American DreamContemporary Bedroom, London
Interior design/styling by: Maurizio Pellizzoni
Pictures by: Jake Fitzjones
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Opt for dark tonesBe bold and paint walls in a dark colour. This look works especially well in a bedroom, as the warm hues make it feel cosy and relaxing. Enhance the effect with dark furniture, which will give the room depth and a timeless sense of style.Unsure about deep shades? See 10 reasons to turn to the dark side
Try the reverse Surely the rule is pillows at the back, then cushions stacked in front? This bed shows how that arrangement can be mixed up a bit. Try lining up three cushions in a contrasting fabric against the headboard behind the pillows, which are neatly stacked in front. All the comfort, but a whole new look.
Invest in decent bedside lampsIt’s dark, it’s cold – and all you want to do is snuggle in bed with a book and a cup of cocoa. Don’t ruin your cocoon with inferior lighting. These wall-mounted RL ’67 Boom lamps are angled for comfortable reading and leave precious bedside table space for novels and mugs, while the dark wall creates a snug, den-like feel. When buying bedside lamps, choose models with heads you can direct onto pages and bulbs that aren’t too dazzling.
…and your weavesThe weave of your sheet also affects the way it feels and looks. The two most common weaves are sateen (or satin) and percale. ‘Sateen, as you would expect, has a smoother feel with some sheen due to the raised yarn profile in the weave, meaning that the top layer of yarn will weave across several cross-layer yarns, producing a satiny, reflective finish. Good-quality yarns are really key here to give strength to the construction,’ explains Sarah Smith of Soak & Sleep. ‘Percale feels crisp and fresh and is based on a simple weaving construction which gives an even, flat finish.’Find top tips for dressing your bed
Pile on the pillowsYou just couldn’t get your pillows any plumper than these! The crisp white bedding with its contrasting piping makes the bed the star of the show in this monochrome room. If you aren’t a lover of bed throws, then a simple runner along the bed can have a similar effect while looking that little bit more finished. The black Designers Guild wallpaper, with its glossy circles on a matt background, gives another nod to the sea with its echoes of ship portholes. The gloss reflects light from the window on the other side of the room, giving an extra lift to this scheme.
Hit the wallScrewing light fittings into the wall is a great way to make use of dead space next to your headboard. Choose a striking, sculptural light, such as these by Ralph Lauren, for a designer touch. Anglepoise-style lights like these have the advantage of being adjustable, so the beams can be positioned perfectly for reading or snoozing.
Pair up with pattern Rather than paint a wall in black in your bedroom, which could feel a little strong, source a wallpaper in black or darkest blue with a simple contemporary pattern. This will add subtle detail to the wall and lighten its appearance. Then, you only need add simple white bedding and cushions and throws in muted, oatmeal tones for a look that marries drama with comfort.TELL US...Are you a fan of monochrome style? How do you incorporate it into your home? Share your tips in the Comments below.
Don’t disturb the person next to you - install wall lights on both sides of the bedThese sleek, pivoting wall lights provide a high light level perfect for nighttime reading. Install one on each side of the bed - this way your spouse won’t be disturbed if you decide to stay awake late to read a book or finish that report.See more sure fire ways to get a good nights sleep