The bedroom is a place just for you, so why not take the opportunity to let your personality shine through? Whether you’re the classic or colourful type, these looks will give you all the inspiration you need.
Though there’s a myriad of different aesthetic styles when it comes to home decorating, it’s safe to say that us homemakers can be slotted into one of two categories: Those who embrace colour, and those who eschew it.
Of course, the monochrome look could never be considered superior to the colourful look and vice versa – it all comes down to the individual’s tastes – but each theme certainly has the ability to shape the personality of a space.
As Cassie Thomson, director at Melbourne-based styling company Pip+Coop, says: “A monochrome look in a home is very popular, and can suit a classic, organised and structured personality.”
On the flip side, a room bursting with colour, Cassie says, packs personality, and can often suit lovers of all things loud, bright and bubbly.
How to create a monochrome bedroom
Black, white, grey… sounds simple enough, right? There’s a little more to it if you really want your room to shine.
“The monochrome look is clean and crisp and anything but boring when done right,” Cassie tells us.
“Starting with a crisp white base is key when recreating a monochrome look: I like to start with a white bedspread, a neutral headboard and a black or white side table.”
From here, it’s all down to layering. “Build up your layers of black and grey evenly to create a sense of symmetry in your space.”
You’ll want to ensure you incorporate a handful of luxurious textures and patterns – this is how stylists like Cassie achieve an illusion of depth, even without the use of colour.
How to create a colourful bedroom
Cassie’s favourite place to start when styling a bold and bright bedroom is with a stunning painting or print.
“Start with the art and pull some inspiration from this for the colours you may want to include. This will ensure your finished look appears polished and well thought out.”
3 monochrome products to enhance your bedroom
1. Open road print, AUD$119
This Australian-made, greyscale print from Hunting for George paints a whimsical picture of adventure and will no doubt have you dreaming of your next trip abroad.
The 50-plus shades of grey within will help tie in all hues of your monochrome room, while the fluffy appearance of the clouds, rough terrain, rolling mountains and smooth road will do the same for your chosen textural elements.
2. Cotton cushion, AUD$89.95
The Bambury Tanna cushion from Temple and Webster makes for a sure-fire way to inject texture into your space in one not-so-foul swoop.
Use it as a layering piece on your bed, or transfer it to your occasional chair to help link the look with the rest of your space.
3. Cowhide rug, AUD$383.90
Add warmth underfoot with this speckled cowhide rug from Temple & Webster.
It’s undoubtedly a luxurious pick, and will stretch that classic look from the bed and walls right down to the floor, too.
3 colourful products to enhance your bedroom
1. Stair prints, AUD$119 each
These blue and pink prints from Hunting for George (sold separately) make for a great base in creating a colourful room.
The gradients allow for your space to feature a limitless range of colours, while the angular effect of the stairs invites you to get creative with shapes and lines.
2. Hexagonal mirrors, $29.99 for 10
The Honefoss mirror from Ikea makes for a truly unique and decorative addition to any wall that’s lacking a little oomph.
The individual pieces have both a silver and rose gold finish, and can be paired, clustered or dotted throughout a blank space.
3. Bedside table, AUD$74.99
Available in millennial pink and ash blue, the Patty side table from Adairs boasts a minimal Scandi design and practical storage to boot.
Place a decorative terrarium and stack of chic magazines on top, and it’s ready to make a sophisticated statement in your space.