Room Tour: Space is Maximised in a Calm, Colourful Bedroom
Function came first, but texture and colour helped to create a serene sanctuary with plenty of personality
To help them achieve these seemingly disparate goals, they invested in the interior design skills of Victoria Newall of Drawn London, who used clever tricks to create a practical, tranquil room that’s full of character.
Who lives here? A couple
Property A 1930s house
Room dimensions Approx 3m x 4m
Designer Victoria Newall of Drawn London
As sleeping is the most important thing you’ll do in your bedroom, it makes sense to prioritise the bed, which is why the majority of space in this room is taken up by a king-size model.
To accommodate this essential item, Victoria introduced some space-saving ideas. The headboard, for instance, makes the most of the whole area. “I wanted to give my clients a focal point without taking up space,” she explains. “This is a 3D polyurethane panel that’s no deeper than the skirting board.”
Wall panelling, Orac Decor. Bed linen, Bedfolk.
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Victoria chose small, rounded, wall-hung bedside tables. “They don’t take up any floor area, which gives the impression of more space,” she says.
Wall lights, Northern. Switches, Corston.
For the colour scheme, Victoria asked the owners to share a moodboard. “I always ask the clients to show me things they’ve found, then I find more and we talk that through,” she says. “The couple like strong colour, but wanted to keep the room restful.”
Victoria incorporated their bold choices of mustard and terracotta elsewhere in the room and balanced these out with tranquil blue and stone.
Panelling painted in Oval Room Blue; walls painted in Skylight; ceiling and upper wall painted in Stony Ground, all Farrow & Ball. Pendant light, Tom Raffield.
The doors are sprayed in the same colours as the walls – the one on the left in Stony Ground and the other in Oval Room Blue – and have space-saving cut-out handles. “Even 15mm handles would have encroached on the space,” Victoria says. “These also mirror the circular pendant light to bring more balance into the room.”
A fireplace aperture in the chimney breast is off-centre, so Victoria played with this by offsetting it with a circular mirror.
Wardrobes painted in Oval Room Blue and Stony Ground, Farrow & Ball. Chimney breast painted in Dried Plaster, Craig & Rose.
A vintage dressing table provides more storage. “It gave us an opportunity to bring in some midcentury furniture, which the clients love,” Victoria says. As with the rest of the room, the furniture piece helps to complement the cool, serene surfaces with warmer, bolder elements.
Curtains, Att Pynta. Vintage dressing table, Vinterior. Table lamp, H&M.
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