Paddington TerraceContemporary Bedroom, Sydney
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Make it monochromeA bedroom with a black and white palette has a timeless appeal, and a matching artwork can have real impact. Rather than getting lost in the scheme, monochrome art can add subtle pattern and interest, while harmonising with the overall look.Strong, dark colours could give a space a cold feel, but here, the organic shapes in the sharp feature artwork really soften the look and bring personality into the space. The piece also echoes the quirky light fitting to create a cohesive mood.A monochrome piece can also work well in a vibrant scheme, creating a striking contrast and helping to ground the look. TELL USHow have you displayed art in your bedroom? Share your photos and tips in the Comments below.MORESee more black and white bedrooms
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They come in a variety of sizes, from your traditional box fireplace to sleek rectangular ones that are only 300mm in height. And if you want the ultimate in fireplaces, how about a two-way option? You can utilise it from the bedroom and master ensuite side. Relax from the bed or bath while watching the flames flicker away.
Create an intimate settingTo get that ‘away on holiday’ feel within your very own bedroom, you need to create an intimate setting. This means working on the ambience and the overall feel of the room. You want a relaxing and comfortable feel, so start with a bed that has a plush mattress – either an ensemble or bedframe, whichever suits your décor – and choose the best sheets you can afford. Remember you should roughly spend anywhere from six to eight hours sleeping each night, so you need to be comfortable. Lighting affects the ambience so make sure you have some sort of bedside or floor lamps that have adjustable brightness (lumens) and you can reach from your bed, and avoid having to use the harsh overhead lighting. If you are building or renovating, invest in dimmer switches in your bedroom so you can set the tone, just like in a hotel suite.
STEP 2: Grab some paint samplesAs designers, we use fan decks of paint colours when putting together a new colour scheme and we order A4 brushout samples of the colours we think will suit. If you don’t have access to a fan deck, go to your local paint shop or hardware store and grab the paint card samples that appeal to you –and don’t just grab one, grab a few. Paint samples tend to look quite different once you get them home.DESIGN TIP: When looking at colour samples, we always take a piece of white paper and place it under the sample. Doing this lets us see what base colour the sample is throwing. A sample on its own may look ‘off white’, but when placed on top of the white paper it may look more grey, beige or even pink, and this base colour may not work with the scheme you are creating.Read more: Colour Forecast: Key Trends for 2015
Colours from the same paletteI could almost tell you the colour of the outside of this house without seeing an exterior photo. Colours from the same colour palette allow you to create a mood. So how much colour did the designers at Darren Palmer Interiors use? Well at the outset you would say two –black and a dark taupe. However, there are other colours that also come into play including the white ceiling and the grey carpet. Shadows also add colour by changing the shade of one wall to another. Remember that when you choose the number of colours you want to use in a space some other colours will naturally come into play, so try not to highlight too many colours or your message will be lost.
9. Play with contrastsYou don’t have to fall into the trap of ‘playing it safe’ and only choosing mid-tone neutrals (all cream, all beige, all stone). Adding contrast is super-important for impact. Crisp white linen is a great starting point and you can then create contrast with throws, scatter cushions, artwork, lamps etc.More: Make Your Bed and Lie in It: Baffling Bed Terms Demystified