Bed­room di­rec­tions

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Big, bold head­boards have made a wel­come re­turn to the bed­room – they’re an easy way to make the bed a fo­cal point us­ing colour, pat­tern and tex­ture. If the head­board is an elab­o­rate shape or has lots of de­tail, keep the fab­ric plain and tex­tu­ral; a sim­pler sil­hou­ette can take a vi­brant pat­tern. If you opt for the lat­ter, choose muted bed linen and walls and add a few pat­terned ac­cents such as cush­ions or a rug. Be dar­ing, adds Man­deep Dillon, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Savoir Beds. ‘Head­boards are an op­por­tu­nity to make a strong state­ment, but you can al­ways re-cover them as your taste changes or as trends move on.’ For a wide se­lec­tion of head­boards, try Loaf, from £275, which has de­signs in nu­mer­ous fab­rics.


Plan your bed­room light­ing with care – it’s prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant in the home. ‘It’s of­ten an af­ter­thought to a room de­sign, but it’s so im­por­tant for cre­at­ing a re­laxed mood in a bed­room,’ says Nicky Line, cre­ative and prod­uct di­rec­tor of Feather & Black. ‘A dra­matic over­head state­ment piece is practical for those times when you need more light, while lamps ei­ther side of the bed are good for reading and wind­ing down.’ Think be­yond ta­ble lamps – wall lights and low-hung pen­dants be­side the bed are on-trend al­ter­na­tives and free up space on your bed­side ta­ble. Make sure the switches are within easy reach of the bed, ho­tel style, so you don’t need to get up to turn them off. ‘A dim­mer switch is also a good idea for wak­ing up slowly, es­pe­cially in win­ter,’ ad­vises Lucy Hel­more, buy­ing and mer­chan­dise di­rec­tor of And So To Bed.


What gives a room char­ac­ter? It’s all about mix­ing things up. From in­ter­est­ing colours and pat­terns to vin­tage finds and the odd un­ex­pected touch, di­verse el­e­ments bring a room to life. The last fea­ture could be state­ment light­ing, a fam­ily heir­loom or just a quirky or­na­ment, but it should be some­thing that sparks joy. If you’re un­sure about how to bring verve to a space, start with fab­rics, sug­gests Nicky Line of Feather & Black. ‘Lay­er­ing tex­tures will in­ject in­ter­est and per­son­al­ity to a bed­room. Jac­quard bed linen is a great way of adding pat­tern in a sub­tle style be­cause the de­sign is wo­ven into the fab­ric. You can then layer more sump­tu­ous tex­tiles on top, such as vel­vet or knit­ted throws.’ Mak­ing a col­lage of fam­ily pho­tos and art­work to hang above your bed is an­other great idea.

can you pull off more than one pat­tern in a bed­room? Ab­so­lutely – it’s all about bal­ance. con­trast­ing two de­signs cre­ates a strong, clear mes­sage with­out over­whelm­ing the senses: this could mean a bold wall­pa­per against a pat­terned rug or two clash­ing mo­tifs on the bed. choose a uni­fy­ing theme, such as geo­met­rics or flo­rals, and keep some ar­eas plain to main­tain a rest­ful feel. ‘I like to use a calm colour on walls and then let fab­rics do the talk­ing on the head­board and cur­tains,’ says Man­deep Dillon of Savoir Beds. ‘ex­trav­a­gant pat­terns cre­ate a sense of fun.’ Fi­nally, make sure you choose light­ing that can hold its own against strong prints, as that will help ev­ery­thing hang to­gether.

Project de­tails the strong colour con­trasts in this room work thanks to a good bal­ance be­tween pat­terns and plains. this jute Geo­met­ric pic Nic fab­ric in corail is by Dedar, £167.50 per m. the bed­ding is from car­a­vane and the con­ran Shop. For a sim­i­lar...

Project de­tails This wall lamp com­bines prac­ti­cal­ity with retro glam­our. The crys­tal com­ple­ments the painterly Wis­te­ria raw silk wall­pa­per, £677 for a 91.5cm wide panel, by de Gour­nay. The lamp is from The Ar­chi­tec­tural Fo­rum, but you can find sim­i­lar...

Project de­tails This IC S1 light by Michael Anas­tas­si­ades for Flos, from £288, at House­ol­ogy, shows how well pen­dant lights can work be­side a bed. We love the way it hangs neatly in­side the ex­tended wrap­around head­board, cre­at­ing a cosy feel. The...

Project de­tails Fash­ion de­signer Matthew Wil­liamson is known for his colour­ful style and the bed­room in his Lon­don home is equally flam­boy­ant, with vin­tage pieces and turquoise paint­work. The ostrich feather lamp, £3,300, is from A Mod­ern Grand Tour....

Project de­tails this fea­ture wall­pa­per works in a sim­i­lar way to a head­board, po­si­tion­ing the bed as the fo­cal point of the room and al­low­ing the rest of the space to re­main tran­quil. the pa­per used here is chan­nels in Lake Beige, £613 per 9m, by Kelly...

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