The scheme for a bedroom should be something that you find relaxing and cosy, although a quick look through our gallery of ideas suggests that there are plenty of ways to interpret that. Pale paint colours and understated patterns certainly have their moment, but spare rooms are often a great place to run riot with colour and pattern, perhaps in the form of a bedroom wallpaper, since they're unlikely to be occupied every day. Make sure the bones of the room work for how you use the room. If space and budget allow, some built-in joinery can make all the difference for storage, and give the room a more seamless feel than if it's stuffed with furniture.
Window treatments are hugely important in a bedroom; some people prefer that not a chink of light can get in, while others like to wake up with the daylight. Long, luxurious curtains are beautiful in a bedroom, in a thick material that will feel cosy in winter, perhaps with sheer blinds behind to let the light in during the daytime. There are plenty of readymade curtains out there if you're on a budget, and blinds alone can also be a cost-effective way to dress your windows. Having a blackout blind made in a fabric of your choice does not have to cost the earth.
In the winter bedroom of this Umbrian house by Maria Speake, the 1960s crochet bedspread from Kirsten Hecktermann works well with the crewelwork headboard.
Salvesen Graham have expertly combined comfort and elegance in this top-floor Mayfair apartment, swathing the bedrooms in muted colours and patterns. “De Gournay felt like the perfect solution to elevate this small bedroom,” says Nicole. “We also had the challenge of incorporating air conditioning into the room so we designed bookshelves either side of the window to mask both units. This also had the effect of foreshortening what was previously an overly long space.” The use of a bed tester helped achieve that very English style the client was looking for.
In the main bedroom in Michael Dansk's cool Copenhagen apartment, a bed by Rye Sleep is spread with a cover from Tekla. The ceiling is painted with Son of Mr Green by File Under Pop and the walls with Stones & Bones. The large rice paper lamp is by Isamu Noguchi, whose lamps Michael collects.
In one of the bedrooms in Atticus Branch and Ahmed Hassan's shared flat in East London, the large painting is one of Atticus's own and is flanked by bookshelves in Little Greene's ‘Atomic Red’. The green armchair is from Sweet Interiors, and the lamp is from Past Caring in Islington.
In the main bedroom of Kate Cox's Bristol flat, a light, airy feel is created by walls in ‘Pink Ground’ by Farrow & Ball and plenty of natural materials, including a woven lampshade and a rush-seat bobbin chair.
When photographer Laura Muthesius and her wife, stylist Nora Eisermann, acquired a neglected former schoolhouse in the north German countryside, it took a gut renovation to transform it into the calmly beautiful retreat it now is. The main bedroom, with a bed from Matri by Fennobed. The rug is from Sera Helsinki. The bed linen is from By Mölle with a linen blanket from Tekla.
This idyllic cottage in Oxfordshire was looking rather tired until a trio of creatives - designer Sarah Delaney, architects Barnaby Gunning and garden designer Butter Wakefield - gave it a characterful update, both inside and out. In the bedroom, an elegant chandelier hangs above the bed and a handwoven cashmere 'Khumbu Blanket' from Rose Uniacke introduces rich colour to the space.
Melinda Stevens' bedroom in her west London house is a dramatic space with glossy turquoise panelling and a riot of patterns on the bed. “The drawings that line it are by Edward Le Bas, my husband’s great uncle, who was part of the Bloomsbury crew. They are his costume designs for a production of The Duchess of Malfi, given to me by my mother-in-law."