Brian Woulfe, managing director and founder of Designed by Woulfe, shares his expert insight.
1. When designing a relaxing boutique hotel bedroom, start from the ground-up. A wooden floor will always look stylish and contemporary, but a cosy carpet will give your space an intimate, relaxed and informal atmosphere. Use soft tones and subtle patterns to add interest, that won’t distract from the rest of the interior. Moving up the room, harmonious accent tones should tie together a wide and generous bed and soft furnishings like scatter cushions and sumptuous throws.
2. Include a bedside table that is no higher than the top of the bed. Bedside tables are a necessary element to a balanced bedroom scheme, but are often overlooked. Make sure they are styled artfully. Avoid clutter, and use the space to display delicate ornaments and lamps, or even candles. A sweet-smelling candle will help to calm you, and the gentle, flickering light is as relaxing as it is flattering, for the space as well as any guests!
3. Lighting is one of the most important things to get right for a relaxing and inviting atmosphere in a bedroom. Don’t use downlights if at all possible. Table and floor lamps are your best friend and will help you achieve a cosy yet favourable setting. Lamps at eye level are the most flattering as they create a soft, golden glow. Use dimmer switches on your lamps so that you can control the level of light as the evening progresses. Good lamp shades make even the simplest of lamps look luxurious.
In terms of bedroom trends for 2018, mid-Century classics are back and are taking the design and interiors industry by graceful storm. This trend has it all; texture, colour, and curvaceous and inviting forms. The influence of mid-Century design on the interiors industry is more present than ever and utterly unapologetic. Celebrated for its simple, yet striking, sculptural shapes, this style will suit any modern bedroom.
4. Large, inviting and cosy furniture in confident colours and plush fabrics has led almost all trend forecasts. Think Ligne Roset. Sumptuous and seating arrangements that are both welcoming and elegant are an expression of modern day life for design aficionados. Hotel designers are seeking out comfortable and functional pieces for their clients, sacrificing anything but style.