Here is a selection of ideas for bedrooms based on those that we have designed, decorated and furnished for clients in Bath and Bristol.
Your bedroom is a sanctuary; a private space. Here you relax, recover, dress, read and sleep. But whilst a bedroom’s mood and aesthetic is important, it still needs to be practical.
Whether contemporary or traditional, we look to create a sense of luxury as you might find in a fashionable hotel. As part of our briefing process, we ask clients to think of inspirational features that they have seen in chic hotel bedrooms around the world. We try to reproduce that for them.
Warmer and darker finishes create a cosy atmosphere, accentuated by low lighting. Paler tones also work well; some clients desire a palette of soft shades, whilst others are happy for us to introduce colour, allowing quality fabrics and accessories to punctuate the space; perhaps through a stylish headboard, ottoman or chaise. Occasionally, a feature wall will work, although we prefer to let the furnishings make the statement. We also create fabric art for our clients on themes of their choosing, picking out the colours from the rest of the room.
To create the desired ambiance, we install flexible lighting on several circuits. When using dimmer switche, we choose carefully as some emit an annoying buzz; watch out for this. Flexible bedroom lighting allows clients to choose; central lights for everyday use, table lamps for atmosphere, reading lights for relaxing with a book, and feature lights for art and general mood setting. We recommend directional bedside reading lights to allow one partner to sleep while the other reads. One of our clients even installed a large, spangled lighting feature on their ceiling as if they were star-gazing at night.
A chandelier always works well in a more glamorous setting. They don’t have to be expensive; just stylish.
Most of our bedrooms feature a quality carpet, soft and luxurious underfoot. There are some amazing synthetic carpets available with sumptuous pile at a very reasonable price (£30 -£40 / m2). For a more urban design, we also love striped carpets adding interest to the scheme.
For more country look, a stripped wooden floor works really well, usually paired with a bedside rug.
Beds and Mattresses
The most important choice that our clients make is the bed and mattress. Everything else creates an effect and makes the space usable, but their comfort and well-being is critical. What price on a good night’s sleep? We can make the room look stylish, but our clients must choose the bed and mattress. We explain the different types available, then arrnage for them to try out different combinations.
Nothing beats crisp, white bed linen to sleep on, but we dress it with an elegant throw or bedspread and scatter cushions made from extra fabric from the window dressing and headboard. Good bed linen has a thread count between 200 and 800 per square inch, and this will be printed on the packaging. You can also find some fantastic grown-up prints for your duvet cover and pillow cases.
bedroom curtains and blinds
The window dressing itself depends on the look you want to achieve; a heavier dressing gives a sense of cosiness but beware of creating a block of plain colour when the curtains are closed; better to have some pattern to break up the appearance. A lighter window dressing, such as a roman blind, offers a more contemporary feel. We have written a separate general advice sheet on window dressing.
An occasional chair or other seating is always useful in a bedroom, whether to help you dress or as a surface to rest clothing. We look to team seating fabrics with other colours in the room, as below with this aqua crocodile chenille fabric adorning this bed-end chaise.
Storage is important in a bedroom to keep the space clutter-free and welcoming. We generally plan for a bedroom to have a pair of bedside cabinets or night stands. We then select other furniture based on the quantity and type of clothing and other items that need to be stored there. The may include wardrobes,chests of drawers, blanket boxes and dressing tables. We also design bespoke wardrobes for specific cases. If you are short on space, a tallboy chest is a good solution – an elegant set of drawers in a unit taller than a standard chest.
Many clients love their home entertainment and want to access music and film all around the home. It’s not for everybody; the bedroom might be one area that should remain free from gadgets. If you want a TV or music in the space, a compromise would be to hide it. We mount speakers in the ceiling, and below we designed this TV to fit in an ottoman, everything operated by remote control. It is still going strong for our client after 9 years. We have a separate page on bespoke furniture.
We’ve touched on many individual considerations for your bedroom in this portfolio, but we’ve also written a guide to creating a perfect bedroom; just follow to the link to bedroom design ideas.
One final thought; increasingly, bedrooms are having en-suites installed. We have incorporated these both retrospectively and in new builds. Please read our separate page on bathrooms and en-suites.