How to transform a bedroom into a statement design with wow factor

In a bedroom we need to feel relaxed, cocooned, but also our bedroom is our own private sanctuary, and we can really stamp it with personality and do something unexpected. Walls are an amazing canvas on which to do this and make a statement.

2020 is seeing a real trend in over sized wall prints, either in off the shelf wallpapers, or in bespoke digital prints. Companies such as Robin Sprong wallpaper (see below) are creating unique images and textures to bring life and character to our walls.

Another option is lining walls with fabric – a design feature led by Interior designer to the stars Kit Kemp in many of her hotel chains. Covering walls with fabric adds warmth and a tailored, cosy texture you can't get with paint or paper alone. A quick tutorial on You Tube, and a decent staple gun could achieve this hotel designer look. This could also be carried through to cover boring or unappealing wardrobe doors, so that only the handles are on show.

If budget and time are an issue, then paint can have as much impact as wallpaper by dividing colour into sections of the wall. Two or even three tone walls work beautifully with colours that don’t jar against each other – for some great advice on this, I turn to the latest decorating manual ‘Recipes for decorating’ by Joa Studholme. Full of amazing tips on creating impact and wow factor simply by changing our entrenched ideas on where, and with what colours we paint. (image Little Greene Paint Company)

For serious impact the maximalist trend seems here to stay, so layering pattern on pattern is a good way to create a major statement. To make sure it all mixes well together, and isn’t going to give you bad dreams at night, find a common thread between it all; a floral, a colour or a motif. (picture courtesy of Biba at House of Fraser)

For me personally I love to see one stand out piece in a bedroom; be it an oversized headboard in a fabric you love – and remember, you can be as flamboyant as you dare since the headboard will not be seen once you are lying in the bed! – or an upholstered mannequin to hang your treasures, a floor lamp with a beautiful lampshade….choose that one piece that really makes your bedroom stand out from the rest. (picture courtesy of Kit kemp for Firmdale)

It is important to also remember that as with any room, it can be the smaller details that give the room zing and flair. Choose swing arm lights for example to clear space on bedside tables, whilst also adding light to the walls. Or use sockets and hooks to extend bulbs with colourful cabling. (picture courtesy of Kiwi lighting)

Finally, against a neutral background, cushions and throws in bold prints and bright colours can create a real ‘wow’. The texture of the fabric: velvets, silks and satins provide a luxe boudoir feel – opulent, yet affordable statement pieces that add drama and intensity to a scheme – without even needing to re-decorate.

Jen Morton


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