Don’t be afraid to go a little OTT with a theme. Our top tip? Find brands that do them with panache – like this vroom-vroom room from Vertbaudet (pictured), or a cute car motif wallpaper from Marimekko. Talk about a dream machine.
A spare bedroom with wooden furniture and a window seat in the terrace house of Lady Wakefield. The beautiful Georgian window – found in a junk shop on the King’s Road – was added in 1998 by the owners.
Bobo Kids is a one stop shop for the very coolest childrens’ furniture and accessories. Combine fun modern furniture with a vintage style blackboard, some cute prints, bunting and bed linen and you have a child’s bedroom that any self-respecting adult would be very envious of.
This room, done in daring strokes of aqua and pink, is proof that two colors can pack a punch. Looking to create your own dramatic look? Use large blocks of your chosen colors (such as on the wall and bedspread), limit patterns, and add in doses of white for a crisp finish.
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 Hugh Leslie has not only created a simply chic scheme of primary colours and graphic prints, but a cosy wrap around headboard ensures there’ll be no danger of little ones going bump in the night.
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After visiting her friend Kathryn Ireland in France’s Tarn region, Anne Halsey bought a French farmhouse retreat there. The furniture in this bedroom was sourced from local antiques shops and markets. Raoul Textiles ‘Mahatma’ design was used for the curtains, with the armchair upholstered in Kathryn M Ireland’s ‘Ikat Stripe’ and amps from Vaughan add another layer of pattern.
There are so many ways to make a bedroom special and unique, from a vintage mirror so she can play dress up to generous storage to hide away her toys and clothes. We take a look through 40 inspirational ideas to help create the perfect girl’s bedroom.
In fact, your small bedroom may be 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?
If like this bedroom you have low ceilings, don’t be fooled into thinking you need to paint the whole room a bright white. A contrasting lighter colour on the ceiling can actually increase the feeling of height. This dark blue feature wall looks fantastic with the white washed floors and cream and blue textiles. No room for a bedside lamp? Steal this clever trick of low hanging ceiling lights instead.
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.
To me, there is nothing better than being able to create a sense of nature inside, connecting the two worlds. Natural fabrics such as linen, matched with cotton and wool knitted throws to create a casual yet cosy atmosphere is perfect for these chilly nights. The wooden headboard creates such a sense of grounding and security, ideal for those of us who need a sanctuary after a long day, but with the use of lighting it softens the overall look. Image credit
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The bedroom of artists Linda and David Heathcoat-Amory is a graceful high-ceilinged cube. To the left of the four-poster bed hangs a Pissarro drawing; the painted pale-blue and white stripes on the walls were inspired by the photographer Derry Moore’s house.
The twin beds in one of the children’s rooms of Harriet Logan and Mark Faulkner’s home are the ‘Mini’, by Zanotta. Interior designer Andrew Fossey and Chris Dyson Architects were behind the renovation of the Georgian property in Spitalfields in London’s East End. Harriet and Mark are the co-founders of Woop Studios, which designs and sells limited-edition prints via an online gallery.
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Add an additional surround to your headboard, painted in a contrasting colour to further frame your bed. We particular love the addtion of the pictures – hung off centre, they are far more interesting.
Use our girls wall stickers and girls wall decals to brighten up any little girl’s bedroom or nursery. All our girl wall stickers are removable and re-usable and include an array of vibrant themes including princess, fairy, flowers, butterflies, woodland, alphabet and many more.
The owner loves the spare aesthetic of the bamboo. ‘It is not overwhelming, just a very simple and pure design, not trying to impress, nestled in the leaves, just hanging on the cliff.’ The house was designed by Veere Grenney.
I have chosen this image because, as a Mum of 3-year-old boy and girl twins, this is such a great example of how to style a shared bedroom. Not only do the colours complement each other so well, but the room looks matched, even though it is for both sexes. The shelving is perfect for storing toys and books, and they can accessorize it with their own items. I am drawn to the simplicity of the design, and contemporary style especially as we now live in a modern new build home. My tips for styling a twins’ shared room is to keep it simple, use colour schemes that complement each other and involve the children in the process – as they usually like to have a say in what they prefer! Image Credit
Art is often overlooked in children’s and tween’s rooms; however, it can completely change the space and serve as a source of inspiration for the rest of the decor. This room was designed for a tween who was named after legendary bluegrass singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams. Commissioning an artist to draw an original portrait of the singer and having it professionally framed not only added a feeling of individuality to the room, it served as the inspiration for the room’s violet, black, white and gold palette.
Architect Francesca Oggioni had to set aside her rationalist principles when she was planning a new layout for her listed house in west London, so it would work as a family home, workspace and backdrop for an extensive art collection. This spare bedroom on the top floor has neutral decoration allows the artwork to be the focus of the room.
A bed with a half-tester canopy made by J Gee Blinds takes centre stage in the main bedroom of a London flat designed by Charlotte Crosland, accessorised with a fleur-de-lis cover by Neisha Crosland and cushions that mirror the floral motifs on the decorative wall.
A warm chocolate-brown focal wall adds an adult edge in this girl’s bedroom. To make the rich hue more playful and fitting for a young girl, HGTV fan wenbenoit integrated hot pink into the design scheme with sheer window treatments, storage ottomans and a stylish floral lamp. She kept the linens ultra-neutral to offset the bold color combination.
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A large lattice design cotton dhurrie, ikat print cushions, headboard and curtains, rattan furniture and of course a voile draped canopy; if you’re thinking of a chic colonial theme, make OKA your first stop.
How to do stylish modern living in the country? Located on a plot of farmland on the Atlantic coast of Long Island, interior designer Veere Grenney used wood as a dominant note. The local architecture was also a big influence, as displayed in the boarded walls.
A golden rule of decorating is that you need to have neutral elements (white, or wood) to let the eye rest. Here, the rule is turned upside down, with the simple bed taking a backseat to the more unusual wardrobe, chair and wall art.
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In the main bedroom of a large Chelsea flat designed by Sophie Ashby, silk ‘Madison’ wallpaper from Stereo provides a bold background to the set of nude studies from Lorfords Antiques. Complementing the earthy palette of this large space, smart rosewood cabinets flank the bed. ‘It drives me crazy that so often in newbuilds everything is built-in, so I wanted something free-standing and moveable,’ explains Sophie.
Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy, the husband-wife duo behind design company Casamidy, aren’t afraid to mix things up in their home. The boys’ bedroom features a mix of leather headboards, maps, vintage airplanes and Marimekko Unikko print cushions.
Although carpet is usually the most popular flooring choice for bedrooms, it’s hard to keep clean in high-traffic rooms. Rather than going through the motions of having carpet professionally cleaned yearly, it may be a better investment to simply replace wall-to-wall carpet with resilient vinyl plank flooring. Averaging less than $1.50 per square foot, vinyl plank is easy to install by cutting to size with a utility knife, then staggering each plank to create a pattern. As opposed to carpet, which stains easily, vinyl can simply be wiped clean with a sponge.