Light grey walls and a gallery wall above the bed – step inside the elegant bedroom of our location editor. Soft colours carefully combined with playful accessories add character to the space in Lavinia Bolton’s Chelsea flat – an object lesson in unassuming good taste, as well as testament to her own creativity and enterprise.
Designer Paolo Moschino commissioned painter Dawn Reader to create the stripes on the walls here. She custom-mixed the blue to match Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam’s ‘Melba Stripe’ fabric in the blue on ecru colourway, but Edward Bulmer’s ‘Fair Blue’ natural paint is similar; £41.50 for a 2.5-litre pot of emulsion.
If you’re considering florals but don’t want an overly feminine scheme, here’s your inspiration: a fresh print combined with contemporary accessories in strong yellow and green hues. The base of whites and greys keeps it sophisticated too.
The best thing about having a small or strangely shaped room is the opportunity it presents to use your space imaginatively. The alcove behind the door, in the home of designer Patrick Williams of Berdoulat design, has been turned in to a charming sleeping nook. Enclosed behind the curtain are shelves, and a lamp for reading. The room is painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Lamp Room Gray’; while the random-width floorboards were bought on eBay. Reclaimed drawers are used under the bed as storage.
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.
In the main bedroom of this London house, two rows of framed antique pressed flowers bought from the owner’s friend Charlie McCormick line the walls. The headboard, which is upholstered in a hand-dyed pink velvet by Kirsten Hecktermann, with the same velvet used for the panelling between the bedroom and bathroom. Kirsten copied the colour from a small piece of eighteenth-century ribbon that belonged to Henrietta, who describes it as being – ‘the colour of rhubarb stems’. Above the chimneypiece is a pair of candle sconces from another friend – Lulu Lytle of Soane, on the Pimlico Road.
Listen. I’m seventeen and frankly I don’t know anyone my age who’d actually like one of these rooms (no offense). They all just seem so busy and cluttered. I admit, the loft is totally awesome and having a bathroom in my room would be a dream come true, but next time, try designing something more simplier. That way the teen can decorate it with things THEY like. Sorry for the harsh criticism. ?
Creating a cosy play area in the corner of the room is easy. All that’s needed is a heavy pile rug and plenty of cushions – we love the mix of neutrals and brights here. The modular shelving and lighting further delineate the area from the rest of the room.
Ecclesiastical iconography, oriental fabrics and a collection of hanging lamps, mainly from Turkey, imbue the main bedroom of Tessa Kennedy’s London home with a colourful eclecticism. The curtains formerly belonged to the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and the Gothic bed was used as a prop in the 1966 horror film Eye of the Devil.
Consider the options of a polished room design. With a solid white background detailed with a bold lined border in black, laying the foundation for the polished theme is easy. Incorporate your desired pops of color with bright-bordered sheet sets and throw pillows for the room. Keeping your treasured memories close by is easy with frames of different sizes and finishes to hang around the room.
A favorite poem becomes art in this little girl’s room. And you don’t have to be an artist to create your own word art. Look for stencils and wall decals at crafts stores and online. Make sure the color of the lettering contrasts with the wall color to ensure your message will read loud and clear.
This quiet and comfortable reading spot lies in one of the spare bedrooms of this perfect country house, decorated by interior designer Veere Grenney. The owners recognise how lucky they were to such a large home in such pristine condition and squandered no time in filling it with the possessions they love, like this floral, low back armchair and geometric rug in complementary shades of green.
Create a bright and fun girl’s room by combining green and white paintwork with pink accessories and floral motifs. The extendable pine bed has been painted to create country charm, while Cath Kidston soft furnishings complete the girly look.
More than a decade after inheriting their Perthshire estate, James and Caroline Inchyra have realised its full potential, turning it in to a bustling family home. Chintz curtains with an elaborate pelmet feature in this sunny bedroom. Take a look around the rest of the house here.
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. What do you do if your aesthetic is Italian modernist but you have just purchased a six-floor Grade II-listed Victorian town house in west London? This was the dilemma that faced Italian architect and interior designer Francesca Oggioni six years ago when she purchased her home with her Belgian husband, a hedge-fund manager, photographer and art collector.
