Rest­ful schemes to in­spire and re­vive

Country Homes & Interiors - - CONTENTS -

take your sleep­ing quar­ters to next-level lux­ury with walk-in wardrobes, sump­tu­ous show­ers and cosy places to curl up in. we re­veal five-star de­sign ideas with clas­sic coun­try-style cre­den­tials

1 Walk this way

’if you have lim­ited space, but like the idea of a walk-in wardrobe, then a walk-through wardrobe is a great al­ter­na­tive and a clever way of util­is­ing the room you have,’ says Nicole Salvesen, founder of Salvesen Gra­ham. ‘Us­ing mir­rored wardrobe doors will make the room feel larger, pro­vide great light and also en­able you to see your­self from all an­gles when de­cid­ing on your out­fit!’ Fit­ting pocket doors to the bed­room will also save space and pre­vent the wardrobe doors from clash­ing.

2 Dress and make up

A walk-in van­ity area is the last word in lux­ury. Max­imise the op­por­tu­nity to pam­per and preen by choos­ing a beau­ti­ful dress­ing ta­ble with open shelv­ing to dis­play fam­ily pho­tos and pretty ce­ram­ics. ‘Al­low as much space as pos­si­ble around your dress­ing ta­ble so that you can sit in comfort, with­out feel­ing crowded,’ ad­vises Si­mon Bodsworth, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Daval. ‘Strate­gi­cally placed light­ing at eye-level will make all the dif­fer­ence when ap­ply­ing make-up. Also con­sider flex­i­ble LED strip lights un­der shelves and cor­nic­ing to pro­vide soft mood light­ing in the evening.’

3 Clas­sic looks

When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing your main bed­room, avoid clichéd themes that will date quickly. In­stead, start with a pared­back nat­u­ral palette and build lay­ers of per­son­al­ity with art­work and ac­ces­sories. The bed­room in this beach-front prop­erty, de­signed by Jill Stein In­te­ri­ors and Cor­nish In­te­ri­ors, chan­nels coastal chic with­out a nau­ti­cal stripe in sight. The con­tem­po­rary four-poster bed of­fers clean lines, while coral mo­tif fab­rics and prints by lo­cal artists add bursts of colour.

4 Go open plan

Master bed­room suites that in­cor­po­rate sleep­ing, dress­ing and bathing fa­cil­i­ties in one in­ter­con­nected space are de rigueur in ho­tel suites. To recre­ate this five-star ex­pe­ri­ence, opt for an open-plan shower room with walk-through dress­ing room. ‘Go­ing open plan will help with light flow but do main­tain a sense of pri­vacy,’ says Ge­orgina Cave, in­te­rior de­signer and di­rec­tor of Cave In­te­ri­ors. ‘In this case we cre­ated a van­ity unit against a di­vid­ing wall that dis­creetly hides the WC.’

5 Get to work

If you’re blessed with a spa­cious bed­room, make it work harder by in­cor­po­rat­ing ad­di­tional func­tions that take it be­yond sleep­ing and dress­ing. ‘Be­fore we start de­vel­op­ing the aes­thetic, we al­ways dis­cuss the own­ers’ life­style and needs, to build up a pic­ture of how the room can be used,’ ex­plains Gemma Hols­grove, as­so­ciate de­signer, Sims Hilditch. The large pro­por­tions and won­der­ful nat­u­ral light in this master bed­room eas­ily ac­com­mo­dates a quiet of­fice area that’s per­fect for catch­ing up with cor­re­spon­dence undis­turbed. A drop-down desk means pa­per­work can be shut away when it’s time to un­wind.

6 Room to re­lax

If you have enough space in your bed­room, a com­fort­able sofa will help to cre­ate a more multi-func­tional scheme. ‘Aim for a calm­ing palette with the oc­ca­sional el­e­ment of de­tail,’ sug­gests in­te­rior de­signer Stephanie Dun­ning of Dun­ning & Ever­ard. ‘Here, the an­tique side chair, cush­ions and dec­o­ra­tive round ta­ble pro­vide in­ter­est as well as a sense of seren­ity that makes it a place to es­cape to.’

