The walls are so dark – how come it still looks inviting? Choosing a carpet for this room was the starting point. The overall colour scheme needed to be grey and it was important to create a room that was rich and interesting without being stuffy. By choosing a silver carpet which is at the paler end of the grey colour spectrum you’ll see how the light reflects off the carpet and creates an injection around the room, making sure that the grey isn’t overpowering – it’s really just a clever balance of colour.
Bedrooms are usually quite symmetrical – this bedroom is different, it has symmetry but not throughout – how does that work? Perfectly symmetrical bedrooms work well in many cases, but this room needed to be eclectic and informal. So, the bedside tables are the same and the lamps are too – but notice how nothing else is – the cushions are different colours and even the print is off-centre and this really creates added interest and a slightly quirky style.
It is a really “luxe” looking bedroom - even though there is nothing particularly opulent in the scheme; Why is that? Creating a room that has just enough glamour to portray something luxurious but understated is not always an easy task! In this room the deep grey wall persuades your eye that this is a rich, sumptuous room, the velvet cushions and the silver carpet with its deep pile and shimmer really help to convey this illusion. Angle poise lamps, woollen throws and very plain curtains wouldn’t be a natural choice for an opulent room, but somehow, they offset the other areas of the scheme and give a lasting vision of luxurious style.
When you dissect the room bit by bit, it suddenly seems odd that the scheme actually works – how do you get the room to blend so well? By keeping the hues and tones very muted and in varying colours of grey it is possible to inject some other colours into the mix. So, the cushions are purple and lilac, adding colour interest...but what really helps is the use of the colour cream. The room gels beautifully as your eye goes from bedside table, to curtains, to the fringe on the throw and back again to the table – this is a very good tool for creating a harmonious room scheme and forms the ‘glue’ that holds a scheme together.