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Tall Ceilings Make Great Features: A Converted Mill Bedroom


Who Mandy
Where Saltaire, West Yorkshire
Budget £2,000 - £5,000
Package Project Managed

The bedroom in this converted mill apartment has disproportionately tall ceilings at over 3m high. The dark walls and ceiling-height border detail, made the ceiling appear even higher, creating a tunnel effect.

The layout of the room did not make the best use of space and there was a serious lack of storage.

The brief was to design a room which felt light and welcoming, incorporating storage for clothing and the suitcases and other items that had no home, and bringing in a sense of luxe.

We started with the layout of the room. By relocating the storage heater further down the wall, we created space to reposition the bed into the centre of the room. This allowed us to utilise both ends of the room better, and create a focus point between the two beautiful windows.

The chest of drawers was repositioned to one end of the room, and a small tub chair was introduced, creating a cosy reading corner. At the opposite end of the room a large, mirrored wardrobe was added, creating a huge amount of storage and bringing light into the space, giving the effect that the room was twice the size.

We brought in a cream and aqua colour scheme and opted to paint the walls light, and the ceiling dark. By bringing the paint down the top portion of the walls, we have given the illusion that the ceiling is lower, making the room feel more in proportion.

Curtains were swapped for Roman blinds, so as not to get in the way of the furniture and rustic side tables were added to either side of the bed, which complemented the original vintage furniture and suited my client's shabby-chic styling.

Lastly, the original pine bed-head was customised using a chalk paint effect, changing the orange pine, to teal and cream, with a classic shabby-chic sanding effect which complements the decor beautifully. The stunning glass light fitting hangs low over the bed, enhancing the effect that the ceiling is lower than it actually is.

'Her vision was outstanding.'