Your bedroom should be the ultimate expression of relaxation and luxury. David Hartikainen, New South Wales Showroom Manager at Space Furniture, discusses how best to create a luxurious bedroom.
Where do you begin when you are looking at designing a bedroom?
I think your bedroom should be thought of as one of the purest expressions of yourself. It is the most intimate space in someone’s home so it should be designed to accurately reflect your personality. That’s always the place I start when designing someone’s interior – coming to understand the client and what it is that they want out of the space. With most bedrooms it is treating it as a retreat.
A bedroom should always be treated as a place of retreat, that’s where people go for solitude, where people go for rest and relaxation.
I recommend neutral colour palettes in bedrooms, furniture and design that doesn’t clutter the space and create noise – the last thing you want to do is wake up tired of a room! Heavy interiors or heavy textures or patterns can do that to you.
How would you go about creating a very luxurious feel in your bedroom?
To create luxury focus on luxurious materials – fine linens, luxe velvets perhaps.
You should look at how you apply them in the room, not necessarily just on pieces like your bed or an armchair but also through to for example, the wall treatments as well.
Wall treatments are often overlooked but can add multiple value, enhancing the value of the furniture and the interior design within the space.
When it comes to buying freestanding bedroom furniture – chests of drawers, bedside tables, for example – what kind of advice do you give people ?
Less is more with bedroom furniture. It isn’t your office or your living room, so you should keep storage down to a minimum and have wherever you can purpose built hidden storage.
There are some beautiful pieces within the Giorgetti collection, like the Venus dressing table, that are purpose built for storing watches or jewellery and they are beautifully petite and don’t take up much room and are purpose built.
Do you generally advise that people try and incorporate built-in storage?
There are some really sexy and glamorous wardrobes around now and I think people have gone beyond the days when their wardrobe was the junk room or the junk closet. There is care going into it.
If you have the luxury of having built-in robes, there is nothing better than the Porro Storage system from Space Furniture. It is made in Italy, beautiful, and really versatile and you can design the system either to be a cupboard or a walk-in closet. There is a little bit of glamour and luxury in putting your clothes in such a beautiful setting.
What are some of the your favourite bedroom furniture pieces within the Space Furniture showroom?
B&B Italia has some incredible bedroom furniture designs, and each is very distinctive from the other. For me, the Husk bed by Patricia Urquiola is a favourite at the moment.
There is something that is comforting about that lovely quilted headboard that sort of wraps around you. A beautiful bed paired with a beautiful wardrobe is really all you need.
What about bedside tables - what should people consider?
With bedside tables you can look at something with storage, or you can just look at how side tables could be used instead.
In my bedroom I use a large side table so I can put my iPad on it and a glass of water and other things, but it is more functional for me than a small bedside table.
How do you approach a guest bedroom’s design differently to that of a main bedroom?
I think you need to think about the practicality of a guest bedroom. If you have the luxury of having multiple spare bedrooms in your home, go ahead, but in cities where people tend to live in apartments, you need to think about its usefulness.
How many times will guests come to stay? Do you need to use it as another room as well? If so, then it is worth getting furniture that can have multiple uses. Think about what the experience is that your guest wants to have. Who will be staying? Will it be family or friends? What kind of experience will they want to have?
How would you recommend people use mirrors and other decorative objects in a bedroom design?
I think if you look at what you would want in a bedroom – a beautiful wardrobe, a beautiful bed – I think you also need to think about what is practical and an elegant mirror can open up a space and adds functionality really easily.
With lighting, bright is not better. I would stick to lighting that is subtle and ambient. A bedside light is always great but you just need to balance the need for rest and relaxation. You should have one main bright light and then ambience should come from tabletop or subtle lighting.