28 Mar Creating interiors for bedrooms in a Georgian house
This week on the Etons of Bath Georgian interior design blog, I want to share my insider tips on Georgian bedroom interior design. As an interior designer in Bath we see a lot of these!
Bedrooms are very personal spaces and most importantly a place of rest away from the stresses of work. The bed is the focal point of a bedroom and Georgian bedrooms tend to be housed in a large space with high ceilings, allowing you the opportunity to have a showstopper and use Georgian bedroom interior design to help that.
And So To Bed have a fantastic range of classic beds of the highest quality that work very well with Georgian bedroom interior design. We love their Louis XV upholstered bed which gives us the classic style whilst allowing us to choose the upholstery fabric that best goes with the overall bedroom design. They also have a great selection of bedroom furniture including dressing tables, bedside tables and wardrobes which fit really well into Georgian bedroom interior design.
Turnpost.co.uk do a fantastic twist on a classic four-poster design with their Helmsley Bed. We also use a wonderful company called The Four Poster Bed Company who make bespoke Etons of Bath designs. Other pieces of furniture that work well within a period home include a freestanding armoire wardrobe, a dressing table and a chest of drawers, we recommend Oficina Inglesa who make to order from their catalogue or we can create a tailor-made product for Georgian bedroom interior design.
Image: Etons of Bath Georgian Townhouse Project
Image: Etons of Bath Show Flat
To dress iconic Georgian sash windows, classic curtains with a luxurious feel look wonderful when made using an embroidered silk fabric with a triple pinch pleat heading giving them maximum fullness. You can either have a simple padded pelmet or a large wooden pole with an elegant finial. Finish with tie backs to ensure you can let in maximum light during the day as well as creating that swept back shape. At Etons of Bath, brands that I recommend best for Georgian bedroom interior design are GP&J Baker, Colefax & Fowler or Zoffany. For those that like to sleep in total darkness install shutters (if there aren’t any already) as well as interlined black-out curtains.
With large walls to fill, wallpaper adds interest and can also evoke a bygone era. Use Toile de Jouy for a very traditional feel or a Chinoiserie style for something that will really lift the feel of a room, De Gournay have a wonderful selection.
Image: De Gournay
In a bedroom it is best to have soft lighting that is restful and creates a warm and relaxing atmosphere. We would advise a central pendant rather than recessed spot lights, then layer with wall or bedside table lights or wall lights and reading lights for clients who like their books. Make sure all lights are dimmable to be able to create a soft and even romantic ambience. At Etons of Bath we love chandeliers and wall lights from Brabin & Fitz and Villaverde.
Pooky have some lovely wooden lamps in interesting colours for a twist on the traditional and Heathfield & Co have some more modern options. Make sure you can switch them all off at the wall when you get into bed. Beautiful brass luxury switches and sockets with USB chargers add to the whole look rather than distracting from it, we work with one of the UK’s leading suppliers Wandworth, whose electrical accessories can also be found in Kensington Palace and Kit Kemp’s Ham Yard Hotel.
Images: Heathfield & Co
One of my top tips for lighting in Georgian bedroom interior design is to have bedside and table lamps on a 5amp circuit so you can switch them all off by the door as you leave. Think about incorporating light switches (and sockets with USB chargers built in) by the bed too so that you can switch different lights on and off from the comfort of your bed. Once you’ve experienced this you will never want to go back to flailing around for the switch along the flex on your bedside lamp or having to hop out of your warm bed to switch the main light off.
Image: Wandworth Electrical at Ham Yard Hotel
With Georgian bedroom interior design, wooden floors with a large scale rug creates a timeless look whilst also ensuring a warm experience underfoot. We use West Sussex Antique Flooring Company for an authentic and beautifully finished floor and Cheville Parquet whose floors come pre-finished in 4 chevron planks and just require clicking together. For rugs we use a variety of sources but have always found that Rugmart.co.uk can source great options.
Image: West Sussex Antique Flooring Company
Accessories are key to bringing the whole look together, cushions and throws make a bed look inviting and sumptuous, they are also practical. We tend to get most of ours made bespoke for clients, however you can get a superb range at all major high street and luxury interiors brands such as Oka and Amara.com, Designers Guild, LuxDeco.com and Josephine Home. If space allows have a storage ottoman at the bottom of the bed to put them in when they are not required.
If you are designing a guest Georgian bedroom you can be more adventurous than you might be with your own, as guests don’t have to live with the décor day in day out. Fabric and wallpaper brands such as GP&J Baker, Colefax and Fowler and Cole & Son will give you plenty of options for fabric and wallpapers. Upholstered headboards create the feeling that you are in a luxury hotel room and as most guests stay for just 1-2 nights and don’t get around to unpacking, provide them with a luggage rack so that they can comfortably live out of a suitcase.
For help with specialist Georgian bedroom design, contact Etons of Bath on 01225 639002