Luxe design has featured prominently on the home interiors scene recently, with dream homes being showcased in the media in abundance, and all with enviably opulent and decadent décor. Whilst many of us do not have the funds available to splash out on a lavish home makeover, that doesn’t mean we can’t make a few edits here and there to increase its visual appeal. This is especially relevant to the bedroom, our personal space where we spend the most amount of time. So if the luxe look is your idea of a pleasing aesthetic, check out our inspiration on how to achieve an elegant upgrade without it costing the earth.
Trooping the Colours
A change in wall colour is the most effective way of transforming a room. Whilst wallpaper certainly gives a more decadent feel to an interior, painting is by far the less expensive option, acknowledging that elegance can be achieved through colour if you choose the right palette.
When choosing a colour scheme, it’s important to consider the kind of mood you are hoping to create within the room. Rich jewel colours like teal, plum and navy will instantly give your bedroom a boutique hotel feel – rich, glamorous and most definitely eye-catching. For a softer and more feminine approach, opt for subtle pastel tones or a timeless cream to which you can add luxe appeal with glimmering metallic accents.
Head of Statement
A beautifully designed bedroom will almost always have the bed as the focal point. It is, after all, the most important piece of furniture in the room. For a suitably balanced layout, it should be placed with the head of the bed against the centre of a wall with room either side for a feeling of space and ease of movement.
The design of your bed will be a major contributing factor to the overall look of your bedroom. When we think of opulent bedrooms in grand homes and luxurious hotels, a four-poster design will often spring to mind. However, you can still make your bed the star of the show without the additional cost of such a luxe piece of furniture; after all, comfort is key when it comes to choosing a suitable bed.
An equally bold statement can be made simply by adding a striking new headboard. Beautifully designed headboards are bang on trend this year and there are countless options available, varying in colour, size, shape and material. Your choice of headboard will determine the type of bedlinen and bedding you select as well, so it’s a decision worthy of consideration, as well as a good starting point if you’re unsure where to begin with your bedroom upgrade. Metal headboards ooze elegance and can be as contemporary or as opulent as you desire. A padded headboard will instantly transform a plain divan into a chic statement bed, whilst adding extra comfort too.
A Royal Mess
You can decorate with the most beautiful wallpaper, invest in a designer bed and display the finest artwork on your wall, but all these individually elegant features will be lost if your bedroom floor and surfaces are cluttered. Nightstands and vanity tables are not designed to be used for storage, and floor space is for furniture and feet only. Ensure you have sufficient storage for your belongings and that items which need to be close at hand are tidy and organised. Desktop organisers and drawer interiors will keep items such as stationery, make-up and jewellery together and will look far more attractive than a scattering of bits and bobs across a bedside table or desk!
Fitted furniture will provide you with all manner of clever storage solutions and, as it is designed around the architecture of your room, will streamline your room in a way freestanding furniture cannot. Purchase from expert craftsmen and it will stand the test of time, making it a more sustainable and economical choice than a flat pack alternative.
Reflective surfaces and metallic accessories are central to the luxe trend. A statement mirror will not only add instant glamour to your bedroom, but will also give the illusion of additional space – a key feature of an elegant bedroom if you choose it to be so. Create a statement wall with an ornate floor-to-ceiling mirror, or choose mirrored wardrobe doors to reflect light around the room. A reflective gallery wall of smaller mirrors in different sizes will also look highly effective, as will a glass topped vanity unit or drawer chest.
Charity shops are ideal for sourcing mirrors. If you’re feeling creative, bag yourself a bargain and give an unloved mirror a new lease of life. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube which can guide you through ingenious upcycling projects.
The Crown Jewels
Once the colour scheme has been chosen, the furniture is in place and the bed has taken centre stage, it’s time to pay attention to the smaller details, and it’s often the finishing touches that transform a basic bedroom into a beautiful boudoir. A deep pile rug will not only add luxurious comfort beneath your feet, but also elegance to your floor space. A statement light, such as a contemporary pendant or a sparkling chandelier, will add an additional element of interest and style. The key is to keep it simple and select a few statement pieces which complement your theme and bring a cohesive elegance to your sleep space.
At Hartleys we’re experts in designing beautiful bespoke furniture for elegant bedrooms. Making the best use of space available by hugging the contours of the room, our fitted furniture is designed for a balanced layout and functional storage, which keeps the clutter at bay with its bespoke interior configurations. Mirrored wardrobe doors, drawer fronts and glass knobs all made in our Skipton factory and fitted with expert craftsmanship will transform your bedroom into your personal luxe space. You can contact us via our website or visit our Skipton showroom – we’d be delighted to show you what we do.