2016 is here! January is already in full swing and the team and I are looking forward to our exciting projects this year. One project we are particularly in love with at the moment is a beautiful country house hotel called the Bath Priory, for which we are doing the interior design of 13 bedrooms. As you can imagine, this has got me thinking about what makes a bedroom feel luxurious? Moreover, how does one capture that feeling of a hotel-worthy bedroom at home?
To me, bedrooms are very personal spaces. On the one hand, bedrooms are innately private. They are sanctuaries where we can shut the door to the world to find relaxation, restoration and intimacy. On the other hand, bedrooms are also hard working spaces that have a lot of practical considerations. The perfect bedroom is one which strikes a balance between a calming aesthetic and clever pragmatic design. Careful thought needs to be given to storage, seating, lighting and the flow to connecting rooms like an en-suite bathroom or dressing room.
I always begin a bedroom design by looking at the amount of natural light the room gets. This will influence the general arrangement of furniture as well as the colour palette and elements such as floor, wall and window treatments. In the room above, we used a gentle colour palette to enhance the light and airy feeling created by the large windows and high ceilings. But we were also careful to use a heavy, luxurious linen fabric for the curtains to keep warmth and block light.
The bed is the centrepiece in any bedroom. Upholstered beds create a soft, welcoming feeling while four poster or sleigh beds create a dramatic statement. However, the bed is never on its own. I like to think of the side tables and footstool as a triangle that surrounds and anchors the bed. These elements have an important aesthetic impact but they are obviously also very practical for storing extra blankets, books and other personal items. Deciding on the style of bedside furniture will depend on your lifestyle - if you have loads of books and gadgets to keep handy you'll want sizeable side tables. But if you prefer your bedroom to be more of a zen like space in which sleeping is the priority, you can get away with minimal wall lights and very simple bedside storage.
There are many more decisions that go into making a bedroom just perfect - from big ones like choosing the right linen to little ones such as the perfect light bulbs to give off just the right amount of light. I'd be here all day if I had to list all of them! Suffice to say, if you follow the tips I've mentioned above you will be on your way to creating a beautiful hotel-worthy bedroom.