Australian House & Garden
Embrace creature comforts and colour to establish a dreamy private sanctuary, writes Sarah Pickette.
Creating a gorgeous bedroom comes down to the right balance: you want your sleeping space to be restful yet practical, and layered but not too busy. Texture and colour are the key weapons in your decorating arsenal. “For some, colour refreshes and enlivens, while others find it has the opposite effect,” says Julia Green, interior designer and owner of Greenhouse Interiors in Victoria. “A great bedroom will always reflect the personalities of the people who spend time in it, and pay homage to their happiness. It’s that simple.”
A bedhead in Norwegian Rose marble is the star of the show in this room, owned by Space Grace & Style interior designer Rebecca Jansma. “It’s a beautiful stone with colour variations that run from blush to mossy green,” she says. To balance the hard surface, Jansma introduced Bedouin Societe bedlinen, open-weave fabric curtains and a grasscloth wallpaper. “I wanted to hang a slab of marble on the wall but it looked too edgy. So our stonemason cut it to shape and roughed the edges to keep it raw-looking.” Painting by Richard Stenhouse. spacegracestyle.com.au
DREAM STATE“CREATING A SENSE OF SANCTUARY WAS TOP OF MIND WHEN I WAS DESIGNING THE MAIN BEDROOM OF THIS SYDNEY HOUSE [ABOVE AND RIGHT ],” SAYS INTERIOR DESIGNER LARA ET TE. TO SET THE SCENE, THE WALLS WERE PAINTED DU LUXWI STOW (“A GREENGREY WITH GOOD DEPTH”) AND COMPLEMENTED WITH LIGHT-AS-AIR SHEER CURTAINS AND ANA B AC A RUG FROM INTERNATIONAL FLOOR COVE RINGS. THE DREAMY FEEL IS ENHANCED BY THE INCLUSION OF CLASSIC FORNASETTI II ‘NU VOL ET TE’ WALLPAPER FROM COLE & SON. LARAETTE DESIGN.CO M
‘It’s always the details that make a bedroom: having lights at the right height, a textural rug and beautiful window treatments.’
Lara Ette, interior designer
With her background in graphic design and photography, interior decorator Kathryn Bloomer was always going to embrace pattern and colour. “I love the element of surprise that comes from seemingly discordant prints being used together,” she says. In the main bedroom of her Sydney home (above) she’s paired a geometric Thibaut ‘Laos’ wallpaper with a deep-green Martyn Lawrence Bullard ‘Kerlos’ fabric on the bedhead. “The green gives me the beachy Bahamas feel I was after.” Mirrors from The Family Love Tree balance the space and sheer curtains add a further textural layer. “I often find my kids relaxing in my bedroom, so I’m not the only one who loves it!” she adds.
BRIGHT STAR A VIBRANT PAINTING, BY RON BY MAR CIA PRIESTLEY, INSPIRED THE DESIGN OF THIS MELBOURNE BEDROOM( BELOW) BY GREENHOUSE INTERIORS. “ITS PALETTE INFORMED THE MUTED COLOUR OF THE WALLS AND FLOOR ,” SAYS JULIA GREEN .“EVERYTHING WAS SELECTED TO LET THE ART SHINE .” THE WALLPAPER WAS ALSO DESIGNED BY PRIESTLEY AND IS AVAILABLE FROM SCANDINAVIAN WALLPAPER& DÉCOR. “COLOUR IS LIKE A LANGUAGE ,” SAYS GREEN. “YOU CAN DIAL IT UP OR DOWN TO CREATE PRECISELY THE MOOD YOU WANT.”