The bedroom is the one place that lends itself to a touch of fantasy decorating. From floral bedlinen to calming, soft stripes, here is our choice of the best bedrooms to inspire your own classic scheme.
Serene stripes in soft sophisticated neutrals and dark, red tones combine effortlessly with whitewashed wood panelling in this bedroom to create a relaxed scheme with a beach-house feel. Finishing touches including pom pom trims and large fringes add an element of interest and texture.
Making use of stand-alone blocks of geometric pattern in your bedroom, such as on a bedhead or blind, is a good way to make a dramatic statement and create a real talking point without overpowering the space. Here, an enriching palette of plum, raspberry and tangerine ensures depth and warmth.
Simple mismatched bedding layered with blankets brings a nostalgic feel to a bedroom. Using rustic stools for side tables and utility-style lamps in place of pendant lighting provides some soft, understated charm. Adding wallpaper as a backdrop for open shelves adds further depth and interest.
A warm and sophisticated palette of cinnamon, grey and taupe gives a converted attic fresh appeal. A wall covered with a statement wallpaper helps distract from the sloping walls and awkward angles and also manages to create a focal point in this bedroom. Two cream-coloured pouffes add character.
A bedroom designed to be restful and practical, the neutral tones here allow for a mixture of tastes from traditional to contemporary. Space allowing, it could be worth introducing some elegant-looking wingback chairs, some cushions and a small table to create an inviting reading corner for book lovers.
A bed upholstered in a blowsy floral set against richly coloured walls offers a very simple, modern feel. Complete the scheme with window dressings in a tonal, smaller-scale design. Mixing up different scales of designs that are digitally printed in your bedroom will lend a cohesive feel and finish.
A delicate floral wallpaper and a chintz fabric for the bedcover bring an English folly style to the bedroom. The panelled effect below the dado has been created by mitering a narrow wallpaper border, while the curvaceous headboard adds a large helping of glamour to the scheme.
Heavy velvets set against smooth silks and cashmere are the most luxurious choices for a bedroom. Matching this with a sophisticated colour palette of plum, hyacinth and lavender creates a cohesive and swish look. A small-scale geometric design wallpaper with a shimmery finish completes the appearance.
A subtly patterned headboard alongside bedlinen and a throw in the same colour give a refined yet relaxed feel to the bedroom, as well as some interesting textures. Go for a large classic print or canvas in complementing tones that will not date.