Designing a space from scratch provides a great opportunity to take full advantage of all the design tools and theory available to me. For my master bedroom I wanted to create a space that feels like a boutique hotel (but doesn’t cost as much!)
As I promote the concept of ‘form follows function’, I started with the layout and structure of the space. One wall is completely taken up by a full width fitted wardrobe, which provides more than enough storage for everything we need in the room. The opposite wall contains the doorway to the room and will eventually house a doorway into the ensuite (yet to be converted from the current box bedroom).
We have a beautiful 1950’s circular bay window, but sadly the elegance is lost by the fact that it isn’t full height to the ceiling, creating a slightly stumpy effect and, as we are a tall family, restricts our ability to stand in the window to admire the view!
So, to make things simple, the window will be altered to allow greater headspace above and provide the elegance and light to give it justice, and just to really take advantage of the now usable space within the bay, it will house a feature seating area. The wardrobes will remain in situ, the bed will be positioned between the two doorways, with small, wall-mounted side tables either side. Side lights for reading will be suspended from the ceiling on either side of the bed to keep the tables clear for a book and glass. Each light will be independently operated to allow for total flexibility.
Now the shape of the room has been firmed up, the fun can really begin; designing a space that suits our personalities and needs but also works for the intended environment.
I am really interested in the psychology of colour; how our colour choices define the behaviours within our environment as well as our general mood and wellbeing. Aptly described by Mark McCauley in his book Color Therapy at Home, ‘The proper arrangement of color in the home helps us on a physical level by serving as a signpost, i.e. defining a space as casual or formal, active or passive. It promotes our intellectual life through clarity and impacts us emotionally when we combine colors for their psychological effect.’
I wanted to create a calm and tranquil room for us to get a decent nights sleep and feel relaxed and refreshed in the morning. A low-contrast achromatic scheme provides a soothing backdrop; white provokes a feeling of purity and peace. Grey is dependable and wise. Beige is ‘the hue of the twilight zone, the color of that period between sleep and wakefulness…’ and also helps to add a warmth, comfort and depth to the cooler whites and greys.
And then for an accent to add a bit of wow! Yellow is energising like the sun. It stimulates and animates, evokes happiness and radiates inspiration. Although not traditionally used for bedrooms, I felt the colour would help pull my grumpy husband out of his morning glumness and inspire him to greet the new morning with a smile! And gold signifies undying love. A bit cheesy, but a yellow-gold accent therefore seemed like a good fit.
And now onto the shopping list…
Chaise Long: Charley Chaise in Yolk Yellow from Made.com £299
Curtain fabric: Silver Birch Shadow from Prestigious Textiles £156
Light fittings: Mouth blown glass pendant from Homary £162
Side tables: Stockholm Graphite Tables from du-nord (eBay) £110
Artwork: Moon Phases Print Set from simplegeometry (Etsy) £112
Cushions: Selection from Dunelm Mill and Hofdeco (eBay) £53
Keep an eye out for the completed project in my portfolio – I’m just waiting for the building work to be completed and can’t wait to get started.