7 Hid­den away

A well-de­signed wardrobe in­te­rior is para­mount when plan­ning any bed­room, but even more so if the room is shared. ‘Start by work­ing out what type of stor­age is re­quired. Large open hang­ing rails and spa­cious draw­ers should take care of the bulk of cloth­ing but also look at in­te­grated laun­dry bas­kets, tie racks and shoe carousels to achieve the ul­ti­mate in well-thought-out stor­age,’ says Cari Bate­man, se­nior de­signer at Neville John­son. ‘To achieve time­less coun­try style on the out­side, go for a mix of nat­u­ral wood and glass.’

8 In the zone

‘Large bed­rooms can ac­tu­ally feel a lit­tle cav­ernous and un­friendly. Break­ing up the space into dis­tinct ar­eas can prove cosier and more invit­ing,’ says John Evans, di­rec­tor of John Evans De­sign. Here, a dress­ing area be­hind the head­board helps to utilise the full length of the room, bring­ing the bed and bath closer to the gar­den views. ‘Steal­ing bed­room space to cre­ate his-and-her bath­rooms or dress­ing rooms is a big trend at the mo­ment,’ adds John.

9 Bathing belle

An el­e­gant bath at the foot of the bed can prove in­cred­i­bly sooth­ing. ‘We rec­om­mend speak­ing to your builder or plumber first about the tech­ni­cal­i­ties,’ says Jonathan Carter, Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor, Vic­to­ria & Al­bert. ‘Ex­trac­tion is key, and choos­ing a bath with a void in the base to ac­com­mo­date the waste, helps avoid some of the is­sues as­so­ci­ated with floor­ing.’ Also keep elec­tri­cal sock­ets away from the bath, and don’t for­get to pro­vide a place for the sham­poo while you’re in the tub.

10 Take it to the top

Re­mov­ing the bed­room ceil­ing and us­ing the space right up to the eaves is a good op­tion. ‘This dress­ing area that sits along­side the master bed­room achieves max­i­mum stor­age by tak­ing fit­ted join­ery into the roof apex,’ ex­plains Roselind Wil­son, owner and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Roselind Wil­son De­sign. ‘Ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal in­lays and an­tique brass han­dles make the wardrobes feel part of the ar­chi­tec­ture, while the li­brary-style lad­der is su­per use­ful.’

Bed­spread in Contessa Pais­ley Moon, £255m; blind in Mali Aca­cia, £113m, De Le Cuona. Lau­rel mir­ror, £1,668, Porta Ro­mana. Con­sole ta­ble, £1,591, Chelsea Tex­tiles. De­sign by Salvesen Gra­ham.

Sim­i­lar New­lands bed­room fur­ni­ture in Porce­lain Na­ture, £6,000, Daval Fur­ni­ture.

Sim­i­lar bed, Brook­lyn oak four poster, £920, Turn­bull & Thomas. Wool rug, £157sq m, Cru­cial Trad­ing. De­sign by Jill Stein In­te­ri­ors and Cor­nish In­te­ri­ors.

A sim­i­lar open-plan bed­room, dress­ing room and shower room de­signed by Cave In­te­ri­ors would cost around £25,000.

Sec­re­taire, £3,852, Chelsea Tex­tiles. Cotswold her­ring­bone throw, £120, Nep­tune. Em­per­ors Gar­den Ori­en­tal Tree wall­pa­per, £98 for a 10m roll, GP&J Baker. De­sign by Sims Hilditch.

A sim­i­lar bed­room by Dun­ning & Ever­ard would cost around £16,300. Large Pas­teur lamps, £1,434 each, Porta Ro­mana.

The Tra­di­tional Oak bed­room range by Neville John­son starts from £3,600.

Bed­room by John Evans De­sign. Usk Bateau cast-iron bath, £5,460; Mull Clas­sic bath taps and H-stand, £2,664; all Drum­monds.

Bath, £3,040, Vic­to­ria & Al­bert.

Sim­i­lar be­spoke wardrobes in ash ve­neer would cost around £34,000, in­clud­ing the lad­der; light pen­dant, £1,470, all Roselind Wil­son De­sign.

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