Tree of Life
Textural, seductive, cocooning, delicate
Silk, fur, velvet, cotton, limed wood, brass
Calming, unifying and grounding. This is what we should all aspire to emulate in a bedroom to ensure we have a sound nights sleep. In the world of Feng Shui we’re told that pairs of items either side of the bed unifies a partnership. Myself, I don’t like things to matchy-matchy but hey, who doesn’t want a strong partnership, so I’m in.
The wall mural functions as more than mere decoration. It pushes the walls out visually, widening the room and with its highest point meeting in the middle it creates balance. Symbolically the design reinforces the strength and unity of the occupiers. Sounds all a bit airy-fairy I know, but it’s these subliminal details that have people unknowingly attracted to an interior. Call it a gut instinct or the sixth sense if you like, as generally at first glance these details go completely unnoticed but the emotional connection is felt. In some cases, it could be the simple placement of an object or piece of furniture that’s responsible for you falling in love with a colour palette or room. Like most things in life, it’s easier to articulate what we don’t like rather than the things we do.
The calming and grounding effect is achieved by the blend and variation of grey and purple tones. Now, we can’t see the ceiling but I’m going to take an educated guess that the ceiling is, or should be, the same colour as the back wall. Taking a look at the image, the crisp white pops out from the surrounding colours. Should, for example, the ceiling also be white it would bounce the light around the room making the overall room feel much brighter than it currently is. Hence, why I believe, or would advise, to keep the ceiling the same strength of colour as the back wall to ensure you keep the feel of the room as the colour palette intended. So, just to summarise the overall wall and ceiling colour account for 37%.
Wallpaper covers the right hand wall and is a mix of two warm grey tones. The layering of these tones is subtle so it doesn’t distract the eye from the focal point which is the mural.
In any other room placing white amongst these demure tones would jar but in this context it’s visually acceptable. Why you might ask? White in the bedroom represents cleanliness and freshness, two qualities one wants in a bedroom. I have to admit I would blend the skirting into the wall colour. White is 10% of the overall scheme.
Taking into consideration the average size bedroom; the Oak flooring also adds up to 10%. If you would rather carpet, a similar hue would also work. You could go darker on the floor, wood or carpet, but that would be a completely different colour palette. Not wrong, just different.
In the foreground you have the deep aubergine hue of the sofa that totals 8% of the room. Upholstered in plush velvet it adds another layer of texture to the interior and reinforces the sense of cocooning. The 90º angels of the sofa in conjunction with the lines of the bed and the square cushions, emphasises the roundness of the lampshades.
The silk curtain, yet another texture, is a soft lavender grey that subtly connects the grey of the walls and the aubergine of the sofa.
On either side of the bed are, what look like, limed oak bedside tables. They are discrete in that the design doesn’t ask for attention. They fill the corner space comfortably and juxtapose the shape of the lamps. This colour equals 5%.
At 4% is a very pale lavender grey, appearing in the background of the cushions and the fur throw; more texture. And to stop the pillows from blending into a mass of whiteness, the edges have been defined with a grey embroidery detail.
The Persian blue lampshades leap out from the back wall. Blue is the perfect bedroom hue as physiologically it’s peaceful, calming and restful. It account for 2% but due to its saturation it gives the illusion it represents more within the scheme.
Within the mural emerges 2% blue grey that helps the design stand out in relief from the background colour.
The remaining 3% consists of black in the mural and bed frame, the pair of brass lamp bases, light switches and throw and lastly indigo appearing in the vase and cushions. The heaviness of the black grounds the mural whilst the brass has the opposite effect and twinkles and shimmers making it leap out from the background. The hint of indigo is inconspicuous and is splitting hairs as to whether it would make any difference if it was black. The use of indigo isn’t as harsh as black and historically it’s one of the oldest and rarest dyes that in turns represents luxury and who doesn’t want to feel like they are sleeping in luxury.
TIP: Ensure drapes in a bedroom are lined. Apart from keeping warmth in and daylight out, such a quantity of fabric needs to be visually weighty. It should hold its own against other pieces of large furniture within the room, ie the bed. To leave unlined would result in the drapes looking cheap and flimsy. Note, I am referring to drapes not curtains.
*The colour on screen is not a true representation of actual colour.