Creating a stylish bedroom

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A new scheme and practical storage solutions transformed Deborah and Jason Kleiner-Gaines’ dated space into a luxurious master bedroom.

The problem

‘I never seemed to have enough storage space in our bedroom so it always looked messy. We inherited the red carpet with the house and had every intention of ripping it up as soon as we moved in eight years ago. But we were both so busy with full-time jobs and two children that it always seemed to come last on the to-do list.

‘The combination of a dark carpet and mostly dark walls sapped all light from the bedroom and made it feel cramped and dull. The whole room lacked personality, so it was high time for a complete transformation.’

What we did

‘We started by ripping out and disposing of everything, including the carpet and all the old furniture. We also stripped the wallpaper ourselves. Once we had an empty room, we asked a consultant from Hammonds, the fitted bedroom specialist, to quote for some floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes to cover an entire wall and conceal an awkward chimney breast.

‘There was a terrific range of styles to choose from and we finally decided on a contemporary design with high-gloss doors in cream combined with a dark sable oak-veneer trim, which I loved especially. The consultant sent us the design and, after we agreed, the fitters came and built the furniture in situ, in just three days.

‘We decided to paint most of the walls in cream to emphasise the tall proportions of the room. Having a new cream carpet, too, instantly made the space feel twice the size. I wanted to make a feature of one wall, so chose some amazing wallpaper from the range at Harlequin. It has a shimmery shine and the teal and bronze colours give the bedroom a feeling of opulence. It was also important that the beautiful bay windows should really stand out, so I chose to dress them with some cream wooden Venetian blinds, to also give the bedroom some privacy, and rich teal-coloured curtains. I finished off the look with a pretty cream pelmet from Jali. We then ordered a radiator cover from the same company. These are a great idea; not only does it conceal the old radiator, it also adds interest to a plain wall and provides a handy shelf for ornaments.

‘I had always dreamed of having a glamorous dressing table. When I saw the Venetian-style set for sale in Next, I thought it was great value. Another important purchase was the bed.

‘We treated ourselves to a new Super King-size with a mocha-coloured faux-suede headboard. It’s been worth every penny, as I had been suffering with backaches and I’ve felt so much better since sleeping on this firmer mattress.

‘Having made-to-measure wardrobes has made such a difference, too. We can utilise every inch of space, it covers up our uneven walls and there’s so much hanging and drawer capacity inside. The dark bedside tables also give us more much-needed storage and they really help to bring the whole design scheme together.

‘We accessorised the room with mocha-coloured bed-linen and a teal throw in soft velvet. Our bedroom is now so glamorous, as well as being a relaxing place to be.’

Fact file

The owners: Deborah Kleiner-Gaines, a medical insurance broker, and her husband Jason, a decorating contractor, live here with their children, Louey, nine, and Gracie, four


Furniture and accessories£6,928
Fixtures and fittings£882
Walls and floor£750