AW14 - Interior Bedroom Trends
Ah, Autumn. Call us sentimental, but there’s something about this season that gets us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe it’s down to the gulps of hot toddy by the roaring log fire (in our dreams), or perhaps it harks back to those school years when a fresh new pencil case, a new scrunchie, and the possibility that Tristan in year 10 might finally notice we’re alive, was enough to raise our spirits. Or, it could just be that we can now legitimately wear jumpers and avoid all unnecessary hair removal. Whatever the reason, it’s safe to say we LOVE Autumn, and judging by this little lot, the designers sure as hell do too.
Just because you live in a semi-detached in Billericay doesn’t mean you can’t have all the character of a rambling highland estate (or at least the gatehouse). For this look, tartan is king: on the walls, on lampshades, or your sofa. But too much tartan can get your head in a whirl, so pair it with furniture with a more sedate, traditional feel. For instance, a stylish tartan blanket like this one from the Tartan Blanket Co would look too good to resist when layered on top of fluffy down-filled duvets on the rather regal-looking Frank Hudson Vermont bed. Tartan always adds depth and interest to a room, and if it’s a warm and cosy homely feel you’re going for, tartan can do no wrong.
Sophisticated, timeless, and a subtle scene-stealer – that’s the classic glamour look all sewn up. Let’s just say, this trend is a seriously ladylike affair. Think delicate pastel tones on walls, soft furnishings, and on the floor; teamed with vintage-inspired details like chandeliers, ornaments, and pretty bedside keepsakes. The word ‘macho’ just doesn’t factor. Give a wall a statement makeover with the prettiest wallpaper we’ve ever seen – Hummingbirds by Cole & Son available at Jane Clayton. Add a touch of French frippery with this dazzling Alexandria dressing table by Frank Hudson. Crown everything off with a shabby chic-esque chandelier like this one from the French Bedroom Company and you’ll have a bedroom that’s straight up adorable.
Dark and moody shades for walls
In complete contrast to our Classic Glamour trend, here’s one for those of you who favour the dark and mysterious look. Oily blues, flat chalky matte greys, and inky greens are what this scene is all about. To pull it off you’ll need to be brave. Add different levels of interest by using textured soft furnishings while still keeping the colours dark. Inject light by using strategically-placed mirrors and glass vases on shiny surfaces, and bring in high-shine metals to capture the attention. For dark and broody paint tones, try Farrow & Ball, and team with a bold lampshade like this Dumont pendant lampshade from Crate & Barrel.
Fifty shades of grey
While we may not embrace it when we see it as we comb our hair on a Monday morning, there’s no denying that elsewhere, grey is a colour that’s as inviting as a warm cup of hot chocolate. It’s a comforting colour that works wonders on turning a room around. A plump buttoned headboard adds a touch of luxury, while definition and texture can be created by mixing soft furnishings in different materials. Team faux fur with cable-knit cottons and grey tartans, and appliqué cushions with grey silhouettes for a touch of DIY cool. Elsewhere, try adding grey lamps, and upholstered footstools like this one from Made.com. The key to success is to work from a palette of greys – not just one.
Candles with character
Sandalwood joss sticks: Autumn 1994. CK1: Summer 1996. Pesto: the uni years. The sense of smell is a powerful thing, so it’s no wonder those candle makers work hard to weave all sorts of wondrous smells into those little pots of solid wax. But candles don’t just add an enticing aroma to the air; they create atmosphere too. For one, everyone (except perhaps Cheryl Cole and Ryan Gosling) looks better in candlelight, so they’re a great way of making you feel instantly at ease. Place a giant candle in a fireplace and you’ll have a statement piece, or add clusters of them around your room – or hanging from lanterns like this canvas mesh lantern from Nordic House - for a more romantic take on things. Just make sure no one’s wearing too much polyester else things could turn nasty.
Combining different textures
The last key AW14 interior bedroom trend is all about texture. For this, you’ll need to think of your bedroom as a building block on which to add layer after layer of detail. Bring back your bedroom to bare walls and you can really go to town by trying out textured wallpapers (no wood-chip though please), or make your own wall covering by using fabric and starch to create a statement wall. More layers come via rugs on the floor, wall hangings, lampshades, and pieces of furniture. Try an upholstered bed in grey and layer it with dove greys right through to stormy greys for a multi-layered finish that the designers will be cooing over.