John Street, WC1Contemporary Bedroom, London
The master bedroom is irresistibly flamboyant with rich hues of blues, abstract prints whether by the wallpaper or rug. Surfaces includes sumptuous velvet curtains, elegant loungers, rocker chairs and bed heads. One of the most exquisite features is the stunning corniced ceiling above.
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Tie a whole room togetherTeal can work brilliantly as a fresh, modern accent colour. If you’re wondering what colour complements teal, try a simple teal and white palette – it can be all you need for a super-stylish effect. This spacious bedroom manages to pull off a number of rich blue elements – including floor-to-ceiling curtains – without going into ‘teal overload’. The key is to keep the walls and ceiling pale and to go for a rug with a delicate pattern. The muted backdrop will mean you can choose bolder tones elsewhere.
Why choose a rug?“A rug is more versatile than a carpet,” Roger Oates says, “and offers a good way to soften a hard stone or wooden floor, which, although practical, can be rather noisy. A wool rug with a good underlay will soften the acoustics.” Rugs are also the perfect antidote to the ubiquitous wooden floor. “As people move away from minimalism, they’re looking to create a more comfortable feel in their homes that includes the softness and luxury of a rug underfoot,” Roger says. “It’s not common practice to seasonally change floor coverings but, with rugs, it couldn’t be easier,” he adds. “Use textured wool rugs to provide colour and warmth for a cocooning effect in winter, then replace with fine cotton rugs in summer for a cool, pared-down look.”Roger argues that a rug should be one of the first considerations when furnishing a room. “When choosing your décor, remember it’s usually easier to match wallpaper and paint to carpet or rugs rather than vice versa,” he explains.
Be bold with colourIt can be tempting to stick with variations on a theme of oatmeal, beige, greige and cream, but curtains don’t have to be shy and retiring. These teal blue numbers go with the carpet, sofa and headboard, and add an uplifting jolt of colour to a rather grand space. When choosing colour or pattern, think about the effect your curtains will make both when they’re drawn back or pulled across – it may be very different.Discover more ways to decorate with teal
Choose floor-skimming glamourWhatever the size of your window, some of the most fashionably dressed ones now wear floor-length curtains to dramatic effect. These period sash windows are framed with sumptuously rich velvet curtains, which not only match the colour scheme, but tie in with the room’s rather grand architecture, too.
Work in widelyUsing teal as an accent works beautifully, but this bedroom demonstrates how it can also triumph as the key colour in a scheme. Here, it crops up on the rug, headboard, curtains, upholstery and cushions, in slightly different tones and on slightly different materials. By using it in conjunction with plenty of white, the effect is fresh and striking.
Set the colour dialThis bedroom is all about teal, so the rug is a really important focal point. Without it, the curtains, headboard, chair and sofa could look a bit lost and float in their individual spaces. But by grounding the scheme with this bold, beautiful rug, the designer makes full use of the generous space.Explore more ways with Palm Springs colours
Pick a shimmering shade Teal is an outstandingly sun-soaked shade that brings the breezy Palm Springs trend into central London. The designer of this bedroom has used it as the linchpin shade, expressed in full-on brightness and softer versions, including a silk-weave geometrical rug that unites the elements.