Favourite old pieces combine with new additions to create a scheme that exudes warmth and calm
Reused pieces and new additions sit harmoniously together in this serene space.
NICOLE, CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SPACE?
This is the master bedroom in my own home, a Victorian terrace in south London. Until recently, the house had been used as an architect’s practice, with the bedroom serving as an office. We plan to do considerable work to the building at a later stage, but this first phase involved redecorating the rooms to make them feel welcoming and comfortable, while being mindful of the budget. We also wanted the interiors to have a natural feel to reflect the leafy location of the house.
WHAT WAS YOUR APPROACH TO THE LOOK OF THIS ROOM?
We were keen to reuse pieces from my previous home, although I was conscious that the rooms here are much larger and so some things needed rescaling. The half-tester used to hang above the double bed in my old guest bedroom, so I let down the drapes to work with the taller ceiling. I had new wall lights and reading lights incorporated into the half-tester, and I reused the headboard and the bedspread from my previous master bedroom.
The bedside chests of drawers also came from my former home – they fit perfectly into the alcoves.
HOW DID YOU ENSURE THAT THE DIFFERENT PATTERNS WORK IN HARMONY?
With these patterns, there isn’t one design that overrides the others, so nothing jars. When my business partner Mary and I are reusing pieces, we always like to introduce something new to refresh the scheme, and in this case it is the upholstered bench at the foot of the bed, which has been covered in quite a busy fabric. We find it useful when patterns feature a lot of colours like this one, as they help to tie everything together. The bench also helps to anchor the bed within this large space.
WHAT OTHER TIPS CAN YOU OFFER WHEN IT COMES TO USING PATTERN?
If a scheme has become a bit too perfect, Mary and I like to ‘mess things up’ with something more unexpected. In this instance, I introduced a cushion made from a classic Suzani – I love bringing something like this into the mix as it makes the room feel more settled. The bold silk ikat cushion on the bamboo chair is another slightly unexpected pattern that adds to the mix beautifully.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THE WALL COLOUR?
Because the room is large, I felt it could take the depth of this dark stone hue, which helps ground the different colours and patterns. I used the same stone colour on the woodwork, including the skirting boards, architraves and window frames. By reducing the elements, nothing is shouting out for attention, so the overall effect is calming, which is particularly good for a bedroom.
AND WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHOICE OF FLOORING?
Mary and I often prefer to use sisal rather than carpet, as it gives a similar feel to timber, and we finish it off with a rug. The rug is an incredibly soft flatweave that is wonderful underfoot; it brings another pattern to the scheme, toning with the blues of the different fabrics.