The bedroom is the one room where we can truly be ourselves. Away from the prying eyes of visitors, we can decorate it in any way we choose, whether we desire a cool minimalism in our surroundings, or for every feature to boldly declare our unique style and sensibilities. In Bedrooms, Mary Gilliatt navigates the reader through the twin concerns of design and functionality, covering all the planning stages necessary to achieve professional quality interior decoration. The first decision is whether your bedroom is just to be a room for sleeping in, or rather, as is the modern tendency, a multi-purpose space where you might just as easily spend time listening to music, watching a film or working on the computer. Next come questions about where to locate the bedroom, how much money to spend on it, and the planning of basic bedroom requirements such as good heating, lighting and storage space. After the groundwork comes the decorative detail, with a look at some iconic decorating styles, at least one of which is sure to fire your imagination.
The special requirements of children's rooms and guest rooms are considered, too, and this chapter also offers very different takes on successful bedroom colour scheming. Bedrooms culminates with a discussion of the heart of the bedroom itself -the bed. Here you can learn all you need to know about the foundations of mattresses, duvets, pillows and sheets; and extras like cushions, throws and hangings. With this book and its stunning photographs to guide and inspire you, you will be well on your way to sleeping in a beautiful, functional and highly covetable room.
Mary Gilliatt is a writer and design consultant of international repute. Having written over 40 books, including the bestselling English Style, Bedrooms and The Decorating Book, she is now also Design Director for the US decorating franchise company Decor & You, for which she is designing a series of Home Furnishing collections. She lives mainly in the Luberon in the South of France.