Linenbedlinen (soft pink), from £30 for a pillowcase; cotton scarf (used as bed throw), ‘Kantha’, 220 x 100cm, £705; glazed stoneware mug, £30; all from The Conran Shop. Maple vessel, by Hans Henning Pedersen, 18 x 15cm diameter, £250, from Flow. Stoneware ‘Round Bottomed Vessel’ (used as vase), by Iva Polachova, £330, from The New Craftsmen. Glazed ceramic and polished nickel table lamp with handkerchief linen shade, ‘Gallatin’ (moss), 73 x 20cm base diameter, £1,895, from Remains.
Create an enchanted sleep space with this quilted bedding, inspired by the subtle floral patterns of vintage lace. Boasting pintuck accents, the quilt is a welcoming layer. Designed with world-renown fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, it marries …
This beautiful soft industrial bedroom featured on the cover of the launch issue of Warehouse Home – and it’s been proving very popular! The original features of a warehouse conversion, such as exposed brickwork, can often feel ‘hard’ and ‘masculine’. Old and new steel furniture is especially striking in such spaces but can also feel cold. When styling the Warehouse Home bedroom (above), we wanted to prove that industrial chic can have a soft side. A bespoke galvanised steel pipe bed, designed exclusively for Warehouse Home by Inspirit Deco, was the focal point of our warehouse bedroom. And beside it, a vintage industrial bedside cabinet. We then used a ‘masculine and feminine’ palette of greys and blush pinks and a variety of textured fabrics (linen, tweed, velvet), to bring warmth to our bedroom and soften the industrial look. Select vintage accessories complemented the warehouse conversion’s heritage features, while flowers and decorative vintage glassware further enhanced the “femininity” of the space. 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.
Not sure if a neutral palette is attention-worthy? Think beyond the expected. Sophisticated florals on the walls, metallic accents, and an elegant light fixture are just enough to make this room sing.
Kids love to climb up into a raised bed but this option will also create extra storage space underneath or, as in this case, a little play area, decorated here with a highly textured rug and sweet wallsticker.
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.
Two Designer’s Guild beds upholstered in ‘Brera’ linen furnish this small bedroom in the attic a Somerset country house. The calm turquoise and white scheme offers some colour to the room without making the small space feel too busy.
Will Fisher and his wife Charlotte of Jamb have completely refashioned their eighteenth-century house in south east London, relaying the wooden antique floors, reproducing the cornicing and installing period chimneypieces and stonework. The couple have done a great deal to bring that much sought-after – but rarely achieved – country-house look to the mainstream aesthetic.
Formerly a rabbit warren of small, dark rooms, this Victorian house in west London has been opened up, flooded with light and filled with the owners collection of art and furniture, to create a balance between its original character and modern style. The main bedroom and bathroom design proved problematic, due to the Victorian dimensions of the five-metre-wide space. The soft lighting and gentle palette brings to mind the inviting warmth of an art gallery. A charming arrangement of mostly Modern British oils and drawings, which owner Ben Whitfield collects, rests on a built-out picture shelf that doubles as a headboard.
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If floor space is limited but you have higher ceilings, consider adding a loft or platform for your sleeping area with storage or seating underneath. This isn’t an option for everyone, but for those who don’t mind literally climbing into bed, this layout can completely transform a space.
The architectural style is late Georgian, with generous sash windows, deep eaves and a dash of Italianate villa, thanks to a balcony that sits above the drawing room bay, and a pair of triple-arched windows across the first floor of the south-west façade where terraced lawns drop away to woodland. This bedroom embodies the modest grandeur of English country-house style. The walls are in ‘Linen Stripe’ by Arthouse.
I agree with Sarah Akwisombe’s statement. I too, enjoy having a room in dark colours because it’s super inviting and makes me want to sleep and relax. However, I am not a fan of brown colour on anything else than wood. I see that most of the pictures here portray white bedrooms… the least appropriate colour for a bedroom in my opinion.
Soft colors and classic style will keep this girl’s room timeless for years to come. Neutral walls and furniture create a sense of unity and allow patterned bedding and window treatments to be the center of attention. A pattern that isn’t too age-specific allows for her creativity to shine in wall art and painting hung around the room. Lighting treatments are similar with neutral bases and lampshades that can easily be switched out at a low cost.
Emphasize a soaring ceiling with a showstopping theme. In this playful room, alternating stripes of sky and baby blues creates a tentlike ceiling treatment. A fun theme like this makes room for cool beds for girls. A classic four-poster bed has long-lasting style, while freestanding furniture—such as the desk, chair, and bookshelf—can be replaced or upcycled as she grows older.
There is a time in every girl’s life where there’s no harm in being a little OTT. Bright pink French-style furniture, upholstered button-back bed, feathers, sheep-skin, chandeliers… Pourquoi pas for the little princess?!