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February 2021 / Homes & Interiors / by Ali Howard

Interiors: To the Touch

Incorporating luxurious textures into the bedroom is one way to ensure a blissful night’s sleep. Mix plush velvets and gleaming metallics with the finest natural materials to create an at-home haven that rivals the best boutique hotels.

Whether double, king or super-king, make sure your bed takes centre stage. This way you can create balance and calm with pleasing symmetry. Not only does this simple interior design trick draw the eye directly to it, but with textural layering, the bed becomes all the more inviting. In the retro-luxe bedroom on the opening pages, Essential Home’s velvet-clad Sophia feels extra sumptuous against its backdrop of rich walnut and bright gold accents. A wonderfully tactile furniture piece in itself, the bed features a fluted head and foot board, chunky polished brass feet, and tufted brass buttons on either side, here echoing the metallic nightstands and pendants.

€5,520 (essentialhome.eu)

Add serious plush with luxury bedding that’s not only pleasing to the touch, but which offers a striking visual texture, too. Recalling a bygone era that celebrates opulence, the art deco trend lends itself perfectly to our richly textured bedroom. New from The French Bedroom Company is the quilted velvet Amortie collection. In blush pink, the bedding set features a heavily embossed repeat pattern of Gatsby-era fan motifs. These catch the light beautifully and create a deep and varied texture despite the set’s block colour. Take a design cue from this lavish bedding and style it with suitably glamorous furnishings.

From £98 (frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk)

Bedroom - Fabric Magazine

The handiwork of Danish/Italian design duo Gubi and Gam Fratesi, Sejour is one highly textured lounge chair that works beautifully as a relaxing occasional seat in our sensory bedroom. With a nod to classic mid-century modern design, this is a furniture piece that celebrates contrasts. It boasts both a hard-edged frame and a voluminous body – its low, deep seat and gently sloping backrest make it an ideal reading spot. And in a playful mix of materials, a choice of sumptuous upholstery fabrics – from wool to leather to velvet – is met with muted metallics and natural wood, including the warming walnut.

From £2,245 (chaplins.co.uk)

This month sees the launch of west London brand Pinch’s new Anders wall light. As a pair of sculptural sconces in the bedroom, they offer an ethereal, floating look – whilst freeing up precious surface space on bedside tables. Each light is crafted from layers of banana fibre, which is delicately hand-draped and stitched around a central, light bronze frame. The bottom baffle ensures a softly diffused light that not only brings cosy warmth to our sleep space but accentuates the undulating folds and highlights the natural beauty of the material. Just as pretty when unlit, the lights bring surprising textural interest to our walls.

£950 (pinchdesign.com)

Bedroom - Fabric Magazine

Flooring becomes all the more important in the bedroom – a space where we’re frequently barefoot – so choose a luxurious carpet you’ll want to sink your toes into each morning and last thing at night. One for graphic design lovers, Rug Society’s Simba marries sharp geometric patterning and shapes – from stripes to triangles to mono blocks – with the softest materials. The rug mixes natural wool with botanical silk while its lush textural makeup is thanks to a combination of three different techniques: hand-tufted, loop and cut. We love its palette of cool, earthy tones, bringing an element of nature-inspired calm to our sleeping space.

€4,210 (rugsociety.eu)

For layers of interesting texture – and to up the luxe factor in the bedroom – think beyond soft furnishings. HOMMÉS Studio expertly marries solid and supple materials in its Narcissus floor mirror to create a dynamic furniture piece that’s as pleasing to the touch as it is to the eye. The frame is crafted from gold polished stainless steel and features a soft, leather-clad folding panel, which opens up to reveal a triple mirror. Hinting at art deco design, the tan leather is embossed with an ornate repeat pattern of diamonds, further adding to its rich visual texture and its natural variant in colour. As the name suggests, it is a thing of beauty.

£11,655 (hommes.studio