How to create a sophisticated guest bedroom
With furniture from previous houses and a few relics of the past, this client’s guest bedroom had become a little forgotten and was out of sync with the rest of the home. The brief was to transform it into a sophisticated, stylish zone where the owners would feel comfortable inviting guests.
Positioned at the front of the house and accessible to visitors, it was important to get this room right since it forms part of the “public zone” of the home. So while it is a bedroom, we wanted to give it some of the characteristics of a more styled living space too.
For this brief, I was inspired by the moody colours of nature and textural linens. Drawing on the home’s contemporary decor, I wanted to reflect this palette in the bedroom, while at the same time creating a calm and clean aesthetic.
My own colour palette was drawn from Australian designers, Jardan Furniture, Armadillo rugs and Hale Mercantile Co linen.
Art sets the tone
Art can completely change the mood of a room. For me, it was the starting point in refurbishing this bedroom. I suggested an abstract artwork by Madeleine Casey called ‘Odyssey in Black’. The combination of light, dark and subtle metallic colours in this piece sets a moody but calming tone.
Anchoring the look is the Jardan Finley bed with leather sling bedhead. The combination of nude-coloured leather with an American oak frame is a stunning addition of texture and warmth to the space.
An alternative design without leather is the Nook bed in brushed linen. This piece has a minimal profile and recessed legs for a clean look that won’t date.
To dress the bed, I’ve suggested 100% linen by Hale Mercantile Co. This is a stunning range of bedlinen, spun from premium grade flax sourced from France and Belgium. The result is a superior level of softness, texture and durability, with colours ranging from deep charcoal, blue and chartreuse through to soft lilac and sable. Once you’ve slept in these sheets, you will never go back!
The HMCo range of linen bedding and accessories is available in Australia through Cranmore Home.
Another option is a vintage-washed look, such as the Reilly range by Sheridan. Adairs also offer a good quality vintage washed range. In warmer months go for a quilted coverlet instead of a doona which can be tucked in and provide a seamless look in a guest bedroom.
For guest bedrooms I often like to suggest bedsides that aren’t really bedsides. It lightens up the floor space and creates a more stylised look. For this room, I specified two Eero Saarinen tulip side tables with marble tops.
For bedside lighting, I’ve suggested a floor lamp instead of traditional matching bedside lamps. The Gubi ‘Grasshopper’ lamp in Warm Grey will save space on the side table and create visual interest in the room.
Providing texture and comfort underfoot is the Sierra Weave floor rug in Silt by Armadillo. The warm tones of this piece work beautifully with the leather bedhead, linen and artwork.
Brass is the new copper
To complete the look, I suggested accessories from Tom Dixon, including the Bash range of brass bowls and glass Earth candle. These hues will look gorgeous on the marble side tables against the stormy, metallic tones in the artwork.