Em­brace the sea­son

Berkshire Life - - HOME IN ON DESIGN -

With the cooler tem­per­a­tures and the warm and vi­brant colours of the land­scape, au­tumn is most def­i­nitely here and now is a great op­por­tu­nity to cosy up our homes.

And what bet­ter place to be­gin than the bed­room? The start­ing point is the bed, of course – and most prob­a­bly a new mat­tress as we are sup­posed to change them ev­ery eight years. The firm­ness of the mat­tress is im­por­tant for a good night’s sleep and it may be worth try­ing some out be­fore you buy one – add a mat­tress top­per to in­crease com­fort lev­els. A head­board up­grade will make a huge im­pact too, with so much choice avail­able on the style and fab­ric. I love the slightly over­sized ones, padded and with de­tail­ing.

The right size bed­side ta­ble is next on the list. If you have a lot of items to store then go for some­thing with two or three draw­ers, and if you have the space, an over­sized chest of draw­ers will work well. If you don’t have too much clut­ter, then a sim­ple ta­ble will be great to keep the space open. I re­ally like the faux sha­green fin­ishes (an im­i­ta­tion of real St­ingray skin) paired with warm-tone met­als.

Next you need a ta­ble lamp for low-level mood light­ing. Make sure the light is the cor­rect height for read­ing and is in pro­por­tion to the head­board. An­gled wall lights work well here, as do sus­pended ceil­ing lights. You may want to add a fea­ture wall­pa­per along this wall too to com­plete the ef­fect and you may need some other light­ing, pos­si­bly a cen­tre pen­dant ide­ally on a dim­mer switch.

Stor­age is a ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion: if you have room, then some built-in wardrobes would look smart and can be de­signed to neatly store away all your clothes and shoes, with a bit of care­ful plan­ning. If you al­ready have some that are look­ing a bit tired, a re­fresh of paint in a new colour and re­place­ment han­dles are great ways to eas­ily up­date them. If you have the space, a dress­ing ta­ble is per­fect with a stool (a pop of colour here would look great) or even a desk that could dou­ble up as a home-work­ing area (with a chair in­stead).

Mir­rors are use­ful in a bed­room – full length if you have the space, for dress­ing, and also a make-up mir­ror (which needs to re­ally do make all the dif­fer­ence to any scheme. The town­house in Chelsea is al­most com­plete too – again there are just a few fin­ish­ing touches to be made, which I am ex­cited about too. I can’t wait to share pho­to­graphs on In­sta­gram so please do fol­low us!

ABOVE: A con­tem­po­rary bed­room by Parisian de­sign­ers Roche Bobois

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