Remote cottage in west CornwallCoastal Bedroom, Cornwall
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In a smaller space, table lamps could take up too much of the bedside surfaces, but there are alternatives. Here, for example, Tanya Leech has hung pendant lights either side of the clients’ bed. They free up valuable tabletop room and add an interesting design feature to the space.You could also consider wall lights, which will do a similar job.Visit the rest of this coastal cottage made light and open.
Free up surfacesYou don’t necessarily have to compromise on comfort in a smaller bedroom. The owners of this space were keen to have a large bed, so interior designer Tanya Leech used a simple trick to squeeze one in. She chose small bedside tables with spindly legs that don’t take up visual space and, to keep the surfaces clear for essentials, fitted pendant lights instead of table lamps. See more of this family’s coastal cottage made light and open.
Dabble with midcenturyGive a nod to the 1950s with retro-inspired bedside tables in a warm walnut colour. Darker wood helps to take the twee out of milky pastels, adding a harder edge.The simple, open shape of the tables in this scheme helps to maintain the line of sight to the wall and reduce visual bulk – a handy trick to keep in mind for smaller bedrooms.
The master bedroom features soft shades of pink on the walls and headboard. Just like in the other rooms, the curtains here hang entirely against the walls when they’re drawn back, maximising the light coming into the room. The owners wanted a large bed and, because the room’s dimensions aren’t huge, it left limited space for bedside tables. So to keep the tabletops free for night-time essentials, Tanya chose pendant lights for either side of the bed rather than table lamps.Pendant lights, Jim Lawrence. Walls painted in Great White, Farrow & Ball. Curtain and headboard fabric, both Romo. Harlosh bedside table, Pinch.