To me, the master bedroom is a sanctuary, somewhere calm to escape to at the end of the day, to unwind and recharge. I wanted our master bedroom to be exactly that, somewhere without too much clutter and visual annoyances that I could go to every evening to switch off and unwind in.
When we saw the architect’s 3D walk-through plans for the house, the angled window in this bedroom was one of the things we were most excited about seeing come into reality. It feels like we’re sleeping in the treetops, and it’s absolutely magic to wake up early enough to catch the firery sunrises. And as a complete bonus – we knew there was a slight chance we may get a view of the city, so when we climbed the scaffoldong up to this floor when it was first constructed, we were just blown away by the fact that we were high enough and perfectly placed to capture the view of Canary wharf and The Shard between the large trees.
The bedroom is by no means huge, but the amount of light and the clean surfaces make it feel larger than it actually is. The structure of the room echoes the rest of the house with a pale herringbone wooden floors, and as in the kitchen/diner, I decided to keep the ceiling beams exposed and painted white, to increased feeling of height in this room. The rear of the house had to be sloped to satisfy planning conditions and neighbours, so to make the most of this, the architect used the angle to add the bespoke window.
I’ve kept colour minimal, using Steel IV, a cool grey architectural mat, by Paint and Paper library, I love the calming effect it has, and it also works really well with the pure white and brass detailing I’ve used in the space. The wooden floor and pendant add some warmth.
I’ve kept the furniture white, the bed we’ve had for years, it’s been freshened up with a new coat of white paint – until I decide which one to get next.
The black metal and marble bedside tables add interest against the white and grey in the room, and the greens of the cushions and throw add a touch of complimentary colour and texture.
The driftwood and ceramic wall hanging by Rebecca Harker adds further texture and looks great next to the wooden pendant and white bed.
One of my favourite things in this room is the Tom Raffield Skipper pendant in walnut, which I’ve hung in a slightly unusual place to the left of the bed, but there is also the option to place a chair and a little table underneath the light for a lovely little reading area if I decide to move the bed to a different position in the room. I’ve put a large Edison-style bulb inside the pendant to give a soft, golden glow.
Elsewhere in the room, and on a separate circuit, I’ve used clever, recessed spotlights by Levello with a paintable coverplate for a minimal finish, to give bright, practical light when required. On a third circuit, I’ve had some brass floor lights installed, they give off a gentle, golden ambient up-light under the angled ceiling and on either side of the window, accenting it at night. The three circuits, plus bedside lamps give very flexible lighting options – much needed in a bedroom.
The wall of built-in wardrobes provide plenty of storage, which leave the floor space feeling clear and spacious. Behind the door was a natural place to include some floor-to-ceiling wardrobes to maximise the storage, originally we were planning to have a walk-in wardrobe, but in the end decided to use that space to increase the size of the adjoining office space and en-suite bathroom instead.
Image 1: Michelle Beatty for MAB Architects
All others: Tash South
This post contains items loaned to me for a photo shoot:
Bedding from Urban Collective (Pure PR)
Cushions from Andrew Martin (Pure PR)
Wall hanging from Rebecca Harker,