This bedroom design project was set in a fantastic Victorian property in Clifton. The clients felt that their bedroom had not had the same attention as the rest of their home. It had an eclectic mix of furniture gathered over the years, a large fan on the ceiling, a random sofa and heavy curtains which blocked out most of the daylight. The interior design brief was to transform this into a stylish retreat, increase the natural light and introduce new furniture.
We took the opportunity to design and make a large, bespoke fabric headboard, as the central feature for the room. The headboard design incorporated a comfortable slope from bottom to top for the occupants to lean against naturally when reading. We also incoporated touch-sensitive fibre optic reading lights into the structure, allowing one partner to read whilst the other could sleep without disturbance.
Hidden TV in Ottoman
We designed and made the TV in Ottoman to suit an existing TV with built-in DVD player. The mechanism was operated by remote control which automatically turned on the TV when lifted, and turned it off on descent.
We designed bedroom lighting features controlled by a number of switches. Main lighting was a series of recessed downlighters on a dimmer switch complemented by a stylish central chandelier. In addition to the touch-sensitive reading lights in the headboard, we also incorporated warm white strip-lighting into the top of the structure as a dramatic crowning effect for this central bedroom feature.
We fitted make-up lighting either side of a large mirror over the dressing table to add a touch of film-star glamour. Apparently our clients’ daughters spent a lot of time here. A 5-Amp lighting circuit then controlled all the table and side lamps from the doorway creating a series of welcoming glows around the room.
Curtains, Blinds and Fabrics
The combination of roman blind with dress curtains allows natural light to flood in, with the two huge frameless bevelled mirrors bouncing this light around the room. The silk blind was a series of pale blue rings on an ivory coloured background flanked by silk dress curtains. The faux suede on the headboard was matched by that on the ottoman and a bedspread and cushions in similar fabrics completed the look. We also upholstered the window seat cushions in a spotty chenille, matching one of the scatter cushions.
We chose dark wood furniture in contemporary style, including bedside cabinets, and 2 sizes of chest of drawers for storage complementing the clients’ walk-in dressing room. The dressing table was a simple dark-wood design, using a solid side table as the seat.
We revisited this client 7 years after we had finished the project and the bedroom still looks as fresh as when we did the work.
Jan P, Clifton, Bristol
It looks really great