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BEDTIME BLISS
The bedroom is both an escape from the stresses of daily life and the place where homeowners can let their personalities truly shine

Undeniably, the bedroom is where it’s inhabitants can truly be themselves. Aside from being the peaceful sanctuary where you retire for the night, the bedroom is also the most intimate space in the home.” Says designer Aviva Duncan, “these days, people are spending much more time at home and they are craving comfort. I am doing some lovely soft fabrics and wool rugs to create a cosy nesting feel. Lots of blush and neutrals to make staying in feel safe and soothing.” Andy Wan of Pure AW’s Designers emphasizes that when theoretically, we spend a third of our time resting, “it’s essential that the bedroom décor exudes the vibe of total relaxation to ensure restful sleep.” Continues Alain Wong, design director of Comodo Interior & Furniture Design, “the ideal bedroom should also feel spacious and incorporate a lot of natural sunlight. It’s advisable to choose calm, warm shades and avoid using unduly materials. Care and attention to detail is a must.”

INSPIRATION: NATURAL COCOONS

The cocooning trend is going strong, particularly in the room that provides a private escape from the rest of the world. Says Alain, “If you create the feeling of laid-back luxury and invest in quality furnishings, that will ensure a timeless space. Andy concurs, referring to nature as his main source of inspiration, “Neutral décor with modern touches can enhance the personality of the room.” But most importantly, the bedroom should reflect the people who live in it. Suggests Aviva, “If you love art, cover the walls with it. If you love fabrics, run a flowing linen curtain across a whole wall. It’s really about making choices which reflect your taste and lifestyle.

Photography: Banda Property | Simon Upton  

Reveals interior stylist and designer, Lucia Tait Tolani, “we are seeing a lot of symmetry and duplication, especially when it comes to bedrooms for multiples – for example in kids rooms or holiday house guest rooms. This means having two or three identically dressed bed and furniture combos in a room – think a single bed flanked by a pair of sconces, ended with a bench and divided by a centre dresser.”  For materials, I still get a lot of requests for velvet. Classic touches such as monogrammed pillows and sterling silver picture frames are also seeing a resurgence.”

COLOURS AND TEXTURES

This all depends again on personal preferences and style. Says Lucia, “If your taste leans towards maximalist, pick a narrow colour palette and mix prints within your chosen range. This creates a warm and layered look that is not too busy for a sanctuary space. If you prefer a more pared back aesthetic, I think a neutral and white composition feel fresh. Try ivory boucle upholstery and white percale sheets mixed with warm wood and natural materials such a bamboo or rattan.” 


Photography: Denice Hough

Alain opines that neutrals are the way to go: “I recommend keeping to a simplistic colour scheme with soothing hues such as beige, grey and light woods as a foundation to echo nature. Sometimes selecting a unique flooring pattern and brass details will further accentuate graceful elegance. Using fabric on the full height or waist headboard can add a cozier touch to the bedroom, but if you are concerned about maintenance, wood or wallpaper are also good alternatives.” Andy concurs, advising that there’s a wealth of choices when it comes to colours and textures that will affect one’s emotions physically and psychologically. “Some light wood tone furniture with a light grey upholstered headboard bed will go nicely with white/ivory linen bedding for a neutral finish and adding a cashmere throw will soften the overall textures for a calming feeling.”


Photography: Douglas Friedman

Aviva suggests going bold with easily changeable items such as linen and rugs, but when it comes to staple fixtures, to stick with a more neutral and natural-inspired palette. “Bedrooms are better in soft, comfortable fabrics like velvets, linens, silks and even corduroy,” she suggests. 