Classic-boat enthusiast Katie Fontana’s love of pure craftsmanship and aesthetic simplicity resulted in the bespoke kitchen design company Plain English as well a charming houseboat and boathouse where she lives when she is in London. The ex-Customs and Excise cutter called Stork is moored in St Katharine Docks, E1. ‘In 2008, shortly after our father died, my sister and I were in Maldon, Essex, where he lived, Katie explains. We spotted Stork for sale and thought she looked cute. When I noticed she was built in 1926, the year my father was born, it felt like a sign, so I bought her as a little place to stay when I was in London. The interior had been Ikea-ed, and wasn’t really to my taste, but I knew if I covered it all in Farrow & Ball paint it would be fine. One day, I’d like to give her a full authentic refit. For now, she’s a bit of fun.’
Don’t be afraid of the dark! Dark colours have become really cool in interiors and bedrooms are amazing spaces to use them. This dark blue creates a really dramatic space and draws your eye to the crisp white linen and the light of the window. Image credit
When you’re looking for dorm inspiration for sophisticated room designs, we have plenty to offer. Mixing and matching black and white colored comforters, sheet sets and shams for a customized look creates a modern space where you can relax. A delicate bed of roses, striped designs and polka dot detailing is ideal for a dorm room. Striped rugs and throw blankets that you can layer on chairs or beds helps you craft a totally personalized look throughout the room. Adding velvet bow pillows in white, black or soft pink colors is fun for accentuating the overall theme of the room.
In the modern scheme of designer Sarah Chambers’ Victorian house she has used colour to add richness, and mirrored surfaces to add light. The curved headboard is covered in printed velvet by Créations Métaphores and edged with antiqued-brass studs.
The neat attic bedroom of designer Hugh Leslie’s Chelsea studio is partially clad in horizontal tongue-and-groove boarding. This is a good trick to visually widen a small room. Try the Georgian range from The English Panelling Company, which would create a similar effect.
Emily has been writing about interiors for over four years. She loves finding the story behind a brand and discovering how a design is made. A travel enthusiast, she also has a weakness for luxury home fragrance and cosy knits.
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.
ACCESSORIES Plaster table lamps, ‘Very Good Seconds’, by Viola Lanari, 50 x 10cm diameter; with cotton lampshades, ‘Bedwyn’ (yellow wicker), 35cm diameter, £135 each, from Fermoie. Cotton oxford pillowcases, ‘Mariette’, £26 each, from Cologne & Cotton. Linen quilt (light blue/natural), 140 x 210cm, £390, from Once Milano. Early-nineteenth-century cotton cushion, 45 x 70cm, £140, from Katharine Pole.
As you may know, I don’t have a daughter. I’m expecting my fourth little boy and I could not be more excited. The only downside to that is I would LOVE to decorate a girl’s room! I have a pretty girly craft room but for now I’ll live vicariously through these amazing ladies’ design skills! I am obsessed with each and every one of these adorable girls room ideas. I hope you find some inspiration if you’re looking to redecorate your girl’s room or if your little one is ready for her first “Big girl” room! Oh my gosh, so fun!
In this London house designed by Suzy Hoodless, the children’s rooms were kept graphic and simple; Suzy hates ‘cute’ decoration that they will quickly grow out of – she has used a Børge Mogensen cabinet as a changing table in her own home. So the only concession she made to the children’s ages was bright primary colour. In one of the rooms a custom-designed mural has been painted on the wardrobe door.
Whether your wonderful everyday is soft and romantic, sleek and modern or classic Scandinavian, you’re sure to find bedroom furniture to suit it. We’ve also got lots of beds and bedroom storage to choose from – and bedroom ideas to inspire you when putting all together.
Relocating to Oxford after 15 years in Japan and Hong Kong, the owners of this Victorian house put together a team of experts to create a mostly open-plan layout full of intriguing design details. Despite the architectural strength, the house unfolds slowly, allowing the eye to pick up intricate details and layered textures as you wander through. It is a scheme that strikes the balance between formal and family living in the brief to American interior designer Susan Ferrier of McAlpine. The main bedroom is decorated in a muted neutral scheme.
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