Bedrooms should be tranquil and relaxing! When I redecorated mine, I chose a very pale grey wall colour with matching bed linen and curtains! I hung my floor-length curtains high up on the wall, and to the sides of the window frames to create the illusion of height and larger windows. This maximises the light coming in to the room, and together with the white painted wooden floor, gives the room a calm and airy feel. I kept the decor fuss free, just adding different patterned textiles in the same colours for some visual interest, and warmed up the look by adding some copper accessories. A light chain and some industrial style cage lights either side of the bed gives a cosy glow at night and my bedtime reading supply (interior magazines) are kept handy by the bed and doubles up as a bedside table! Image credit
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.
Make moody hues more inviting by ensuring your furniture looks super cosy. Here, ultra-soft cotton, luxurious fabrics and a plethora of blankets make this room serenely restful. Bonus points for the squidgy-looking pillows. Ahh…
In designer Ben Pentreath’s flat, both bedrooms are papered. As Ben explains, ‘I like using wallpaper because I love the layers of pattern and colour that it brings to a room.’ Soane’s delicate ‘Seaweed Lace’ wallpaper contrasts with the bold blanket from Pendleton in the main bedroom. A Marianna Kennedy ‘Spring’ lamp in blue adds a different colour to the room.
Velvet cushions and a spray-lacquered Danish desk from Ebay add to the blue theme, while the Zak + Fox fabric on the headboard provides a strong contrast. Animal motifs and a small workspace make this a perfect kid’s bedroom.
In the main bedroom of Ed and Polly Nicholson’s Wiltshire home, an eighteenth-century lacquered chest, which provides a contrasting tone, stands between windows with curtains in ‘Secret Garden’ by Raoul Textiles.
I’m all about maximizing the use of space! Maybe, this is of interest, I recently hired Furnishr to design my living room. I know, I could have designed my room by myself, but I actually liked the designs on their site. Pretty great service. They designed, delivered, and setup my new living room furniture and decor in less than a week. Check them out if you’re interested, http://www.furnishr.com/
Want to add some colour to your space? Don’t have the budget for a full makeover? A rug, a nightstand and some fresh flowers can transform a space from neutral to technicolour like that *snaps fingers*.
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Keep the overall palette calm and soft with different shades of warm grey on the walls, floor and furniture. A burst of yellow on the pillowcases and occasional bedroom chair keep the look vibrant without becoming too much. Embroidered and patterned cushions in black and white are a pretty finishing touch.
Colour and pattern both enliven and define this family home. The graphic red and white Vivienne Westwood wallpaper in the nursery is far more diverting than any mobile. ‘Small children seem absolutely riveted by it,’ says the home’s owner, interior designer Bunny Turner of Turner Pocock.
Grove Lodge, the Cambridge home of Tim Knox, director of The Fitzwilliam Museum, and landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, provides the perfect setting for the couples growing collection of artwork and curiosities. In the spare bedroom a gallery wall of antique pictures has been coupled with a brass bed-frame and gingham bedspread.
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
We love that there are so many things that catch the eye in this room, from pirate ships and bunting to hot air ballons, fun prints, a stuffed octopus and paisley cushions. It’s just what’s needed to spark a child’s imagination.
Have scrap wood going spare? Upcycle it into a new piece of furniture as a bedroom idea. The bed in this spare room, made from wooden mooring posts from Venice, was Anne-Marie Midy’s grandmother’s. Along with husband Jorge Almada, Anne-Marie owns design company Casamidy which sells furniture and accessories. The couple live in Brussels with their two young sons.
For the teen that’s great at keeping her space clean, an all-white bedroom is a luxurious and ultra-cozy option. To pull off this look, add interest with metallic accessories and a mix of fabric textures.
The first-floor bedroom of architect Jonathan Tuckey’s seventeenth-century chalet holiday home in the Swiss Alps is ideal for children to share (Jonathan has two daughters), thanks to a pair of fifties rosewood beds from Modernistiks.
wow, thanks for this post. I like the one with the stairs. It’s almost the same picture I have in mind years ago but never given a chance to have it in real picture. Anyway, happy to drop by and see your posts.
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.
Schooled in matters of taste by her mother, when designer Emma Burns inherited the former stables that her parents had converted as a weekend retreat, she put into practice the principles that now guide her professional work for Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. This cosy bedroom has beamed ceilings, and is furnished mainly with antiques.
Artfully display classic toys to soften the look of a neutral room and add soft furnishings such as small armchairs to delineate a play space. Create useful additional storage by adding shelves to a redundant fireplace.
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Most bedrooms function as living and playing spaces, which means decorating needs to work double-duty. Choose a rich color, like this terra-cotta, and introduce accents in natural tones to keep the room feeling warm and comfortable.
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.
Why I love this room: I’m a great believer in the ‘tidy home, tidy mind’ ethos, which is why I feel so at home with light, minimal spaces. This bedroom has only essential furniture in it and bright white walls to make the most of the light. Texture is key, from the bedding and rugs to the Z1 cotton lamp. I love the use of the small potted plants here, adding life and a splash of vibrant green to the room. The light wood flooring breaks up the white to introduce some warmth and the suspended clothes rails make a statement without the need to take up floor space. Image credit
Classic-boat enthusiast and creative talent 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. The interiors of ‘Stork’ are painted in Farrow & Ball paints.
ACCESSORIES Twentieth-century Ethiopian wooden pot, £350, from Bryan Reeves Tribal Gathering London. Iron and aluminium lamps, ‘Cloche’ (black), by Wrong for Hay, £189 each, from Do South Shop. Porcelain vase, ‘Shell’, by Newdigate, £85, from The Conran Shop. Linen bedlinen, ‘Washed’ (chalk), from £48 for 2 pillowcases, from Larusi. Bedcover, ‘Garba’ (01), silk, £55 a metre, from Malabar; trimmed with ‘Palm Frond’ (lava black), by Mary McDonald for Schumacher, linen, 7cm wide, £88.20 a metre, from Turnell & Gigon. Raffia cloth cushions (top and at foot of bed), ‘Kuba’, £129 each, from The Conran Shop. Linen cushions with raffia trim, ‘Raphia’, £660 each, from Holland & Sherry.