Focus on: Small Bedrooms
Each month we will take the opportunity to focus on another room in the home. Here you can pick up tips from the design team on soft furnishings, fitted furniture, finishes, the latest styles and storage solutions for all kinds of problems. We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or tips you would to share or seek advice with. Our first focus is on an area we know is a common problem; small bedrooms.
Small bedrooms doesn’t mean you are necessarily going to have to compromise. Indeed, making a large bedroom look in proportion and cosy can be just as tricky! However, with a smaller space you are of course trying to get all the items you want without clutter. The solution to this is the use of clever storage ideas and solutions. Fitted furniture is often very useful to assist with this. At Langley’s we do specialise in bespoke fitted furniture in a large range of styles and finish to suit all tastes.
“In this bedroom our customer was struggling with space. We managed to solve the situation with numerous solutions that were attractive and practical. Extra storage was created by designing a built in bed in-keeping with the rest of the furniture with drawer storage. These drawers are as well built as the rest of our furniture so will be able to cope with the heavy items that are likely to be stored there, such as bedding. The dressing table has numerous drawers and storage solutions, and the bedside chests have 2 drawers in each side. They even feature tea trays so you can enjoy your cup of tea without worrying about ring marks.
Fitted wardrobes are of course a must for maximising the storage potential in any room. We are able to create made to measure wardrobes with a variety of hanging and storage solutions to suit each client individually. These can include double and single hanging, shoe drawers, tie racks, shelving and other ideas.”
Peter Langley, Interior designer for Langley Interiors.
Built in Bed
Another very practical way to increase the feeling of space in a room is to have a bed built to match the rest of your fitted furniture. With this you have a few options. Firstly, you could choose to have storage within the bed, therefore making the room more practical. Another option is to have a low style of bed. This gives the illusion of space, as the bed being lower will stop it being the main focus of the room A custom bed does have a nice way of tying a room together, and the bespoke nature of it means the designer can ensure that all the space available is used in the best possible way. We have a number of solutions for bespoke beds to help.
Whatever the size of the room, lighting can make a huge difference when it comes to setting the mood and creating a feeling of space. Lamps and other lighting can add soft lighting to make a space feel cosy. As Neil from Light U tells us, lighting really can make a huge impact on a room;
“A lighting design concept for a room can really help to make the best of the area and highlight the areas you want to draw attention to. For example, spotlights used throughout a room instead of one central light will really help make the space feel welcoming. Downlights and LEDs can be used above, below or beside wardrobes or even under the bed and behind headboards to add depth and increase the feeling of space”
Neil Landmann, Light-U
Colour me pretty
When it comes to decorating smaller spaces, it really is advisable to keep things light and airy. Keep colours neutral, with a hint of colour to keep the room fresh. There are also a number of products on the market with light reflecting pigments that are specifically designed to make spaces look bigger. There are a number on the market, such as the Dulux Light and Space. You may want to stick to paper if your walls are slightly uneven. There are lots of bright wallpapers, and even some that feature crystals to reflect the light. Visit the showroom to have a look at the large number of displays and ideas we have for papers and decorating.
With carpets, again, keep the colours light.
“With a smaller area I would recommend to use a good quality wool carpet with a twisted pile to keep the area looking fresher for longer. Wool will retain it’s looks for a long time. Although there is a trend for darker and patterned carpets at the moment, I would steer clear of this in a small space.”
Tony Mackrill, Mackrill and Whitehead
For any questions, or to see more ideas and displays for yourself please visit us at the showroom. Alternatively, call us on 01204 525432 to find out more.