FIXTURES AND FURNISHINGS

The key to bedroom design is to keep its primary functions in mind. It might be easy and tempting enough to treat it like an extension of the living room or study, but it’s better for both the room’s aesthetics and the quality of your rest to treat it like the separate space it is. States Aviva, “Obviously the bed should be a major investment. I always suggest a hotel style bed from one of the top manufacturers. A bedhead is great for framing the bed, so I designed a velvet, flutted one which has been very popular with clients.” She continues, “I also think lighting creates the right atmosphere, I like Artemide and I always use lots of different lamps to vary the lighting source. Finally invest in some lovely bed linen.”  Lucia agrees that in this space, it all starts with the bed. “I prefer an upholstered frame as it gives you the freedom to change your design in the future.” Other options include electrical hydraulic beds, recommends Andy, “as the mattress lifts effortlessly to allow access to storage underneath, the extra space enables the bedroom to be kept clear and clutter free for a peace of mind.” 

Photography: The Fishy Project | Ar. Ishita Sitwala

“Most important for my clients is light and privacy, so I like to incorporate a few options of blinds and curtains in conjunction.” Lucia reveals. “I make sure one element has a blackout feature, and that one is more diaphanous or opaque, so it can be lowered to obscure the room from neighbors but still allows daylight in.”

Photography: Daqi Zhang

Alain advises that the furnishings are the highlight in the bedroom, and mid-century classics are recommended pieces that boast sustainability and timelessness, as well as pair beautifully with minimal interior design. Some signature pieces for example, include George Nelson’s Nelson Thin Edge Bed, Eames’ Walnut Stool and Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair, all of which boast comfort, style and substance with excellent craftsmanship. 


Photography: Prue Ruscoe

(Cover image photography: Adam Letch)

Tips
  • A good quality mattress and sturdy bedframe are undoubtedly the key furnishings you should invest in.
  • Opt for minimalist, low-to-the-ground beds and nightstands that are built into the wall for a sleek floating effect. This is a lifesaver for smaller bedrooms.
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Expert Advice
LUCIA TAIT TOLANI
LUCIA TAIT TOLANI LTD.

The general rule is that bedside tables should be a few inches lower or higher than the top of your dressed mattress. I always go for higher so I don’t run the risk of knocking over a glass or carafe of water in the wee hours.

THE DAYBED IS MAKING A COMEBACK. MULTI-PURPOSE FURNITURE IS ALWAYS USEFUL IN THIS SPACE

THE DAYBED IS MAKING A COMEBACK. MULTI-PURPOSE FURNITURE IS ALWAYS USEFUL IN THIS SPACE

ANDY WAN
PURE AW’S DESIGNERS

Sunlight inevitability can bring in warmth to the bedroom. Electrical motorized curtains paired with smart home systems allow shading adjustment automatically, providing a better brightness and temperature control. In cases of very strong and damaging sunlight, applying sun control film can be an add-on solution for better energy savings and protect the fixtures and furniture from decolorization due to harmful UV.

CONTROL THE LIGHT IN THE BEDROOM WITH ELECTRIC MOTORIZED CURTAINSCONTROL THE LIGHT IN THE BEDROOM WITH ELECTRIC MOTORIZED CURTAINS

AVIVA DUNCAN
AVIVA DUNCAN CONSULTING LTD.

Don’t overcrowd the space. For many clients I build generous wardrobes to hold everything. That way the bedroom always looks streamlined and tidy.

THE BEDROOM SPACE NEEDS TO FEEL UNCLUTTERED SO SUFFICIENT STORAGE IS ESSENTIAL

THE BEDROOM SPACE NEEDS TO FEEL UNCLUTTERED SO SUFFICIENT STORAGE IS ESSENTIAL

ALAIN WONG
COMODO INTERIOR & FURNITURE DESIGN

Good bedroom design should be fulfill your needs and make you feel comfortable. For example, black out curtains are perfect for privacy and control the light in your bedroom, but carpet absorbs noise, dimmable ceiling lights create a relaxing ambience and you can maximize storage by using platform design.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE SMALL DETAILS SUCH AS BLACK OUT BLINDS AND CARPETS WHICH ABSORB NOISEPAY ATTENTION TO THE SMALL DETAILS SUCH AS BLACK OUT BLINDS AND CARPETS WHICH ABSORB NOISE


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