1960's HouseCoastal Bedroom, Kent
Lara Jane Thorpe Photography
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Swap for cabinetsIn this bedroom, tray tables take the space more usually occupied by cabinets or chests. The advantage? They keep the small room looking as spacious as possible, as you can see right to the wall either side of the bed. In white, they blend in with the backdrop as well, which makes them appear to occupy less space.The sloping sides of the trays, meanwhile, are a bonus for those who aren’t tidy by nature, as they can conceal some of the contents. Add in taller items that are decorative – like the picture and plant here – for a chic finish.
Fall for tongue-and-grooveA boarded wall and ceiling give this room a beside-the-sea look that instantly brings summer to mind. Fit boards horizontally to draw the eye outwards and make a narrow room look wider than it really is, and finish in white to increase the sense of space.
Wake up with a spring in your stepIf you love the scent of hyacinths, you might consider placing some on your bedside table. The blue flowers here give a shot of bright colour to the white and grey room. You don’t need to be too formal, either – these ones look lovely placed casually in the silver vase.Want to make your cut flowers last longer? Here’s how to do it
Go into the atticAs already mentioned, holiday cottage bedrooms don’t generally need generous storage, unlike the homes we live in. This may be why many of us avoid having a small room as our main bedroom at home. However, there are benefits in this blissfully cocooning holiday-style cosiness, as seen here in this cute, comfortable attic room. If you have a little roof space you’re thinking of converting or reconfiguring, it could be the perfect bedroom for you. Is there a decent-sized landing where a wardrobe could be accommodated with some bespoke carpentry, or a generous armoire?
Keep the bedroom a gadget-free zone Bedrooms are for sleeping and relaxing, which means a definite thumbs down to laptops, TVs, mobile phones and computers.Not only will this automatic gadget ban stop you from working into the early hours, it will help you to switch off fully when you retire for the night. And is there anything more irritating than the blinking of LED lights around the room? Why not try an old-fashioned alarm clock and sleep soundly until it rings.
Catch it all in a trayTray-style bedside tables like these are a cunning way to trick the eye in a bedroom, as they can potentially hide piles of jewellery, reading glasses and other bits and bobs within deep-sided walls. Opting for a non-symmetrical look to your bedside tables (less about the standard identical lamp each side, more about variety with framed pictures and vases, as here) creates a mismatched vibe that’s more forgiving for clutter-keepers. Check out how to find the right bedside table for your room
Create a still lifeIf art represents life, your life can also represent art: use your special possessions, such as books, prints and perfume, to create an ever-changing still life on your bedside tables. On one side of this bed, for instance, a tray table holds colourful hyacinths, which are casually joined by a pair of glasses and a book. The trick is to prioritise what looks pretty by your bedside – and to keep it minimal. But if you really can’t edit down your bedside paraphernalia, consider investing in a pretty vintage wooden box – with a lid! – to tuck beneath one table and conceal the rest.TELL US…Have you come up with an inventive open-storage solution for a bedroom? Share your ideas and photos in the Comments below.