Balmy nights call for a restful retreat...
When temperatures soar and evenings are spent sipping chilled spritzes in the sun, a cool and calming bedroom to come back to, is key to a good night’s sleep.
Soothing neutrals, such as crisp white and soft grey create a pleasing palette that’s both fresh and relaxing. To keep a backdrop of white walls and white ceilings feeling cool and breezy, rather than cold and austere, layer textures, such as pale cotton curtains and light linen bedding, as this will balance the hard surfaces with soft touches and bring a tranquil beach-house vibe to your bedroom.
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Pastel pink and other ice cream shades will evoke lazy summer days, so accessorise at will. If you like the idea of light, floaty curtains, but are concerned about a 4-am sunrise wake-up call during the summer, consider pairing them with shutters (or a black out blind).
Plantation shutters will block out light and provide privacy, as you can open the slats to suit even when they’re closed, while solid shutters, will give complete window coverage so are generally left open during the day, so you may need a sheer blind or panel if you’re overlooked and want to prevent anyone from peeping in.
That said, there are other options, such as Tier on Tier or Half Solid shutters, if you’d like to be able to close the lower half for privacy and allow light through the upper half. So speak to a specialist about the various options available.
Mixing white and pale neutrals with darker tones can offer cool comfort too, as you will see in the examples ahead.
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This bedroom owes it's calm, rustic feel to the neutral walls, stonewashed linen and simple furniture.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion by Dulux. The bed and Stirling rug are from John Lewis. The bed linen is by Muji. The bedside table was made by Paul, using an old dolly tub and cut-down scaffold boards, then painted and waxed. The vintage Anglepoise lamp was found in a Cornish antiques shop.
This bedroom feels calm and textured despite the Seventies Italian chandelier, thanks to the exposed beams.
Get the look: For a similar Italian chandelier, visit the Midcentury Modern show. The Louis XV caned bed and bedside table are by Simon Horn. The bedspread is made in Circolo by Ulf Moritz for Sahco.
This calm and tranquil bedroom has enough warmth and texture to stop it being monastic.
Get the look: The bedstead is by Feather & Black and painted in Mole’s Breath eggshell by Farrow & Ball.
A light, delicate palette is perked up by pretty pastel shades. Shutters and curtains guarantee shut-eye is undisturbed by an early sunrise.
Get the look Visit The Linen Works for comparable bedding.
Black and white photography decorates this calm bedroom, with photographs taken on the owner's travels, in this case in Kerala, India.
Get the look: The cedar stool is part of the Riva 1920 collection from Heal’s.
This couple were very specific about the floor colour they wanted, so they did test upon test to get it absolutely right.
Get the look The floorboards were supplied by Istoria by Jordan Andrew. This is the Cherub bed from the Signature range at La Maison London. The cushions and throw are from Graham and Green. The Tulip side table is by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.
This pared-back space leads to a dressing room and an en-suite bathroom. Solid shutters keep out the light in the morning.
Get the look This is the Modernica pendant light by George Nelson. The rug was made bespoke by Studio Four NYC. The bedside table is by Room & Board.
This bedroom was designed with pared-back furnishings and subdued colours to add to the relaxed feel of the space.
Get the look The bath is from W4 Bathrooms. The curtains are in Romo’s Launay Thistledown linen. The side table is from DI Designs. Barker and Stonehouse sells a similar table lamp and shade. The bed is by The White Company.
Feminine glamour comes into its own, with textures of smooth silk and crisp cotton. Favourite finds include the Fifties Italian table lamp.
Get the look This is a sofa.com bed. The bedside lamp is from Interior Eden. The bedding is by Yves Delorme. The wall covering is by Villa Nova. This is Cheville Parquet flooring.
This couple chose a soft, dark palette for their attic bedroom.
Get the look The wall is painted in Downpipe estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The bed is from sofa.com. The throw is from The White Company. The linen bedding was bought at The Conran Shop. This is the DLM side table by Hay at Haus.
This master suite was three tiny rooms originally, but it was made into something extraordinary that stretches the whole width of the house. Solid shutters provide total black-out and a clean look.
Get the look This is the Miconos wall light by Artemide. Find the Paille japonaise RM 101 12 wall covering by Élitis at Abbott & Boyd. The studded headboard and chest of drawers were made bespoke. The mattress is by Tempur. The bed linen is from The Linen Works. The David vase is from Rockett St George.
Formerly a bathroom and the kids’ room, the master bedroom lacked height. The ground floor was lowered to level the kitchen-living area with the garden and gain more ceiling height here. Part of the ceiling has been removed to reveal the soaring roof rafters and bring the cabin-chic look the owners love.
Get the look Walls, Cornforth White Estate Emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Bed, Feather & Black. Bedding, The White Company. Harlosh bedside table, Pinch. Hector wall lights and Doma pendant light, Original BTC.
The owner’s minimalist style ensures the bedroom sleek and serene.
Get the look The built-in wardrobe is by Evoke. This is the Kanik side table by Trunk. The duvet cover and blanket are from The Conran Shop. The pink sheet and pillowcases are by Caravane.
Chic, serene and classic were the watchwords when designing this house. For this reason, the owners majored on pastels when it came to choosing the colour scheme in the bedroom.
Get the look For a matching wall colour, check out Fired Earth’s Manna Ash matt emulsion. The desk is by Ofist. Try The Conran Shop for similar. This is the Nerd chair by David Geckeler for Muuto. The Alcova ’09 four-poster bed is by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto at B&B Italia. This is the ST04 Backenzahn side table by Philipp Mainzer for e15, available at Viaduct.