We all like to luxuriate in our bedrooms, it’s the one room in our homes where we really need to feel ultra-comfortable and able to wind down. Combining plush fabrics and metallic sheens can help us all feel like ‘film stars’ in our own boudoirs.
And what better star to emulate in your bedroom than iconic screen siren Marilyn Monroe? Her influence on art and design is still prominent 60 years after her heyday, with the pop art prints of Andy Warhol and black and white wallpaper featuring her most iconic poses proving hugely popular.
For a bedroom that channels the glamour of Ms Monroe and her fellow screen icons, opt for soft, feminine colours in fabrics such as velvet or silk. To avoid looking too romantic, go for stylish accessories with a contemporary edge that give a slightly more masculine feel to provide balance.
When designing a room, choosing the largest items of furniture is the best place to start. I love this Odeon High End Bedframe, beautifully upholstered in plush gold velvet. The sleigh style and and luxe look gives a finish that’s pure 1950s decadence.
Marilyn was famously quoted saying she wore nothing but Chanel No. 5 to bed, and whether you choose to follow in her footsteps or not, dressing your bed with cream silk sheets will certainly add an opulent feel to your slumber!
Piling up the cushions will also add to the comfort factor – and I love this Catnap Cushion for adding a playful element to an otherwise serious look. Alternatively, keep pattern to a minimum and colours muted, but opt for plenty of texture. This Faux White Fox Cushion by Timothy Oulton will certainly make you want to snuggle with its gorgeously soft, fluffy feel.
As any film star knows, soft lighting is of the utmost importance for showing you at your best – and our Kartell Bourgie Table Lamp in copper is the perfect choice. Its high shine will add sparkle to your bedside table while giving off a soft, glowing light that’s ideal for setting the mood.
Rather than overhead lighting which can be rather harsh, go for a floor lamp like this Champagne and Black Floor Lamp. Similarly to the Kartell Bourgie number, it adds a contemporary edge to this classic look, but provides subtle glamour nonetheless.
Nothing says movie star more than lounging on a fabulous chaise – and the Malvina in dove grey velvet is spot on. Its button tufting, rolled back and beautifully turned legs create a refined, elegant shape that would work well in a bedroom.
The result is a room that oozes sophistication with a soft, feminine touch. It says sleek and elegant but isn’t over-the-top – a perfect look for even the pickiest of screen sirens!
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