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Chelsea CottageTraditional Bedroom, London

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Design ideas for a small traditional guest bedroom in London with multi-coloured walls and no fireplace. —  Houzz
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mrsspbSandra wrote:16 March 2019
  • minkym00
    4 months ago

    I am wanting to do something similar for our spare bedroom where my 3 grandchildren stay when they visit, 2 boys & 1 girl , I would be grateful for any suggestions, I love the same wallpaper & blinds. Thank you Wendy.

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    Joy Flanagan Design
    4 months ago

    Dear Wendy,

    I am so pleased you love the design! This scheme, or similar, would make a charming and memorable room for grandchilren to visit.

    Do let me know if I can be of help and good luck!

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Sarah Alcroft added this to 28 Stylish Ideas for Bedside Lights7 September 2020

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Amanda Pollard added this to 7 Ideas to Steal from Well-designed Tiny Bedrooms9 December 2019

Play with patternPlain surfaces are often used to create an uncluttered feel, but it’s the pattern in this room that makes it look harmonious. Joy Flanagan Design used matching wallpaper and blind fabric to bring a repetitive element into the space and draw attention away from the asymmetrical architecture.The offset window and sloping walls are disguised by the cohesive pattern that covers the room, making the space appear less ‘cluttered’.

Amanda Pollard added this to 9 Times Renovation Experts Thought Outside the Box7 January 2019

Play with symmetryIn an awkward space, a designer’s know-how can really come into its own. Take this guest room, for example – the space on either side of the window isn’t even, so design tricks have been used to make it work visually.The high bedside table helps to correct the balance, while the patterned surfaces draw the attention away from the uneven architecture.See more of this welcoming home with a warm, calm palette.

Amanda Pollard added this to Houzz Tour: A Warm, Calm Palette Creates a Welcoming Home23 October 2018

In the small guest bedroom, Joy used some clever tricks to make the most of the space. “The owners already had the twin beds, but I added curved headboards to soften the angular space,” she says. “We used pattern to unify the small area, and picked a diamond design that works with the angled walls.“It was important to pick the right scale of pattern,” she adds. “Also, the owners aren’t drawn to florals, so this pattern gives the room a traditional feel while pushing it towards contemporary.“The space either side of the window isn’t even, so we thought through the layout in order to help the eye accept it’s not symmetrical,” Joy explains. “The bedside table is higher to help that balance, and the patterned surfaces draw attention away from the architecture.”Les Rêves Collection wallpaper and fabric by Nina Campbell, available at Osborne & Little. Shop for bedroom décor on Houzz.

What Houzz users are commenting on:

mjc9388k added this to mjc9388k's ideas10 November 2021

Use of pattern to smooth out odd shapes and irregularities.

Lynda Ridley added this to Paint colours7 March 2021

Interesting how the patterned paper, rather than making this room look fussy, holds it all together, distracting from the lack of symmetry in the window position and sloping walls.

Jacqui Raggett added this to My ideas7 March 2021

Small bedroom. Single beds either side of a dormer in place of a velux??

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