By Calandra Fotini. Bedroom. Sunday, October 01st 2017, 09:33:56 AM.
I love the inventive way a screen has been used here. It's a hugely flexible item, too; if bought cheaply in poor condition, it can be creatively re‐covered in wallpaper or fabric. The brass bed often appeared in Victorian bedrooms. If you like the design but the finish feels a little too traditional, then get out your paintbrush. White makes for a soft and romantic aesthetic, or go for a bold and contrasting color choice to get a more eclectic look. Bedside tables were seldom matching, as this was not the era of uniform bedroom sets. Try using one plain table, covered with a tablecloth or lace, and an antique table or old military chest for the other side. Traditional Victorian bedrooms also had a washstand – a free‐standing piece of furniture with a marble top, a bowl and a water pitcher. Put a washstand to good use in your en suite. They can even be converted to hold modern plumbing. Fixtures and fittings in a Victorian bedroom would have been much the same as in the rest of the house, including architectural moldings and a fireplace, of course. Many houses have had fireplaces taken out or blocked off, but the recesses make for great storage, and the mantel is ideal for a mirror. While open fires can be messy in a bedroom, consider a gas alternative for a convenient and clean flame. Pure indulgence and, in true Victorian style, the perfect spot for an armchair. Finally, don't be a slave to your Victorian bedroom. You can keep all the traditional features and throw in some glamour and contemporary pieces for a gorgeous eclectic look. I'm sure Jane Eyre would approve.
Don't let the sloped ceilings and awkward architecture of the attic throw you off – with a little know‐how, you can transform this often‐underused space into cozy sleeping quarters. Whether you're in need of a guest bedroom or simply want a brand‐new space for yourself, check out the following professional tips for setting up a fabulous attic retreat. Arrange your furniture carefully. "Factor in space to sit and stand around main pieces of furniture, like sofas, chests and desks,” says interior designer Meredith Heron. "Be sure to place the bed somewhere that you can get in and out comfortably.” Use sloped ceilings wisely. "Dormers are great for window seats, desks or reading nooks,” says Heron. "These types of activities don't require ceiling height, so where things are constricted, they provide extra function to that space.” If you're short on storage, built‐in shelving is another wise use of the space where a sloped ceiling meets the floor. Consider skylights when arranging your layout. Do you like to read the morning paper in bed? Place your bed beneath the skylights. If you'd prefer natural light while getting ready for the day, arrange your space so your vanity sits under the windows.
This sleek headboard has a secret: It includes sliding panels that open to reveal a hidden cabinet behind. If you can't find what you're looking for and have the budget to do so, consider a custom‐built headboard like this example. Different headboard designs also come extended in width with attached drawers. These drawers are handy because they corral storage while acting as built‐in bedside tables. This design features one simple drawer for the side of the bed that can make all the difference. Consider large freestanding pieces that essentially double as storage space and headboard. These are especially convenient if you're converting a space into a bedroom that doesn't contain a closet. These pieces will ground the bed while providing ample space for clothing and necessities. Here is an example of a much larger and likely custom‐built piece that acts as a headboard as well as storage. I assume there is closet space on the other side, while the side we see comes complete with shelves and cabinetry. Adding upholstered squares makes the piece look like a more authentic headboard.