Get the most out of your bedroom by planning how each piece of furniture will add practicality, as well as style, to your space
Above: Add a touch of retro with your choice of bedside table. We love the textured, geometric finish on this Audrey bedside table in Parchment (£399, West Elm) complete with brass finish, and whilst it may appear compact it comes with two drawers in order to store essentials.
Our bedrooms are that one place in the house to escape to and unwind after a busy day, so planning a space that is both comfortable and practical is key. If you are looking to completely change up your master or guest bedroom and give the whole room a refresh, then choosing the right the furniture is important. The bed is of course an essential aspect, but what about the rest of the furniture? Chairs, bedside tables, storage solutions and even more decorative elements such as mirrors and artwork can make or break your vision. It is so important to visualise it from the outset, so that your favourite velvet chair or marble-topped table not only fits but also works in the space.
Above: Create a nook for reading with the Libra Shell chair in Mustard Yellow – we love how the colour grabs attention. Priced at £395, from The Libra Company. Image from Herdy Sleep
The first step is to think about how the bedroom will be used. Is it the place where all your clothes will be stored and you need plenty of wardrobe and drawer space? Will you be needing a desk or dressing table to get ready at in the mornings? Or do you want it to be a zone of total relaxation with a seating area near the window where you can curl up with a good book in the evenings?
Above: Made from handcrafted sustainable oak, this shelf unit from Cox & Cox is unvarnished with visible wood grain details so each piece is unique. It comes with four deep shelves which gives you plenty of space to display. It is priced at £285
Stephanie Alexander, online marketing and business development manager at Mood Collections, advises: ‘Consider all available space in the room – alcoves and awkward corners are a great place to embrace storage furniture and create a cosy place to sit and relax in the comfort of a sumptuous armchair. These spaces also tend to be tucked away so won’t impact the overall feeling of space within the room. Versatile pieces such as ottomans provide handy extra storage and can be positioned neatly at the end of the bed to blend effortlessly with the surrounding furniture. Windows are also an important spot to consider when planning your bedroom furniture, as a chaise longue or bedroom bench positioned under the window provides you with the perfect place to take a moment and watch the world outside.’
Above: If you need a place to hang up clothes but don’t have the space for a large wardrobe or walk-in storage solution then this pine wardrobe from Rouge could be ideal. Inspired by traditional furniture from Shandong in China, the wood grain shows through the grey finish for a textured look. It comes with three removable shelves and a hanging rail. Priced at £1,195
Consider also how furniture could serve multiple uses. For example, you may love that ultra-modern bedside table that is perfect for laying a book and small vase with flowers on top, but if you opt for one with drawers then you have an extra storage opportunity. Feel confident choosing the right pieces for your bedroom and get up-to-date on the latest trends with our furniture edit...
Above: Marble tables add a sophisticated look to a bedroom. This style of bedside table is a great clean-lined option if you don’t wish to use it for storage purposes – we love how chic this one looks with a simple vase of flowers. Robin King Size 5ft bed, £720; Pablo wall lamp, £115; Jasper cushion, £35; Delia throw in silver, £29; Loveday vase, £27 and Chloe marble side table, £280, all Perch and Parrow
Q&A with Marie Bouilhet, buyer and product developer at Perch and Parrow
What advice do you have for choosing a bedside table?
You definitely want to align the top of the table with the mattress, so you have your favourite reads at hand. If you can’t find a bedside table of the same height, it’s always better to go for something higher than lower. In any case, think about the bedside table as the finishing touch, so keep in mind it needs to be proportional to the size of your room. In terms
of size, the top surface of a bedside table should be compact, but think that it needs to be spacious enough to fit at least a table lamp, a couple of books neatly stacked and an alarm clock. Even if it’s small, we love bedside tables with a single drawer as it provides some concealed space to store essentials such as glasses or a little notebook with a pen.
What trends and materials are proving popular when it comes to bedroom furniture? In terms of materials, I would definitely go for a finish that matches the rest of the furniture, as two matching tables will create a clean, coordinated look. However, mismatched furniture is all the rage at the moment so maybe you want to be creative and add something completely different – if this is the case, try keeping at least a similar finish for a harmonious but stylish result. This year we’re embracing contrast and warm colours that can create a cosy and lived-in atmosphere. Metallic is a trend that is coming back and so we will see more shiny, lavish metal hues such as brass, bronze, silver and the timelessly stylish gold. Deep colours with rich pigments, such as teal or earthy hues like terracotta are becoming a trend as a response to a ‘back to nature’ philosophy that brings natural elements into interiors.
Above: Embracing the trend for natural materials is this handwoven rattan Nadia dressing table and stool. It may look like it’s lacking in storage but there are discreet shelves hidden in the sides which could be used for tucking away makeup, books or papers when not in use. It’s £295 from Habitat
Materials and textures have the power to change up the whole feel of a room and should be well thought about, alongside the size and shape. Katie Edmundson, junior buyer at Habitat, says; ‘We have seen a trend towards dramatic furniture in interesting shapes as well as a new market for materials such as rattan, metal and upholstery. Our Nadia bedroom collection is in lightweight rattan with a handwoven organic structure which gives a different yet elemental vibe in the bedroom.’ We love how natural materials are coming into play and incorporating them into new furniture choices will give your space that spring-summer refresh you desire.
Above: For a mid-century modern look this table from Atkin & Thyme is a beautiful piece to treasure for the long term. Crafted from textured mango wood, the Newton bedside cabinet comes with a middle shelf and brass hardware. Priced at £199
Chairs are a great opportunity to incorporate an extra seating area, and also have the added advantage of being easily moved around the room to find the perfect spot. A chair allows you to express more personality as there are a multitude of colours, shapes and sizes to choose from. Charlie Marshall, founder of Loaf, says; ‘Whether you’re after an armchair for the corner or have a larger space fit for a love seat, getting the right size chair is key. Height is also something to consider, which is why taller legs are available on many of our armchairs. This is so you can get the height to fit the space you’ve got.’
Above: We’re getting all the minimalist Scandi vibes from this bedroom setup. The Fredericia Stingray Rocking Chair, designed by Thomas Pedersen in 2002, is a modern take on a classic and was inspired by the flowing shape of a stingway. Priced at £1,844 from nest.co.uk
‘A smaller piece of furniture like a chair can create a real statement with a pop of colour that brings the room to life, and it can be easily moved around the room to find the best spot’
Above: A simple yet chic design, the round tray table from French Connection would be the ideal addition in a modern or industrial-style scheme. Crafted from reclaimed wood with a metal frame, it’s £145
Mirrors are an often overlooked piece but not only are they hugely functional, they can also reflect light and help make smaller rooms appear larger. Charlie Marshall of Loaf, says; ‘When it comes to picking a mirror for the bedroom, there are so many things to consider. Are you looking to boost space, reflect light, create warmth or grab attention with a show-stopping piece? The best place to start is to know what you’re trying to achieve with a space. Then you can think about the fun parts, like whether you’re after a subtle, brass-finished piece of Art Deco cool or a bit of beached timber charm.’
Article by: Lucy Macdonald