Boudoir & Bling: A Bedroom Makeover
When Daniel & Jane moved into their three-storey Georgian home, complete with antique fireplaces, ceiling roses and huge sash windows, they wanted their new decor to pay tribute to these period features, but adding a contemporary feel to the rooms too. We had a conversation about their tastes and loves, the things that they do not like, and most importantly, the feeling that they wanted their bedroom to give them.
Its previous scheme reflected the era in which the house had been built – with heavy curtains, lots of tassels and neutral, beige walls and carpet. Think Laura Ashley meets Downton Abbey.
Daniel and Jane were young with modern tastes, they were well travelled and had been inspired by a scheme in a hotel they had stayed in in France. Once they explained the design of this hotel room, and I had a good idea of what the feeling they envisioned for their bedroom, I created a sample board that showed my ideas for colours, and new, contemporary furnishings. It was important to build a scheme that was contemporary but still flowed with the period features already in the room – a beautiful Victorian fireplace, large ceiling rose, and two lovely sash windows. We could achieve this without compromising their modern tastes and need for comfort, style, and practicality.
With a deep purple/plumb chosen as the bedroom’s main accent and a deep grey for the walls, it was important that the floor covering was light or neutral to create a feeling of space and bring light into the room. The sash windows faced south, allowing daylight to pour in, so we were able to go with darker walls and furnishings whilst still retaining
Designers Guild have a beautiful wallpaper, Sukumala, in a rich plumb called ‘Thistle’, its contemporary pattern is both stylish and elegant, and this would look great in the alcoves next to the chimney brest, which would be painted a complimentary ‘Plush Parlour’ from Crown Paints’ Period range.
‘Notting Hill Slate’ paint from Designers Guild was chosen for the remaining walls, a rich grey that compliments the purples and plumbs perfectly. As storage space was a priority for Daniel and Jane, we decided to work slightly with what we already had – a large custom built fitted wardrobe at one end of the room was in great condition, it would just need to be repainted to match the walls, and new door knobs would be fitted.
Jane had travelled to India during a gap year, and had a love for Indian inspired patterns and designs, she wondered if we could bring some of this into her new bedroom. My answer to this question is always ‘of course!’ as each room in your house has to reflect who you are.
I love having one-off pieces that break up the flow of a room, while complimenting the rest of the decor at the same time, and we achieved this with two pieces.
Firstly, a Mother of Pearl dressing table from Graham and Greene was added, a truly beautiful piece that was handcrafted in Jaipur. With a custom covered chair from Roger Lewis, in a gorgeous fabric that blended beautifully with the shades of purple and a contemporary pattern inspired by that trip to India, Jane paid homage to her travels and brought some beautiful Indian design to her new boudoir.
With a headboard for the bed the final offering in the accent colour, the eye flows around the room, noting all of the features in varying shades of purple, set against the grey.
A chest of drawers was custom built by a fantastic local carpenter we know, inspired by a brand in an expensive chain store (we can’t tell the difference!) with matching bedside tables, and electric blinds covered in Kalutara Cassis fabric from Designers Guild over the windows that created a cosy space during the evenings.
David restored the Victorian fireplace and retouched some of the deep browns in the pattern in a lighter, richer purples that blended better with the rest of the room, without changing this beautiful original feature.
With a neutral carpet and white Egyptian cotton bedding added from John Lewis, along with modern lighting, the bedroom was transformed into a room we call ‘Boudoir and Bling!’ and Daniel and Jane could have not been happier.
“We absolutely love our new bedroom! We love the elegant feeling that it brings us, together with reminders of my trip travelling around India. It is now a cosy space with modern touches, and we especially love the new lease of life that our fireplace has.”
Daniel & Jane
Out Now – ‘A Prima Vista: Our Journey to Buying & Restoring an Italian Home’
Our guide on how to buy and restore a house in Italy is out now