Bedroom / February 27, 2018 / Aniyah Augustine.
This master bedroom in a grand, light-filled house in Dorchester has lofty ceilings and huge sash windows. We reinstated the cornice and picture rail to balance out the scale of the room and visually lower the ceiling. The owners were initially nervous moving from magnolia to indigo blue walls, but Farrrow and Ball ‘Pitch Blue’ in this south facing room adds depth and drama. The rich blue is punctuated with the warm mustard of the tall bedside lamps and accessories, and the geometric embroidered curtains keep the large windows from over-powering the space.
The bedroom is a place you should be able to relax, rest and sleep well. The space, therefore, should be simple, clean and uncluttered. Ban all the unnecessary items and focus on the essentials – comfy pillows, soft bedding, good light for reading, small bedside table to keep your books and water carafe, and a basket for magazines, books or an extra blanket. Create a space where you can rest your eyes and calm your mind – white walls and no busy patterns. Add ing texture by using a variety of fabrics and layers creates a feeling of calm and also the crumpled linen looks very inviting. The only decoration it needs is a single artwork on the wall, fragrant candle of fresh flowers. Beauty is in simplicity.
Regardless of style and budget, we still all need the same things from a bedroom; calm throughout the seasons and a colour palette to reflect them. A mix of patterns and texture gives a classic contemporary feel, giving you scope to add further or indeed remove according to new finds, or renewed love of old things.
When it comes to bedroom design I truly believe in ‘Less is More’. We spend an average of 6 – 8 hours each day in our bedroom and it is where we recharge our batteries. This is why I think it’s important to keep the bedroom absolutely clutter-free and functional, yet cosy and relaxing.