Often when we look at funky modern rooms we think it is best left for the hotels or at least, those without ‘stuff’, but some clever basics and a little thought can mean anyone can achieve the clean lines of a modern look.
> Storage, Storage, Storage! It’s not that people who go for this look have less stuff, they have clever storage! Look closely at the image, the backdrop is a large wardrobe, the bed features under-bed storage & the bedsides contain deep drawers, it’s easy to be uncluttered if you have somewhere to store your stuff!
> Monotone not monotonous: how do you make black and white jump? A restrained use of pattern, texture and colour; note the cushions, one graphic, one textured and one metallic, bringing a central focal point to the bed that is dynamic and interesting.
> Sharp Lines: The reason this room pulls off the look so well is the straight lines, the horizontal elements (the bed, lamp, pillow & quilt) are contrasted by the vertical elements (wardrobe doors & coat rack), this is enhanced by the simplicity of the black, white and grey & is the reason why the unexpected elements pack such a punch.
> POP: the bright patterned towel jumps out at you because its different, it features a burst of bright colours and jagged lines, a direct contrast to the rest of the room (the towel is the stylists own, available through Missoni).
> Personality: who lives here? The bedside features just a couple of items but enough to make you curious about the personality behind the room. If you are going for this pared back look, be selective with the items you display, if only a couple are on display they will say as much about you as having shelves of knick knacks. The unusual orange rhino suggests someone with a surprising playful character.
> Make it liveable: This look is strongest if it is kept clutter free; the basic elements in the room are designed to allow this to happen. Does your partner prefer to throw their towel on the floor rather then hang it up? Rather than berate them for it every time, make life easy, give them somewhere to throw it, the Kari coat rack turns wet towels into artwork!
GET THE LOOK:
Recreate this look using the Armadi wardrobe with grey glass doors. This provides fantastic storage and can be used to add atmosphere to the room with the dramatic dark glass (also available in other sizes & colours). The Cassetti storage bed; perfect for those who want to achieve the sleek & sophisticated look, or those who simply need more storage! The Kari coat rack; always useful for throwing clothes or towels in the bedroom, a bonus is its sculptural look & it takes up very little space. The 360 lamp; ideal for reading in bed, it can be adjusted every which way while the strong lines work well for the modern room, it is also a popular desk lamp.
The Modern Luxe look is easy to achieve, and brings a little much needed luxury back into the bedroom. Walking into a beautiful bedroom at the end of the day can have such a positive effect on your mood and your ability to wind down and relax. It may take an extra minute or two in the morning to arrange the pillows, but when you come home to a beautiful, calm space in the evening you will feel relaxed, enjoy a better sleep and feel more in control, regardless of what’s happing in the outside world.
> Layers, Texture & Palette: The warmth and interest is created through the layering of materials, patterns and textures. To ensure the look is united rather than haphazard, a palette of warm tones is kept simple, based around golden browns with grey tone accents.
> Materials: To keep this look from being flat, a variety of materials were mixed, the rawness of the leather and timber grain side table is contrasted by the glass of the wardrobe and the chrome elements. The warm beige tone of the wardrobe ensures it complements the setting.
> Storage: The wardrobe in this room features sliding glass doors, this is ideal for rooms with less space. Placing the bed in front of the wardrobe is an idea that can be used at home, it creates a feature wall style backdrop to the bed, and a form of ‘walk in robe’ space, just look for beds that are designed to be free standing, upholstered beds or beds with a significant head board will normally work best. The Romolo works particularly well due to the subtle leather detailing on the rear of the bed that adds an unexpected and interesting layer to this room.
> Cushions: Having lots of cushions on the bed is key to creating a relaxing haven; they are inviting, cosy and create that sense of luxury. Having a variety of sizes, patterns or textures & materials will create a dynamic look; this look features various sizes that are highlighted in leather & woven textures.
> Full Length Mirror: an essential element in every bedroom, if you do not have one inside a wardrobe door or in a dressing room, look at free standing options such as the Trevi, Contempo or the Maya which is perfect if space is limited.
> Extra Shelves: The Cruz leather side tables look perfect at the foot of the bed, they complement the leather detailing on the Romolo, and provided extra storage for displaying personal effects or providing a place to put all those cushions at night. Having an ottoman such as the stark, a bench or storage at the end of the bed is perfect for large bedrooms; it helps fill the space in the centre of the room giving the bedroom a fuller look.
GET THE LOOK:
Recreate this bedroom look using the Citi sliding door wardrobe (also available in alternative sizes & colours), the Romolo bed; with cushioned headboard & leather detailing. The Romolo upholstered bed is perfect for those who like to read in bed or want a softer, more inviting look. The Trevi mirror stand is a full length mirror that features a tri-pod style stand. The Cruz leather side tables are the perfect size when placed together at the end of the bed, they provided some open storage to display personal items. The Pelle folding stool provided a beautiful bedside with the timber grain adding texture & the crossed style legs adding shape and interest. The lamp features a warm shade and a chrome base that perfectly complements the wardrobe, available in store only. Cushions & felt basket available in store, accessories are the stylists own.
The secret to the success of a well-designed bedroom is making sure you have plenty of storage to hide the things that just don’t need to be on display. Make use of your vertical space and fill a wall with a tall 2.4m wardrobe. This can house your spare linen, blankets and towels as well as your hanging and folded clothes. The flexibility to customise your wardrobe to include features like a pants or tie rack, drawers and single or double hanging, means you can have the wardrobe you’ve always wanted.
Another secret to the successful design of your bedroom is to see the potential in your bedroom furniture. The Cassetti Dresser, for example, is not only a great place to apply makeup, but it can also store your folded clothes or linen and be used as a desk when you need to jump online with your laptop. Bedsides like the tall Cassetti, allow you to think outside the box and utilise it to store socks, underwear or accessories. By limiting the amount of items on display in your bedroom, and knowing that everything has its place, you will immediately feel calm, relaxed and content.