Sims Hilditch, Cotswold Manor HouseCountry Bedroom, Gloucestershire
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Tidy awayA padded bench with a shelf beneath can make room for blankets that can easily be grabbed on cold nights, or a throw that dresses your bed during the day once it’s removed for sleeping.A word to the wise: this style of storage is for those who won’t be tempted to fill it with more than a couple of neatly folded bed covers or a pile of magazines.
Chic furnishings excite usAnother twist on a grey scheme was this elegant room in a country manor house, which had you clamouring for details on its curtains, paint colours, furniture and headboard. They are mostly bespoke items and finishes, which demonstrates how well a room can come together when the client and interior designer have a shared vision of what makes a gorgeous bedroom: this! The buttoned upholstery of the armchair and ottoman add a very inviting feel to this stylish hideaway.
Go lowOpen storage doesn’t have to be at eye-level. If you look around your bedroom, you might find some previously untapped areas for showing off your wares. Coffee table books can be stacked neatly in two or three piles at the foot of the bed, for example; a vintage crate of shoes could be ordered next to an armchair or, as here, extra blankets for cold nights could be folded within an open ottoman.
Ooze understated elegance With combined soft shades of grey and taupe, the bed becomes the focal point of this classic, refined scheme. Frame it with an oversized upholstered headboard, then create an ordered arrangement of cushions and pillows in various light shades of grey, finished with a soft throw at the foot. If you have the space, factor in more than one spot in which to relax. Here, an inviting armchair has been placed by the window and a neat ottoman is positioned at the end of the bed. Is space tight? Then squeeze in a small slipper chair or footstool. Finish with elegant, floor-skimming curtains and a luxurious, misty-coloured carpet.
With so many children, the parents needed a space to which they could escape. Their master suite includes a bedroom, a sitting room and an en-suite bathroom. An emperor-sized bed was part of the brief, and was made bespoke by Sims Hilditch in fabric from de Le Cuona. It has small LED nickel reading lights either side – you can purchase similar ones from Mr Light. ‘We wanted to go for a very soft palette in this room,’ Emma explains. The curtains are a lovely paisley wool in a soft dove grey and mauve colour to enhance the opulent feel of the space. Bedside chests, Flamant. Wall lights, Porta Romana. Chair, antique, upholstered in linen from GP & J Baker.
Make sure your bed is big and beautiful The neutral theme is continued in Amanda’s bedroom, which is decorated in white and grey, and full of plush fabrics. One of the defining features of the room is the size of the bed. The saying less is more doesn’t quite work here, and we’d expect nothing less from a high-powered executive. If you want to make it extra-luxurious, opt for remote-controlled blinds so you don’t actually have to leave your capacious bed.