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Bedroom Edit

While we’re often told that bedroom design should be peacefully sleep-inducing, no one wants a space that looks just plain boring. Fortunately, as these fabulous interiors show, bedrooms can combine a divinely dreamy feel with an inspiring dollop of drama.

Text Robyn Alexander
Photographs Greg Cox & Elsa Young

GOLD STANDARD

The spectacular master bedroom of an apartment in a storied Art Deco building was designed around its owner’s passion for the Bauhaus period and is filled with authentic vintage pieces as well as richly contrasting colours and textures. Glowing honey-coloured original parquet flooring is complemented by natural light, while an entire wall dramatically papered in glimmering gold leaf is offset by two large, monochrome artworks.

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Here a pair of 1950s drinks trolleys are used as bedside tables – topped with vintage Kaiser Idell lamps designed by the Bauhaus-based silversmith Christian Dell – while the “headboard” is made up of two botanical paintings by artist Frauke Stegmann.

UP THE VOLUME

This three-storey apartment is enveloped in moody shades of grey, layered with beautifully tactile materials such as the double-volume tempered steel plates that form one wall of the bedroom space seen here. Light floods in during the day, and the interior designer says she was “cognisant of how the interior relates to the exterior, so I opted to stand the dark in opposition to the brightness of the outdoors”. The resulting spaces are bold, simple and masculine – while also very elegant.

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This master bedroom is all about effortless cool, with double-volume ceilings and sliding doors that open onto a private balcony adding to its luxurious sense of space. “A bed needs to be all-enveloping: big, comfortable with great linen,” says the designer, who sourced all the furniture, rugs and bed linen at Weylandts.

INSIDE OUT

When designing a new home for himself and his family, an architect turned to the archetype of the internal courtyard wrapped around on all sides by the house. As the master bedroom suite seen here shows, the house is a series of pavilions with vast sliding doors and screens that can be opened and closed to reconfigure its spaces, while the merging of indoors and out is facilitated by a series of secondary courtyards where the pavilions open onto private, peaceful nooks under the trees.

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The courtyard onto which the master bedroom opens is one of homeowner and architect Anthony Orelowitz’s favourite places. Plants cascade from the top level, creating an atmospheric curtain of greenery that also cleverly conceals the steel beams that enable the open, floating quality of the architecture.

JUNGLE FEVER

In a small apartment, the confident use of oversized elements – whether these are finishes or furniture pieces – creates a feeling of luxury and generosity that makes the rooms seem much larger than they are and elevates the whole atmosphere into something intrinsically richer than what might have been expected. A bold, jungle-print linen wallpaper in the bedroom adds a feeling of wild, nature-inspired glamour.

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The exotic wallpaper is perfectly paired with furniture, including a pair of antique French side tables, crystal hanging bedside lights, and a Persian carpet – all of which up the glamour levels further. The iconic version of this wallcovering is C.W. Stockwell’s 1942 design, Martinique, but almost every supplier will have their own similar iterations of banana-leaf and palm-print designs.

FLORAL KINGDOM

“A room is never complete. It’s a process,” says the owner of this modern farmhouse on the outskirts of a big city. “As you live in it, you get a better sense of what it needs, and I add layers until I have a space that feels like part of the family,” she adds. It’s clear she’s had a great deal of fun conceiving a unique boudoir for her eldest daughter, with the result being a bedroom that combines fabulous wallpaper with a whimsical French rattan bed and plenty of quirky details.

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The bold floral wallpaper is by Cara Saven, while the bed was unearthed at a vintage store. The Indian Kantha throw is from The Storer, as is the Beni Ourain rug, while the bedside lamp is by Studio 19.

BACK TO BLACK

In a reworked mid-century house, restored modernist items picked up on auction rub shoulders with contemporary pieces, setting up an easy-going dialogue between past and present. The homeowner, a contemporary art dealer and sometimes gallerist, has also turned almost every room into a powerful display space – as seen here in the master bedroom, where a pair of eye-catching artworks give spectacular views an attractive counterpoint.

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The artworks above the bed, by Dale Lawrence, stand out beautifully against the black painted walls. The minimalist rocking chair and pendant light are both from Pezula Interiors, the coffee table is from Weylandts, and the rug is from Herringbone.