Summer Trends in Bedroom Design
The look in bedrooms this summer is cool and light, strongly influenced by the Swedish manor house interiors and their traditional painted furniture. Colours are light creams and greys, and washed-out blues, allowing for the occasional splash of vivid colour on a throw or scatter cushions piled on the bed. Laura Ashley’s bedroom furniture range perfectly reflects this look; their delicate Clifton dressing table set with pendant drawer handles or the Bramley chest of drawers with painted top, lightly distressed to provide the appearance of an antique piece, would go perfectly with a painted wooden bed or French Provencal style wardrobe.
Laura Ashley bedroom design
The fashion for the Swedish manor house look doesn’t extend to the rather bare interiors of the originals – on the contrary, the colours and style are teamed with luxurious bed coverings and deep pile carpets, with a low button back chair upholstered in white or pale grey to complement the whole. The trick in successfully creating an immensely relaxing environment is to keep to the simplicity of the original look, but to use materials that provide a sense of comfort and luxury. It’s the perfect space for summer – reflecting the light of those clear summer evenings, providing a bedroom that you just long to retire to at the end of the day.
A very different influence on bedroom design this summer has been the growing interest in the interior design of boutique hotels, and in the signature style of individual designers. Most recently this has driven a fashion for the chic and the decorative, with extensive use of patterned textiles in bedrooms, and the imaginative combining of modern furniture with unusual antique pieces. Beds are furnished with extravagant headboards upholstered in blue and white tea rose patterns, and spread with white lacy throws; or a bold design of orange and grey squares is used for bed cushions and to cover a storage chest at the foot of the bed, contrasting with the white and pale grey floral patterned headboard. If you can pick up a Victorian nursing chair from a browse through your local antique shops, it will be the find to complete your boutique bedroom look