COOL and contemporary, this bedroom was created by our resident House Doctors, Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, for pop-up design experience DreamHouzz.
‘The brief was challenging but so much fun: a creative professional couple working in east London who love to travel,’ explain the design duo. ‘Design is important and they have a spare room for dressing, so this space is their sanctuary. They love animals and have a mini dachshund so the wallpaper is a witty nod to their beloved animal companion. Wallpaper is such a great idea for the bedroom — here we used it on three walls and used blue and grey paint elsewhere.
‘The couple wanted a vibrant bedroom to set them up for their day so we decided to pick one strong colour — as in the electric blue Luca bed and ottoman, both from love-your-home.co.uk — and use it as an accent. We kept everything else monochrome. It’s a simple trick to take away. The arches of the large bed nod to their love of European design and soften the industrial setting of their home. As always in our work as interior designers, the biggest challenge is staying true to the strong architectural roots of a space while allowing the clients’ personalities to shine.
‘It was important that this was a non-tech zone — somewhere to read and relax with a drink, away from phones or TV. The space is quite long but we zoned it to make a bold statement of the bed by the window and allow space for a breakout chill zone for reading with a nightcap before bed.
‘It’s a bedroom that’s packed with personality and filled with colours, decor and furniture the clients love. And if you love your room, it will of course be timeless — this is why we avoid trends.’
For a thoroughly modern look, swap traditional bedside table lamps for pendants suspended from the ceiling. Isla 1-Light Dome Pendant, £34.99, wayfair.co.uk
Made from recycled plastic bottles, the Diamond Cobalt blanket is eco-friendly. £45, weavergreen.com
If you don’t want a wardrobe dominating your room or simply need extra hanging space, the minimalist Arnie black metal clothes rail can be moved around at will. £16.20, habitat.co.uk
Fill your boudoir with faux house plants for greenery that’s maintenance free. Set of two Faux Syngonium potted plants. £24, audenza.com
‘This charming, boho bedroom is definitely one of my favourites,’ says Cindy Fuller, founder of Designs Direct, a bespoke, online interior design service catering for every budget. ‘Although the look is bang on trend at the moment, with its soft, relaxed vibe, the neutral colours give it a timeless appeal. Then there’s the tiny pop of soft mustard and pink in the cushions, which give it a slightly edgy feel. The one thing that really stands out is the exquisite wardrobe. This type can be found on the internet for around £500-600 and will be a great investment piece.
‘The room feels inviting with its effortless elegance and actually it wouldn’t be too difficult to recreate from high street furniture and homeware stores. It’s a look that is currently trending.
‘The gorgeous wicker chair can be purchased from Ikea for around £70 while the charming mango and macramé room divider can be found for £360. These types of screens not only look pretty but are also great for sectioning off part of your room without losing too much light.
‘The floor mat is a lovely addition, especially if you have hardwood or stone flooring. Check out H&M Home as they carry a wide range of accessories you will need to recreate this style at a great price.’
Pick macramé pieces like this Ian Snow macramé drum lampshade, for a handcrafted look. £75, trouva.com
The Gladom tray table in powder-coated steel has a handy removable tray for serving. £15, ikea.com
Round & round
Cover floors with this Sarina handwoven brown natural jute rug for instant artisan cool. £60.99, wayfair.co.uk
The dark side
‘We love this strong, confident look,’ say interior duo Caroline Nicholls and Deborah Moor of Slightly Quirky. ‘It’s striking, yet relaxing, with the layering of rich colour and mix of textures creating a sumptuous feel. We are seeing more dark colours in bedrooms and love giving our clients the confidence to not always go for the safe, predictable option. This works because of the well-defined palette, which sticks to just a few colours, with touches of pattern and flashes of bronze and brass to add decadence. The strong contrast between the dark walls and the yellow with the crisp white ceiling and textural bedding lifts the look to create an unforgettable statement boudoir.
‘A great way to recreate this would be with your paint and by opting for a strong colour, such as Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue (£45 per 2.5l, farrow-ball.com). A simpler shaped headboard covered in a bright velvet could be a cheaper alternative. Cushions are a simple and effective way to inject the essence of this theme, animal print is on trend but is easily changed. We love Graham & Green. To get these great bedside tables at a fraction of the cost, keep a look out at antique fairs or charity shops, repaint them and add great handles. You’ll find a selection at chloealberry.com, etsy.com or notonthehighstreet.com.’
This antique gold, resin feather wall mirror is striking against a charcoal backdrop. £46, featherandblack.com
Hang up this Cara palm leaf pendant ceiling light for a touch of art deco glam. £120, debenhams.com
Pile on the pattern with a few leopard-print faux fur cushions. £15, riverisland.com
Get the luxe look for less with the Kuester upholstered headboard in this season’s go-to shade. £57.99, wayfair.co.uk
This ornate, carved resin, buffalo skull is all about making a statement. £39.95, melodymaison.co.uk