Sleeping in the modern age

Bedroom Styles

Bedroom Styles

There can be little doubt that one of the benefits of living in the 21st century is that, in terms of bedroom style, we have never been spoilt with so much decorative choice and captivating design innovation. And whilst modern living might conjure images of contemporary minimalism, it need not be so.

Most would agree that that our preoccupation with contemporary design and an uncluttered approach to styling themes has had a significant effect on modern day bedrooms, and indeed, many architectural themes are perfectly suited to this philosophy. Yet many traditional bed designs can look strikingly modern in the correct setting, with basic contours that are perfectly suited to low maintenance settings and neutral colour themes.

Dark English oak and emotive Victorian Antique Brass are two such materials that simply come alive when sympathetically married to the minimal urban aesthetic. With clever lighting and inspired use of complementary accessories, some definitive results are possible as old and new come together with intriguing results. It is often a surprise to find that the Modernism trend is actually not modern at all but has deep roots that are linked to a period in design history almost a century old.

In fact today’s contemporary interiors often unknowingly pay homage to the style of the Machine Age and the early Modernist architects and designers, albeit with a different take on their maxims of function and simplicity. In clean-cut homes where technology has replaced artifice, and decorative nuances rely on simplistic texture and colour rather than pattern, the often elaborate period bedroom style has been replaced with a desire for calm minimalism and understated detail.

Simple bed design such as low-level platform models in beech or light oak, or perhaps modern iron bedstead classics in silver or pewter finishes or nickel and chrome, epitomise the modern mantra providing the perfect backdrop for furnishings and accessories that are neutral and ascetic.

Modern European or Scandinavian inspired architecture and glassy townhouses offer the ideal setting for this decorative mood, although equally successful are converted buildings and spaces such as lofts, former churches and industrial relics and barn conversions. These environments often provide the space and character for some of the most successful contemporary bedrooms and in these settings a cutting edge bed as the focal point has the ability to truly shine.

Again, as an example of old and new working together, a discreet harmony and feeling of modern luxury is easy to achieve. In such room spaces, restrained decorative inspiration is key and the wise use of materials is as important as furniture and form.

Wooden, metal or roller blinds as an alternative to curtains work well in the modern environment and light wooden flooring or natural matting, provide sympathetic flooring solutions. Softness can be added to the mix in the form of animal print rugs or striped runners and luxurious bed throws for a sense of art deco flair.

Indeed, the intuitive and perhaps seasonal use of flattering accessories in a predominantly, neutral space, offers great room mood flexibility with changes of textures and colour to create and enhance atmosphere far more easily than might be so in the case of an overtly co-ordinated traditional period theme.

For additional karma add to the equation, a sense of nature in the form of plants or organic ornamentation either within the room or perhaps on a balcony to provide a link with the outside world and sensory elements such as scented candles or a wind chime together with adjustable light levels to soothe and calm, might be small details yet serve to make an equally important and inviting contribution.

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