Tell a story
How do I make my bedroom more interesting, decor-wise?
To help answer this question, bed company Sealy recently asked New Zealand designers to arrange “dream bedrooms” around a distinctive pink velvet bed (pink for charity — the beds and accessories will be auctioned off at the end of the month to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation). Based on the theme “reflection and rejuvenation”, each concept takes a slightly different approach to how to elevate a room so that it feels restful but doesn’t write up a big price tag. They can all be checked out on Trade Me from Monday. Four designers were involved: Melissa Greenough, host of television’s HOMEmade; designer and illustrator Evie Kemp; Alex Walls from Alex & Corban Home; and LeeAnn Yare from homewares store Collected. Here’s how Kemp, who created a one-off print of a repaired vase to anchor her design, put her room together.
1 Combine old and new pieces, she says. Consider alternatives for bedside tables. “I found a pair of Victorian ship ammunitions boxes that make perfect side tables that tell a story.”
2 Over the bed is the perfect place for a statement artwork but make sure it’s hung securely. “I was inspired by the art of kintsugi, a Japanese art form and philosophy based on the idea of repair to a broken object, particularly ceramics, which can then tell a story and make the object even more beautiful,” she says. “It shows that broken objects are not something to hide, but to display with pride, and I love how that resonates as a metaphor for breast cancer recovery.”
3 Second only to the bed, lighting is the most important feature in a bedroom. “Nothing beats a beautiful bedside lamp on each side for cosy lighting and adequate light by which to read. The lamps are by Steiner Ceramics, and I chose them to echo the shape of a woman’s body.”
4 A simple paint effect can create the impression of a headboard to enclose the space. “I used Dulux Pukawa (top) and the darker Moeraki (bottom), and then added simple ‘broken’ lines in Dulux Aro St to add texture and pattern that ties into the theme of the room without being overpowering.”
5 A beautiful bed deserves luxurious bedding. “Layer up combinations of soft, scrunchy linens like these from Foxtrot Home,” she says.