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What is your ultimate bedroom style and why?
I don't tend to follow styles, rather I prefer bedrooms
to feel comfortable, have a sense of calm, and be well
ventilated, airy and light. If I had to use the word "style"
I will have to say simple lines and uncluttered.
The houses we work on generally have simple lines, are
subtle, and hopefully timeless, and this permeates into the
elements that make up the home.
What is the most important design aspect
to get right in the bedroom?
Location of the bed and associated furniture, and
how it relates to the other components that make
up the room eg location of doors, windows, whether
there is a view/focal point. If the basics are correct
and relate, items like soft furnishings can follow to
create a great bedroom.
Light control is also important when designing
a bedroom, to allow the user to control natural light
coming into a room and privacy. These can take the
form of external blinds or internal blinds and curtains.
Cost aside, what is the dream feature
of the ultimate bedroom?
The ultimate bedroom for me would be a well-planned
bedroom, perhaps with the bed facing a view, a discrete
robe and a well-appointed ensuite.
Comfortable furniture, well-proportioned, simple
lines yet well styled is all-important as well. Furnishings
including floor and wall treatments, and soft furnishings
could have a slight hint of luxury, but it's more important to
feel comfortable and instil a sense of calmness.
What materials do you recommend using
when creating/designing this look?
In creating the room I would firstly look at the
components of the room, including wall, floor and
ceiling finishes. I would also consider any allergies or
requirements the user may have. Choose materials and
colours that feel comfortable and tactile.
The bed should be ergonomically correct for the user.
In soft furnishings, I like using natural materials which
look and feel tactile, and are soft to the touch. Natural
cottons feel great and allow air to breathe through the
material. Silks and satins add a hint of luxury if used
sparingly. Subtle lighting, whether using di used light or
shades, assist in creating the atmosphere.
How can people incorporate this style of
bedroom without a total renovation? What
are simple ways to create your chosen style?
Most people tend to collect too much, so perhaps
consider de-cluttering. When choosing materials and
colours, consider the existing room finishes including the
walls, ceiling, and floor. If these work, then coordinate
colours of soft furnishings to the room finishes. Collect
samples, pictures of materials and put them together to
make sure you are satisfied they work together. If they
don't, then consider changing the most o ensive finish
and start the process again.
If required, create highlights using the soft furnishings
like bed, pillow or cushion covers as these can be easily
changed to create a new look.
Sam Teoh Architects, 9/219 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park,
(08) 9388 8338, samteoh.com.au.
SAM TEOH ARCHITECTS
"I DON'T TEND TO
RATHER I PREFER
BEDROOMS TO FEEL
HAVE A SENSE OF
CALM, AND BE WELL
AND LIGHT. "
IMAGES: Sam Teoh Architects.
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