Dark and decadent

The palette for bedrooms has become bolder and darker – duck egg is out and midnight blue is in. Brooding colours like burgundy and moss green, glamorous jewel tones and rich shades of violet, navy or chocolate create an alluring bedroom scheme exuding warmth and comfort. Add soft lighting, heavy drapes and a velvet throw to complete the scene.

Rich jewel tones, deep teal and autumnal mauve and plum feature in IKEA’s winter collection.

Retro-cool cladding

From Georgian-style wall panels to planked walls and ceilings, interior wood cladding has become retro-cool again. Wood panelling painted white, grey or dark blue is a modern twist on the period feature and a great accent wall for a bedroom. Reclaimed timbers for floors and walls create a rustic, Scandi-chic look and conjure a sense of sanctuary, especially when they’re left untreated or coated in a shabby-chic whitewash.

This boy’s bedroom has a mature quality thanks to the dark blue period wall panelling complemented by grey furniture from Maisons du Monde.

Behind the screens

While many of us would love to live in a spacious mansion, sometimes the reality is a little different. Design trends have reacted to increasingly compact living spaces with decorative dividers and screens helping to zone areas while not skimping on style. In studio apartments dividers are efficiently mobile, while permanent partitions designed as a wardrobe or a shelving unit are practical and space-saving. This structural addition to the room can act as a headboard while partitioning the rest of the space for use as a dressing room or an en-suite bathroom.

A partition wall behind the bed can be papered, painted or decorated into a stylish headboard and used to section off a bathroom for the ultimate in open-plan living. Image: Living4Media

Perfectly imperfect

Gone are the days when we have to make the bed with precise hospital corners! Ditch the iron for creased bed linens – in soft pastel shades the look is cosy rather than dishevelled. Opt for a bed with no headboard and pile up the pillows for a minimalist Danish-inspired aesthetic; paint the wall or add panelling to give the backdrop character; mix-and-match your pillow cases and linens, leave lightbulbs bare, and top a stack of collected magazines with a lamp for a quirky touch.

Danish brand Georg Jensen Damask channels a “just got out of bed” look with its Engesvik bed linen featuring hand-drawn lines, designed by Norwegian Andreas Engesvik. Note the fashionable pairing of moody mushroom with sage green.

Woven in time

Natural textures played a key role in interior design trends throughout 2018 and now they’re working their way into bedrooms. Lightweight and durable, furniture made from rattan and wicker can be long-lasting – essential for a bed – and can be found in a variety of styles, from minimalist to decorative to British colonial. Team with a vintage rattan peacock chair, rustic rattan light shades, wicker baskets and trunks and layer with tropical-patterned bedding for a fashion-savvy scheme.   

Peacock chairs, also known as the Philippine chair, are experiencing a comeback with our love for all things rattan.

Floor it

Abandon the bed base and take minimalist design to a new level – as low as you can go. Placing the mattress low down, near to or on the floor, has caught on in Europe where the concepts of mindfulness and wabi-sabi have been around longer than in the UAE. The idea channels mindfulness by decluttering your bedroom and opening up the room, and when you lie down to sleep you’ll feel like you have more space to breathe, helping you to relax and unwind. To add some height and design kudos, place the mattress on a raised level, made from repurposed wooden crates or a stepped concrete platform for an urban edge.

Give wooden crates a new purpose as a bed base for an ultra-urban scheme. Image: Fritz Hansen

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