When I think of a bedroom, I think of romance, dreaming, luxurious fabrics and ones own personal sanctuary where they can escape and relax.
That’s why I love decorating bedrooms. You can be free and have fun with different textures, fabrics, styles and create an environment that’s completely personal to the owner. Whether that’s cool and minimalist, warm and cosy, full of exotic prints and pictures or even an Arabian fantasy…whichever direction you wish to go, you can. That’s one of the reasons why bedrooms are my absolute favourite rooms to decorate.
Decorating someone’s bedroom is a very personal thing as your bedroom should be your own sanctuary, especially designed to suit your personality. Some clients want a bedroom to chill out and watch TV in, some want them for romance, some to work in whilst others want them solely for sleeping in. Knowing the function of the room before you start is vital because without knowing this, it is unlikely that you will get the design to work for all of your needs.
Another important point to remember is: NEVER overlook your bedroom. I know that some clients have told me ‘…but nobody else will see it.’ YOU will see it and it is your place of well being and starting fresh for the day. It is also the room that you will spend most of your time in so make it feel special and pay it some attention.
The padded, leather wall in this master bedroom below is impressive. It was designed for a male client in his ultimate bachelor pad; hence the dark leather walls and masculine leather and steel bedside chests. It’s a stunning look and, although masculine, is also classic and extremely chic.
Top tip: To add that feminine touch, try adding some throw cushions with a more feminine pattern or colour, or a silky throw on the bed and some flowers to the bedside tables. They are small changes to the rooms design but will make a huge impact on the mood.
Your bed is the main feature of the room and it is important to think carefully about what it’s purpose is in the room, and what your needs are regarding comfort. Is your priority a comfortable mattress? Do you love feather pillows? Do you like a large headboard, such as the one in the previous image? An upholstered bed so that your upholstery matches, storage drawers? A four-poster bed? Colours, cushions and throws? Whatever your preference, as your bed is a dominant feature in the room, it needs to be given plenty of thought.
In the image above, the client wanted their bedroom to have a monochrome feel, but with areas to sit, relax, and an area to work from. It’s a large room so it could easily accommodate these factors.
I Love… This four-poster bed. The client wanted a simplistic but comfortable room and this bed provides just that. It’s stylish, simple, and adds the WOW-factor, to an otherwise simple room, dominating the room with its clean lines. Gorgeous!
Throw-n To Switzerland
The thick pile, silk carpets and the fur details add a luxurious feel to this guest bedroom at a ski resort.
It’s important to remember when designing your guest bedrooms that this is where you can show off. I always love using great mirrors in bedrooms as it adds that glamorous feel and also makes a room look lighter, brighter and more spacious.
Lighting is another major factor for bedroom design. Ambient lighting from table lamps or wall lights are key and, if possible, make sure they are on a dimmer so that you can adjust your lighting to suit whatever you are doing at the time. I love a scattering of scented candles around the room on special occasions just to give it an extra sensuous feel.
Listen To Your Children
Children’s bedrooms are equally as important. I always suggest getting them involved in the design and, if they are old enough, to make mood boards of their ideas. You’ll be surprised how creative children can be with ideas, and it s a great way of making sure they get their own stamp on their very own sanctuary.
TOP HIGH STREET BUYS
This John Rocha bowl from Selfridges makes a beautiful addition to any table or display cabinet. Add floating candles, flowers, or even candy at Halloween to create a new vibe for this stunning centre piece Your guests will be green with envy! http://www.selfridges.com/en/Home-Tech/Categories/Shop-Home/Home-accessories/Decorative-accessories/Signature-crystal-bowl-20cm_538-10010-16602900056/
These lemongrass and lime scented candles from BHS will create the perfect calm and tropical atmosphere for your bedroom and bathroom. http://www.bhs.co.uk/en/bhuk/product/home-lighting-2253424/decorative-accessories-1020683/stoneglow-lemongrass-and-lime-boxed-tumbler-1086295?bi=41&ps=40
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I love this stylish Ralph Lauren Gaspard magnifier. It’s THE perfect accessory for a stylish study. http://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/product/index.jsp?productId=21462081&cp=3979821.4002721.4048811&ab=ln_homeaccent_apparel_decorativeaccessories
I’m also a great lover of decanters and this crystal art deco style Ralph Lauren Broughton is a favourite for me! http://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/product/index.jsp?productId=6078341&cp=3979821.4002721.6207691&ab=ln_homeaccent_apparel_barware
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