Having been in the new place for almost two years, I reckon it really is time that we got around to decorating our bedroom. The boys’ rooms were a priority when we moved in and in the first week before we even unpacked we’d done the full-scale pink to blue overhaul. Our bedroom however has been wholly untouched and remains thoroughly unresplendent in a dismal combination of magnolia walls and orange varnished pine floor boards.
Part of the reason for that is just down to time. There’s only so much decorating you can fit into a jam-packed work/family life. However it’s also because, of all the rooms in the house, I’ve had the least clue about where I want to go with the bedroom decor. And somehow it feels like the most important room to get right. Our bedroom is the original drawing room of the house, so it’s got the greatest sense of grandeur. It’s got lovely cornicing, a Carrarra marble fireplace and gorgeous panelling around the box bay window. It would really be a shame to ruin all that loveliness with an ill-conceived design scheme…
Classic or contemporary?
The nature of my dilemma, in a nutshell, is whether to go contemporary or traditional. I won’t ever be all-out traditional in my taste you understand; I would always look to inject something of the modern into any scheme. But I could live with the bones a scheme being very classic, provided there was enough of a contemporary emphasis in the styling.
My current bedroom furniture is a hangover from three homes ago (the converted warehouse) and is all sleekly contemporary. I love that look where ultra contemporary meets period in a big clashy wow. However, somehow that’s not what’s going on in my bedroom right now. I think the problem is that my furniture, while contemporary, is just too plain and understated for the architecture of the room. It’s a bit lost in there and the effect is altogether underwhelming. It’s just not working and I need to start from scratch.
And so to bed
A clean design slate is of course an indecisive decorator’s worst nightmare. I could agonise over this for years and years more to come. However, having hummed and hawed for months already I’ve resolved just to crack on. I’ve ordered a bed.
The bed seemed like the logical place to start. It’s obviously the biggest piece of furniture in the room so more than any other item will set the tone for the scheme. Also, I figure I owe it to Mark who at 6’3” tall has now spent almost ten years with his feet awkwardly hanging over the wooden footboard of our standard sized double. (With barely a complaint about it too…)
I was initially drawn to sumptuously upholstered beds, all velvety and luxurious. Love Your Home do gorgeous ones. These people made our sofa which I LOVE. However, the price tag is sadly beyond our current budget. Yes, there are budget versions all over the internet. I’m the first person to agree that there is loads of great budget-priced furniture around these days – stylish, well made and practically indistinguishable from high end options. Upholstery however is one area where I think you really do get what you pay for. Aiming for top end style on a budget can too easily end up looking more tacky than luxe.
So what is the one option which offers high quality at a budget price? Vintage of course. I found Bedshack on e-bay who import vintage beds from France, upcycle them by doing a distressed paint job on them, provide custom made slats and deliver to your door. All at a fraction of the cost of a new bed. Sold!
I eagerly await delivery of my new bed. I am resisting making any more design decisions until I see it in situ which will help me visualise the rest of the scheme more easily. Indecisive decorators need to take this interiors business one step at a time.
Next we need decide when we’re going to crack on with the painting and get time off from work booked. (Never again will I attempt to decorate in the evenings/weekends around a full work schedule; I just don’t have the stamina for it.) Then my timetable will be fixed and I will be forced to get on with planning the whole scheme. An indecisive decorator works best under pressure I find.
I’ll keep you posted on progress. Meantime, please inspire me with your bedroom designs. Have you had a traditional/contemporary dilemma too? How did you resolve yours?