Design Inspiration: 5 bold looks for the bedroom

Want to redecorate your bedroom? There's a host of looks to choose from this season including fresh and contemporary florals, bold indigos and vibrant abstract patterns. Whether it's a quick fix you're looking for or inspiration for a complete remodel, here are top 5 schemes you could wake up to...

1. It's no mistake the way the pretty blue shade of the V&A Sussex Rose floral bed linen reflects the lavish colour used on the bedroom walls (above). Dulux has marked indigo as the Colour of the Year and when you see variations of blue used with such confidence as in this scheme above, it’s easy to see why.

This bed linen has been developed from a wallpaper in the V&A Museum’s collection. The design was originally from Uppark in West Sussex and would have been used to decorate a bedroom in the late 1800s. The beautiful bed linen is edged with fine cord piping and features a small spot design on the reverse and there’s matching curtains, cushions and throws in the set too.

2. Equally striking is the large-scale painterly floral used on the Aquarelle bed linen set (below). It's based on French silk dress fabric from the V&A Museum’s fashion collection that would have been worn in the 1930s, and has been translated onto this bed linen for a fresh, vintage feel. It has a contrasting stripe on the reverse.

A pared down backdrop looks good with pastel-print bed linen – think stripped-back wooden floorboards, white furniture, neutral headboard, white walls and an alarm clock that doesn’t go off at 6am in the morning.

3. For classic, country charm that looks fabulous in both rustic and urban pads alike, opt for a bed linen design such as the V&A Forget Me Not. The pretty floral pattern (above) is based on fabric designs by J.D. Cornuaud from the late 19th century. For a look that’s more Carrie Bradshaw than Anne of Green Gables, keep the surroundings simple with pale yellow walls, white painted furniture and a cream, vintage wrought-iron bed.

4. If neutrals are more your thing, then feast your eyes on the simple and understated V&A Ikat Gingham bed linen, which showcases pure cotton printed with a check in two scales. The design is inspired by an original Japanese textile held in the V&A Museum's Asian collection, which features symbols of good luck and longevity. The original textile was created by a technique known as Kasuri that involved the binding of sections of yarn prior to dying. A simple writers desk works stylishly alongside a neutral button-back headboard and crisp white walls. Notice the spot lights that highlight the back wall - bliss.

5. The bare bones of this room (below) have been embraced to make way for a dramatic and classic, nautical-stripe bed linen. A natural sisal carpet, simple and stylish white bedside lamp and understated silver chest have all been cleverly used to frame the bed, which is the real star of the show and features the V&A Seaside Air bed linen set. The deep navy, red and white palette used takes its inspiration from the ‘sensible’ female outfits of the early 1870s, which were designed for boating and seaside walking. All that’s missing is Radio 4 and the Shipping Forecast.

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Emily Peck, Editor

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