Notting Hill TownhouseContemporary Bedroom, London
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Mix in luxurious touchesThe last thing you want is for an all-white scheme to look cheap or undesigned. Adding opulent touches and using quality materials will help you avoid making such an interiors faux pas. This room, by designer Kelly Hoppen, features billowy translucent drapes, splashes of silver and a few dashes of mossy green to keep things indulgent and gorgeous.
Swap your curtainsAdmittedly, this is a luxury, but for a total room transformation each year, keep two sets of curtains. A gauze-like lightweight material billowing by an open window is stunning for spring and summer. In the winter, you’ll want to feel cosier and a heavyweight fabric will be more appropriate. Alternatively, if you’re investing in new curtains at the moment, think about a reversible set that gives two different moods. Hang one way for winter, showing off texture, warm tones and pattern. Then, on the reverse, go for a plain, light neutral that lifts the colour palette in the room for the sunnier months.
Splash on a design classicA bench at the end of the bed makes a great perch when dressing and a useful temporary home for clothes. Add a twist of sharp, timeless design by choosing a classic version of this conventional bedroom piece. This is the Barcelona ottoman by Mies van der Rohe in elegant white.TELL US…Are you a fan of white bedroom furniture? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.
Make the most of natural lightLong summer evenings are the perfect time to recline in a comfortable chair and enjoy the last of the day’s light. Create a seating area in your bedroom near a window – leading into the garden, if you’re as lucky as the owners of this well-positioned bedroom – where you can curl up with a book or a glass of wine before bed and enjoy the evening breeze.
Soften with fine fabric There is something about billowing lengths of fine cotton or sheer linen that can’t be matched for bedroom windows. The look is gentle without being insipid. Fairly sheer fabrics are best suited to spaces that don’t face east, as they won’t block strong morning rays. Choose washable fabrics that can be kept in tiptop condition at home without the expense of professional laundering. Discover the other elements that can help you put together your perfect bedroom
Work in your light wellsGlass skylights, deep light wells and Velux windows are all ways of scooping as much light as possible into your new space. It’s a major consideration, solved here by extending the excavation so a larger area outside the window acts as a light well. Glazed walls can also help the light flow and integrate rooms that are necessarily unusual shapes and sizes as they fit around the existing house.
Brighten a basementThis luxe lower-ground floor level bedroom has been built with a small Mediterranean-style space outside in the light well. Whitewashed steps disguise the steepness, help reflect the sunlight and make the exterior area feel more Greek boutique hotel than London basement.