In this article, I’ll talk you through the renovation of a Master Bedroom I’ve just completed for a client of Claire Davies Interiors.
We’ll cover the design, layout, the lighting, decorating, flooring, furniture and soft furnishings.
These clients decided to renovate their home instead of moving. In recent months we’ve gone through the entire house. The difference is incredible and they now have what is essentially a totally different home for their family.
The brief was to design a modernised, elegant and practical Master Bedroom with adequate storage. The room was north-east facing so lighting was a priority. From rip out and removal of all old fitted furniture, free standing furniture, soft furnishings, carpet etc, to the complete installation of a beautiful new bedroom… every single thing was taken care of by Claire Davies Interiors. You can see the review from these clients here…
Previously the Master Bedroom had 2 full walls of fitted wardrobes. The new storage design, although taking up less space than before, actually offered a more practical solution for my clients, allowing them to store more than before in a smaller footprint. I also incorporated a Super King bed, 6ft wide. Quite an upgrade from the 4’6” double they had become used to. Everything that is incorporated into the design of the room has to be measured and calculated to the centimetre, even millimetre, to guarantee that clients can use the space efficiently.
Adjustable spotlights were installed to fill the room with light when needed. Because of the layout plan I had designed, I was able to specify that some of the lights be angled towards where the new sliding door wardrobes would be stood. I used warm white LEDs on a dimmer switch to give my clients the flexibility to adjust the lighting throughout the day. Each bedside table had an elegant crystal based table lamp with a jade coloured box pleat shade. Modern and elegant.
The colour scheme I used here is timeless. A soft pastel blue, tones of gold and silver for depth and interest, and off white. The wall colour is Altrincham Blue and I would absolutely recommend it for use in bedrooms. It’s warm and inviting and it’s also neutral enough to be used with other colours.
There’s no denying that this carpet is luxurious. The lustre of the deep pile lends itself to the elegant look I wanted to achieve. The feeling underfoot (especially without socks) is a dream! The sumptuous texture and look of this carpet makes it a go to for creating a luxury bedroom.
Mirrored sliding door wardrobes were used in this bedroom with customisable storage solutions. My clients had specified that they wanted plenty of shelves for folded clothes so during the design process I was able to customise the layout of the wardrobe space. You’ll notice I also included a chaise lounge at the foot of the bed. Practical for sitting down while you put your socks on, but mainly you can’t get much more luxurious than a chaise lounge in the bedroom. A chest of drawers stood in the perfect position to house the TV for comfy mornings, or evenings, watching tele in bed.
These curtains are divine. Full length luscious harlequin fabric that catches the light and compliments the carpet perfectly. High quality 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding is another touch of luxury. Good bedding will last for years and years and get softer the more it’s washed. The bedding sets that I use are as soft as butter. If you’ve never had high thread count bedding before I urge you to try it.
I’m happy to say the clients were thrilled with the finished room and so was I. It looks great.
I’d also like to answer some of the common questions that I get asked.
How do you renovate a bedroom?
The first thing to consider is if there are any features that you like and would like to retain and what are the features that you definitely want to change. The two most important aspects to consider are the type of bed and where it will be positioned and the amount of clothes storage that will be needed. I always advise that the head of the bed should ideally be against an internal wall with a good view of the window. Ultimately the bedroom should be a place of relaxation and calm, a place that sets the scene for a good nights sleep and definitely not a place for disorganised clutter!
How much does it cost to remodel a bedroom?
Of all the rooms in the house, a bedroom can be one of the cheapest to remodel. Of course if you would like to add high end fitted wardrobes and plush carpet then the budget will need to be higher but there are plenty of ways to improve the feel of your bedroom even on a low budget. If you are operating on a very low budget the first advice I would give is to declutter and then assess whether the storage space that you have is adequate. Ideally you don’t want to be using the space under your bed for storage but if needs must, purchase lidded containers that will slide under easily. A small budget of £200 in the hands of a savvy shopper would be enough to apply a fresh coat of paint to the walls, purchase new bed linen, update lampshades and perhaps add a small rug all of which could make a dramatic improvement to the room.
How do I make my bedroom cozy?
Choosing appropriate lighting is important to give your bedroom a welcoming, cozy feel. As well as a ceiling light choose a lightbulb for your bedside table lamp that will emit a nice warm glow rather than a stark bright light. Sumptuous pillows, duvets, bed linens, cushions and throws will all add to the coziness of your room and if you have the space for a relaxing chair then all the better. Plush carpets and soft rugs underfoot as well as soothing artwork adorning the walls will also help create your cozy haven.
How can I make the most of my small bedroom?
Small rooms are not the easiest spaces to design but with some thought and careful use of space, a good design can certainly be achieved. Clutter is the enemy of any small space and the bedroom is no exception so first things first, declutter! Out of season clothes can be stored in sealed containers in loft space if you have it or tucked away under the bed allowing you to get away with a smaller wardrobe for your room. Think about the size of your bed and bedside tables. Obviously a super king size bed in a small room would not be a practical option especially so if you have bulky bedside tables however you could have a bigger bed if a small wall shelf next to the bed was used in place of a bedside table.
How do you make a small bedroom look bigger?
It’s all about proportion. The furniture needs to be appropriate for the size of the room as does the amount of ‘stuff’ that you want to keep in it. Ensure that the door opening isn’t obscured in any way…nothing makes a room feel cramped more than not being able to open the door properly to get in it! Make sure everything that needs to be is accessible and that you can walk around your bed without having to squeeze through spaces sideways..remember you will need to clean and vacuum these areas regularly. A small bedroom is without doubt a difficult space to design well, especially if it has two inhabitants but if you are willing to be realistic and sensible in your decluttering then you can create yourself a cozy relaxing space to sleep.
Look out for my next article on interior design,