Colourful notes in the main bedroom of artist and designer Bridie Hall’s home include a painting by Mary Fedden and an orange bedcover, made by Bridie. The moody grey paint is ‘Mercury’ by Fired Earth.
As her book My Greek Island Home hits shops, we travelled to a small village on the Greek island of Lesvos to meet Claire Lloyd, who runs a guest house with her partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder. The bedroom in the guest house is combined with the living area. White spaces and sparse furnishings including found, mended and made objects make the most of the sun-drenched setting.
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 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.
No matter what piques your daughter’s interest, she probably needs plenty of storage for her treasures. Take a cue from the kitchen for organization. Kitchen cabinetry works well in girl’s bedroom designs. Here, semicustom cabinets act as a built-in around the bed, and drawers beneath the bed take advantage of untapped storage space.
Upstairs in the main bedroom of this farmhouse in the Chilterns hangs a collection of John Nash watercolours. ‘I love them, they represent my England; it makes me happy looking at them,’ says the owner. The magnificent Tabriz carpet is reputed to have come from the house of the poet and arts patron Edward James, West Dean in Sussex. The neutral walls allow pieces such as the bold Tabriz carpet and dark wood chest to take centre stage.
Wall: ‘Stiffkey Blue’, ‘Lulworth Blue’, ‘Red Earth’ and ‘Mouse’s Back’, £39.50 for 2.5L water-based modern emulsion. Ceiling: ‘Wimborne White’, £36 for 2.5L estate emulsion. Cupboard: ‘Wimborne White’, £20 for 750ml estate eggshell. Woodwork: ‘Wimborne White’, £20 for 750ml estate eggshell. Floor: ‘Pavillion Gray’, £22 for 750ml floor paint. All at Farrow & Ball.
A peppy palette of pinks and yellow-base greens is playful, but it also transitions from a toddler room idea to teen decor. The mix of patterns knows no age barrier and provides plenty of other color options for makeovers later on. For example, the soft sage or fuchsia in the bedding could easily translate into a wall color, and the room would still sport a cohesive design.
Tip: If your child wants a specific theme, aim for elements that can be interpreted multiple ways. Here, the parents chose to leave the monkeys, elephants, and clowns at the real circus and instead incorporated a tent theme that can be worked into other decor as the years go on.
Decoration in a bedroom boils down to a few key elements: pick a theme, add interesting accents and a dash of contrast. In this case, the contrast comes from the more masculine chrome touches and button-detail cushion.
Does your child have a favourite book or television character that you’re considering including in a design scheme? Bedding is the clever option as it doesn’t involve too much commitment (and we all now how fickle kids can be). We love the creative use of paint on the walls which works with the theme now but could also be adapted later.
When designer Douglas Mackie and his partner Julian Jackson bought this house in the Languedoc region of the South of France, it was a chance for Douglas – a knowledgeable collector of textiles – to show off his stock of older, ethnic pieces. ‘I have always been an avid collector of pieces from North Africa and Asia, and now their rich saturated colours sit wonderfully well in the shafts of sunlight of a southern home.’ In the spare bedroom a Persian jajim hangs against the brush-plastered wall in place of a headboard. On the floor is a vintage Moroccan rug, while the bed linen is from Conran.
A charcoal grey paint scheme may not be the first thing that springs to mind when decorating a kids’ room but with accents of yellow and blue and some age-appropriate furniture (this three bed bunk-bed is fantastic) little boys will love it. Also note the inbuilt pockets in the curtains: a sweet way to provide extra storage don’t you think?
Here is a teenage bedroom in pink and blue. The large window is designed to accommodate a work desk for the child. The large pink sofa looks extremely cosy and inviting. The chandelier is another attractive feature in this room. The choice of subtle colours is an extension of the child’s personality.
Sedate and restful are good, general concepts for adult bedroom design, but teenagers prefer a bedroom that’s fun and a signature of who they are. The number one response to what personality aspect a teen wants to express through their room was “creative”, while calm came in almost last. Bold, imaginative elements will excite a teen like nothing else. Some unique teen bedroom ideas that add fun to a room include: