The House & Garden Bedroom Archive
Bedroom ideas? Weh’ve got them all. Whether you live in a small city apartment or a grand country pile, the House & Garden archive is your one-stop-shop for furniture ideas, colour schemes, curtains and more by the world’s best interior designers (take a look at our Top 100 if you want to know who they are). Redesigning your bedroom doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul. Sometimes a tweak, like new bedding or lighting, hanging pictures or a new headboard, can make a dramatic difference. So take a look at these easy-to-steal bedroom decorating ideas…
Blue and White Moroccan Bedroom
Situated between Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains, the holiday home of Colefax & Fowler’s Trudi Ballard, is decorated in a combination of English country-house style and traditional Moroccan elements. The site of the house is perfect: down a dirt track or two and into an olive grove, where the house seems almost part of the landscape. At the end of a gravel path is a studded wooden door leading to a shaded walk and then a cool, airy hall through french windows. This bedroom has a pretty delft-blue palette, with an Indian cotton bedspread and plates above the chimneypiece from Fez.
Country Bedroom with Green Canopy
This country-style bedroom features a pretty bed canopy in green and white, setting the colour scheme for the space. A pair of Sixties China table lamps and a collection of framed William Blake prints on the walls add character.
This newbuild country house is a triumph of teamwork, with architects and designers collaborating to create the owner’s perfect home. The West Country location combines rural peace, privacy and views across fields and woodland with the convenient proximity of a main road; the architecture is a gentle mix of classical symmetry and vernacular charm; and the interior decoration matches furnishings from a previous house with new additions, including some specially commissioned pieces.
Bedroom with Exposed Brick Wall
This bedroom is full of texture, with an exposed brick wall setting off the earthy palette. One of a pair of lights by Swedish designer Poul Henningsen hangs over the bed in this spare room, which is also lit by a skylight. The bedspread is by Brigitte Singh, based on a Mughal design, and the cushions are made from an antique Japanese obi sash.
The all-green garden looks particularly wonderful following this charming room, and the bricks, tiles, and colours from the garden link the two spaces.
The designer Jane Gowers discovered her stylish London terrace house by chance, but its restoration and decoration have been the result of good judgement and a sympathetic approach.
Bright bedroom with yellow statement rug
Situated between Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains this elegant house, with its airy rooms, is decorated in a combination of English country-house style and traditional Moroccan elements. A rug – a gift from a friend – brightens the scheme and owner Trudi created a unifying element by using raffia ceiling lights from Henry Cath in all the bedrooms. The light-filled house opens out from a courtyard with a traditionally tiled cloistered walkway to one side from which bedrooms lead off, each with its own terrace.
Bright Blue Pattern Wallpaper Bedroom
Moving from a tall town house to a west-London mews enabled interior designer Caroline Riddell to enjoy a more open-plan way of living. Upstairs in Caroline’s daughter’s bedroom, ‘Vertical Stripe wallpaper from Timorous Beasties lines the walls. It’s a masterclass in space management.
Modern Bedroom with Bathroom Divide
Writer, photographer and ironmonger Alastair Hendy has two very different homes – one a Grade II listed sixteenth century property that was a five-year restoration project. The other is this sleek minimalist loft in London. This bedroom shows how to create an en-suite out of a large space, while retaining privacy for the bathing area with a striking wooden screen.
Elegant Woodland Wallpaper
For House & Garden’s Carole Annett, a passing request for decorating advice from her friend, the interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch, turned into the top-to-bottom redecoration of her Surrey house. Carole chose Zoffany’s Eleonora paper for a spare room.
Pink & White Bedroom with Curtains
Kravet’s XU Garden linen in the orkid colourway has been used for the curtains in the main bedroom.
The addition of a large basement extension to this Edwardian house freed up space on the upper floors for bright and capacious rooms, and a more fluid layout ideal for family living. Owners Dominic and Claire chose design duo Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock to decorate the home.
The couple could have turned to Dominic’s mother, design doyenne Jane Churchill, but opted instead for friends Bunny and Emma. At that stage, Mum and Claire did not know each other that well and I did not want Claire to feel she had to go along with Mum’s suggestions,says Dominic.It was our first family home and I wanted it to be just about us.
When asked whether she and Bunny felt intimidated, Emma’s response is: Dom understands the value of interior design – and what other man would be happy with a pink bedroom?Everyone was quite surprised that I jumped on the pink, says Dominic.
Grey Bedroom Patterned Curtains
Small Brown and Red Bedroom
Furniture has been kept to a minimum in the small spare bedroom of interior designer Sarah Chamber’s Victorian terraced house in South London. Lack of space means furniture has been kept to a minimum, with interest added instead by a rich autumnal colour scheme that contrasts brown walls with red accents. This is an easy idea to apply to any small room where space for objects is at a premium. Instead transform the mood of your space using the walls and upholstered furniture as your canvas.