Design Challenge: One Bed, Three Looks
Three designers show us how to style one bed three very different ways.
Just like there’s more than one way to bake a cake, there’s more than one way to incorporate a signature piece into a space. In the hands of different designers, a faux fur ottoman can work just as well in a glam bachelor pad as it does in a modern mountain cabin.
To have a little fun, we asked interior designers Alykhan Velji, Samantha Ritchie and Dexter Dolores to style a whole look based around this new Edlyn leather bed from Anthropologie. They could pick any colour of the bed, but each designer had to use this one piece as their jumping off point. Here’s what they came up with.
1. The New Romantic
“This is a soft and romantic look, but with an edge. Colours like black and gold are used to create a dramatic and bold impact when mixed with soft ‘romantic’ classic finishes, such as mouldings and chinoiserie wallpapers. Think of Marie Antoinette and Beyonce’s love child!” —Alykhan Velji, Alykhan Velji Designs
Get the Look: Black Bennet nightstand, Ridgemont Swing Arm wall sconce, Eileen Fisher washed linens bedding, Portobello Design’s pitch-dyed silk wallpaper by Degournay, One Kings Lane pink velvet pillows, Anthropologie Wooded Manor mirror, vintage Sherrell grey area rug, Marie-Antoinette bust, Kelly Wearstler small Coquette box, West Elm faceted metal vases, ornate mouldings (photo from A+B Kasha).
2. SoHo Chic
“Clean, sophisticated and stylish, incorporating both modern accents and traditional elements executed with a current flare.” —Samantha Ritchie, Jenny Martin Design
Get the Look: Kelly Wearstler Cleo desk lamp, Noir Maude side table (saddle brown), Salari fine carpets Creative Matters in Dream Gold & Silver, Restoration Hardware ultra faux fur oversized throw, Restoration Hardware 50-year old Vintage Wash duvet and sheets, Dwell Studio throw pillows, Leftbank Art: Infinity II, Infinity VIII, Infinity IV with 3/4-inch gold floater frames.
3. Dark and Stormy
“I envision this bed being in a principal bedroom where there is that quintessential interplay of masculine and feminine aesthetic and energy. I’ve curated a space that exudes a subdued classic atmosphere with subtle punches of moody edginess.” —Dexter Dolores, Dexter Dolores
Get the Look: Noir Furniture Lauren weathered dresser, Noir Furniture Silver Drop wall decor, Cooloola table lamp, Crate and Barrel Welden taupe throw, Restoration Hardware Quadro rug in mink, West Elm braided quilt and shams, Lukas Machnik Infinity chair, Restoration Hardware Belgian textured linen drapery curtains.
Which look is your favourite?
Tell us in the comments below!