Pretty romance

Soft and feminine, this bedroom style is all about charm. Pastel shades, laced or flounced edges and floral patterns are all hallmarks of this timeless look, but prevent the overall scheme appearing fussy or dated by introducing sharper pieces of furniture, details or decorative items as a contrast.

Layer upon layer

This style is epitomised by an abundance of squashy pillows, cushions and pretty linen, overlaid with throws and bedcovers, so that the overall feel is indulgent, comforting and inviting. When it comes to romance, more is more!

Chesterfield upholstered bed, Pottery Barn.

Floral pillow and duvet cover set, H&M Home.

Provençal bed frame, bedding and accessories, Laura Ashley Home.
Modern muse
Clean and crisp with a pared-down aesthetic and minimal detail, this bedroom style has a slightly retro feel. The look depends on sharp lines in the choice of bed and accompanying furniture, together with muted, sophisticated shades, shot through with just one or two accent colours to make the room feel personal and interesting.

Material matters

While this style is undeniably simple with an emphasis on structured design, it is quality furnishings and unusual finishes that lift the game – be it an eye-catching wall treatment, luxury bed linen, or just one or two statement pieces of furniture. Such additions make a dramatic difference, even in an otherwise budget-conscious scheme.

Mod upholstered bed, bedding, furniture and accessories, West Elm.

Miller bedroom set (including chest of drawers, night stand, dresser, stool) bedding and accessories, Indigo Living.

Tate bedroom set (including bed and night stand), Torben bedding and accessories, Crate & Barrel.

Malm bedroom set (including bed frame and chest of drawers) bedding and accessories, Ikea.

Fun times

From fairy-tale nurseries to make-believe havens and tweenager dens, bedrooms for youngsters have to take into account different needs, interests – and changing tastes! – as the years pass, but what every child of any age will always want is a welcoming room that is undeniably theirs...

Youthful enthusiasm

Forget sophisticated style – a child’s room is all about fun, filled with the familiar things they treasure. Cheerful colours or bold patterns will eventually replace sugar-soft nursery hues, and technology will replace childhood toys, but chosen well, certain items will always stand the test of time, be it hard-wearing flooring, practical storage, or even a bed that can be adapted as they grow.

Children’s bedding and accessories, H&M Home.

Quincy bed, Turner Petite desk, Loren bench, bedding and accessories, Ethan Allen.

Bedding, toys and accessories, Zara Home.

Brimnes bedroom set (including bed with storage and chest of drawers), bedding and accessories, Ikea.

Furniture, toys and accessories, Children’s Lane.

Polished glamour

This elegant style is grown-up and sophisticated, and doesn’t depend on a particular era or heritage to define it. From French Provençal to art deco glamour, this is chic personified, with an undeniable sense of hotel luxe.

Graceful notes

Quietly coordinated and considered, this calm luxurious look is both indulgent and relaxing. Keep the scheme as clutter-free as possible, and invest in beautiful finishing touches – fresh or faux flowers, scented candles and ambient lighting are all essential elements in this bedroom.

Allesandra bed, Alexis bench, Vivica chest, Chrystiane side chair and Glamour starburst mirror, Ethan Allen.

Eloquence bedroom furniture, bedding and accessories, Bloomingdale’s Home Dubai.

Colette bedroom set (including bed, side chair, vanity and nightstand), Laurel, Siesta and Belo bedding, Dubois square mirrors and Memphis rug, Crate & Barrel.

Silver and Linen bed, Betsey burgundy chair, other bedroom furniture, bedding and accessories, Indigo Living.

Boudoir beauties

Give this most personal of spaces panache with this choice of essential buys


Upholstered walnut sleigh bed Calvin Klein Home at Interiors, Dh103,500 for bedroom set

Barrett poster bed Ethan Allen, Dh7,240

Mid-century bedframe West Elm, Dh3,850

Lira bed THE One, Dh4,495


Abson chest of drawers Flamant, Dh12,580

Louis XV curved dresser Roche Bobois, Dh29,000

Twinkle Twinkle vanity cabinet Caracole at Bloomingdale’s Home Dubai, Dh5,750

Night stands

Barrymore end table Ethan Allen, Dh3,150