Dream big | Bedroom designs
Combine clever design with sensual fabrics to create relaxing but functional spaces.
Heads boards and treatments
01 Open-plan areas need smart thinking to feel well put together, and multipurpose design is one way to ensure the space works hard. A panel that divides the room and serves as a headboard is the ingenious device that Olivier Chabaud Architects used to section off a loft. Mounted lights add to the seamless effect by doing away with the need for side tables.
Ahead of the curve
02 Look at existing decor elements that could serve as a headboard – a discarded window, a weathered shutter. The idea here is to add character, which this arched mirror (mounted on the wall) does. Be careful to maintain balance, however – its vintage appeal and the roughness of the timber wall has been countered with luxurious marbled ‘Spinel’ fabric in charcoal/silver from Black Fabrics’ Anthology collectionto elevate the look.
03 There’s no rule that says your bed has to be against a wall. Introduce drama by placing it in the centre of the room, using a standing hinged headboard to offer a sense of seclusion. When planning the space, take your cue from Midsummer Milanoby creating a bedroom environment where all the elements – from the linen to the furniture – are in harmony. Consider luxe fabrics (they use Zegna and Agnona cloth) to give the upholstery added polish.
04 Casarredo’s Sound Night bedby Gamma International is a revelation for couples with different habits. The headboard is divided and each side can be adjusted independently. The solid wood frame is covered in Italian leather and available in a range of colours and textures.
Built-in elements are increasingly being eschewed in favour of loose, freestanding pieces that can be swapped, moved around and altered easily. This thinking can be applied to everything from storage to lighting (use hanging pendants instead of a sconce or lamp). Side tables are the easiest to find quirky substitutes for, such as chairs, piles of books or stools – the one below from Tuck Box Design provides a less formal effect.
Best seat in the house
05 Even when working with something super traditional, such as a colonial-inspired, mosquito-netting-clad four-poster, such as this one by Inge Moore of London-based interior design firm HBA, small tweaks can enhance the experience. The elegant grey tone used in the bedrooms at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in the Okavangonot only updates the look but also allows greater visibility through the fabric when sitting in bed.
06 Architectural details can add visual depth as well as serve a purpose. When in the building stages, consider a permanent headboard-cum-mantel that frames the bed as well as acts as a display surface. Light and breezy, this all-white and wood bedroom scheme is dressed in Linen House’s Haze bedspread.
07 Even a quick fix can create an impact. Paint is the easiest and most cost-effective way to create illusion. Don’t be scared to use colour, either – especially in a child’s bedroom.
08 Blok’s design ethos when conceptualising its latest project, NINEonS, was compact, clever design that answers the imperative of urban living – multipurpose spaces. These drawers built into the bed base are a clever yet simple way to utilise every inch of space in an apartment without sacrificing a sleek, contemporary aesthetic.
09 The Fitted wardrobe by Rodolfo Dordoni for Poliformis an ode to lightness – where the wardrobe enhances the brightness of the spaces thanks to the thinness of the structure. The design features smoky almost-transparent doors – lit from within – that are both dramatic and very modern, creating the effect of a contemporary boudoir. The Senzafine island adds to this dressing-room space with additional easy-to-access storage in a luxe execution.
10 Storage on show is no longer a no-no – the idea of creating a feature out of a rail is in keeping with an urban, open-plan way of living and can be charming if you keep it tidy. An idea to prevent the area from feeling unfinished is to paper the walls in a feminine pattern – this dressing space is an example, where a pretty design from Silk & Cotton Co keeps the look light and elegant.
- Olivier Chabaud Architects:olivierchabaud.com
- Black Fabrics:blackfabrics.co.za
- Midsummer Milano:midsummermilano.com
- Tuck Box Design: tuckboxdesign.com.au
- Linen House: linenhouse.co.za
- Silk & Cotton Co:silkco.co.za
Text Julia Freemantle