Tell a story

How do I make my be­d­room more in­ter­est­ing, decor-wise?

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Tracey Strange

To help an­swer this ques­tion, bed com­pany Sealy re­cently asked New Zealand de­sign­ers to ar­range “dream bed­rooms” around a dis­tinc­tive pink vel­vet bed (pink for char­ity — the beds and ac­ces­sories will be auc­tioned off at the end of the month to raise money for the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion). Based on the theme “re­flec­tion and re­ju­ve­na­tion”, each con­cept takes a slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proach to how to el­e­vate a room so that it feels rest­ful but doesn’t write up a big price tag. They can all be checked out on Trade Me from Mon­day. Four de­sign­ers were in­volved: Melissa Gree­nough, host of tele­vi­sion’s HOME­made; de­signer and il­lus­tra­tor Evie Kemp; Alex Walls from Alex & Cor­ban Home; and LeeAnn Yare from home­wares store Col­lected. Here’s how Kemp, who cre­ated a one-off print of a re­paired vase to an­chor her de­sign, put her room to­gether.

1 Com­bine old and new pieces, she says. Con­sider al­ter­na­tives for bed­side ta­bles. “I found a pair of Vic­to­rian ship am­mu­ni­tions boxes that make per­fect side ta­bles that tell a story.”

2 Over the bed is the per­fect place for a state­ment art­work but make sure it’s hung se­curely. “I was in­spired by the art of kintsugi, a Ja­pa­nese art form and phi­los­o­phy based on the idea of re­pair to a bro­ken ob­ject, par­tic­u­larly ce­ram­ics, which can then tell a story and make the ob­ject even more beau­ti­ful,” she says. “It shows that bro­ken ob­jects are not some­thing to hide, but to dis­play with pride, and I love how that res­onates as a metaphor for breast can­cer re­cov­ery.”

3 Sec­ond only to the bed, light­ing is the most im­por­tant fea­ture in a be­d­room. “Noth­ing beats a beau­ti­ful bed­side lamp on each side for cosy light­ing and ad­e­quate light by which to read. The lamps are by Steiner Ce­ram­ics, and I chose them to echo the shape of a woman’s body.”

4 A sim­ple paint ef­fect can cre­ate the im­pres­sion of a head­board to en­close the space. “I used Du­lux Pukawa (top) and the darker Mo­er­aki (bot­tom), and then added sim­ple ‘bro­ken’ lines in Du­lux Aro St to add tex­ture and pat­tern that ties into the theme of the room with­out be­ing over­pow­er­ing.”

5 A beau­ti­ful bed de­serves lux­u­ri­ous bed­ding. “Layer up com­bi­na­tions of soft, scrunchy linens like these from Fox­trot Home,” she says.

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