10 DREAMY MASTER BEDROOMS
Restful schemes to inspire and revive
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.