Archive for the ‘Beam at bedrooms’ Category

Nautical but nice

July 2, 2012

And talking of holidays (I was, if you must know…) when you rent out that seaside apartment, you want to wake up and feel you’re on holiday. No offence to all those dowdy B&Bs I frequented  in my youth, but this bedroom leaves them up the creek without a paddle. All it takes is the odd driftwood accessory, maritime prints on the wall plus a splash of blue here and there and you can almost hear the sea from here…

Seán O

A little piece of the seaside…



Dream bedroom

June 22, 2012
Who’s in a holiday frame of mind? I certainly am, which is why this French country home is massively appealing. And what wouldn’t you give for a bedroom that opens onto a patio with greenery all around? I think I’m going to have to change my holiday destination…  By the way, in case you didn’t notice, House to Home has introduced the My Moodboards feature, so you can collect and save images on H2H such as this stunning bedroom. As well as it being a useful tool, it’s a lot of fun and surprisingly simple to do – even for me.

What a way to wake up…

Elegant French bedrooms

June 8, 2012

In case you didn’t know, England are soon to play France at football in the Euros. Now we may be superior to that country at sport (on a good day, with the wind in the right direction) but when it comes to elegant interiors, our Gallic friends are most definitely ahead of the game. Take a look at the bedroom in this French country house that is one of our H2H house tours – its calming colour scheme and the soft flowing lines of the traditional cane bed are a winning combination.

French bedrooms – unbeatable for elegance…

Seán O

Teenage schemes

May 23, 2012

You may not always understand your teenager, but one thing that is crystal clear is their need to put their own stamp on their bedroom. From skateboards and guitars to make-up chests and pink fluffy phones, why not find a way of displaying items and decorating their retreat in a quirky, creative way?

Hang hooks on the walls to display items, frame collections, posters and concert tickets, and use wall stickers – on cupboard doors and floors as well as the walls. You could try using blackboard paint on a wall for doodles, or, if your child is a budding artist, why not give them a wall to spray paint or grafitti themselves?

Here’s a few ideas…

Hang skateboards or other items on the wall for an eye-catching display

Wall stickers are a fun way of personalising a scheme – we love these Eiffel Tower designs

A map of the world makes an interesting backdrop, and the Smeg fridge is a super-cool addition. Plus the Union Jack theme is right on trend for 2012

Dramatic stripes and hits of black gives this young lady’s room an air of sophistication


Drift away…

May 9, 2012

There are two things in interiors that I’ve heard a lot about the last few months. One is red, white and blue – all things British are big for 2012 as you may have already noticed. The second is coastal; think seaside, think shells, think driftwood.

So here I bring you a bedroom that I think blends these two themes perfectly. Courtesy of WorldStores, this scheme conjures images of life by the sea, with its mix of sun-bleached floorboards and frames teamed with splashes of jubilant nautical shades. Perfect – but what do you think?


Dark and mysterious

April 12, 2012

Not all of us have the space to achieve a bedroom like this, but it’s a great example of how taking your time to really think about your scheme and what look you want to achieve can pay off.

I love the moody, dark tones of this room, with its elegantly draped curtains and period details. There’s just an air of grandeur about it, and the mirrors either side of the bed are a great way to bounce some light around if you have a small, dark room.


All in a theme

March 9, 2012

I recently helped a friend decorate her bedroom. Asking her for ideas as to what she wanted, all she could come up with was that she liked the colour purple – we decided to go down a Moroccan-inspired route, with floaty voile, mosaic tealights, jewel-coloured cushions and silver gilt mirrors. It got me thinking that when you’re short of inspiration, there’s nothing like a ‘theme’ to get you motivated.

Whether it’s a colour, an animal, a pattern or a country, we’d love to hear whether you’ve ‘themed’ any of your rooms. This coastal-inspired bedroom belongs to a Suffolk seaside apartment you can see more by clicking here.



Head’s up on bedroom style

January 25, 2012

I have a friend who somewhat honestly admits to being fickle when it comes to decor. Having asked her husband to rewallpaper a feature wall in their bedroom for the upteenth time, he suggested (rather resignedly) that he attach a sheet of MDF as a headboard behind the bed and wallpaper that instead – somewhat easier than redoing a whole wall the next time she discovers a new must-have design or pattern.

That got me thinking about how easy it is to be creative with a headboard – there’s so much scope for imagination, from paint effects, upholstered foam, wallpaper and anything your heart desires.

Ideal for open-plan bedrooms, a divider can be decorated however you choose

Why not take the headboard right up to the ceiling as in this Hill House Interiors scheme?

A wood surround with an upholstered interior makes a luxurious backdrop

This modern scheme from Hill House Interiors shows the headboard colours reflected in the blind fabric

You can find more bedroom ideas at Housetohome

Which one is your favourite? We’d love to know of any ideas you’ve come up with.



Rooms with attitude

January 18, 2012

New year, new dilemmas. Like how to decorate your teenage boys’ bedroom in a way that meets with their approval. The easy way out is to paint everything in black, with matching rug and bedclothes. But when the lightbulb blew you’d never find them! So why not go against your better instincts, forget all proper colour and plump for grey. Ok, it’s dull to you, but it’s cool to them. Check out youngsters’ rooms on housetohome. Forget expensive shelving units (I’d give them  three years max) and go shopping at your friendly Swedish megastore for all this kind of stuff. All seems quite unimaginative, but the end of the day (when they really should be asleep anyway) they’ll spend most of the time glaring at a screen with thumbs waggling a controller. Or making a racket with that electric guitar. So why fret about colour schemes – keep it simple, I say. Now to convince my wife…

Seán O

A clean and tidy boys' room – it'll never last...



Hang it!

September 2, 2011

Does anybody out there have problems choosing wallpaper? Once you’ve got over the ‘shall I paint or paper it?’ dilemma, you’ve then got a minefield of choices to find that perfect look. I like a good wallpaper – a trendy paint colour’s all very well but it doesn’t expressive your individuality to the same extent. It can also reinforce that modern or traditional look you’re after. Here’s a sneak preview of the Johnson house in December’s 25BH  issue to illustrate how tastefully (and cleverly) it can be used. Bit flowery for me though…