Living in a period property can pose a few headaches when it comes to interior design as Annie Rowlands discovered when she wanted to turn a disused attic of her 18th Century farmhouse into an occasional bedroom for a teenage step-daughter which would also double as a welcoming guest bedroom. Annie explains “The room was an awkward shape to start with, having a low window and sloping ceilings but when you add to that the fact that the floors, ceiling and walls are all uneven, it starts to get really tricky.”
Luckily for Annie, the furniture she chose from Utopia’s Bedroom Collection is very versatile. Although designed to be freestanding, it is also easy to create a fitted effect to suit a particular space or to compensate for any structural irregularities. Annie discovered a combination of doors and drawers which fitted the awkward alcove perfectly, making use of all the space as well as giving the room a neat, streamlined look.
Annie is also delighted with the stepped arrangement of drawer units that means the space underneath the low window isn’t wasted either. With seven drawers in these units and a further two large drawers in the wardrobe configuration, there’s masses of storage space for all step-daughter Nina’s belongings.
An interior designer by profession, Annie had a clear idea of colours in mind from the outset, opting for a vibrant combination of teal and fuchsia pink that was not only perfect for a bright teenage colour scheme but also very inviting for a guest bedroom. It’s such a bold mixture of colour and pattern that it was important the furniture presented a neutral backdrop so Annie picked the simple Nadia doorstyle in classic English White with subtle Parchment 22mm framing. It’s a gentle combination teamed with the off-white carpet and one which works particularly well with the dramatic colours in the bedding and wallpaper.
Annie wanted the room to look feminine, young and fresh so there are pretty touches such as the crystal handles on the furniture which team up with the decorative touches on the ceiling light and beside lamps. The bedframe is a fabulous wrought iron centrepiece for the room which Annie bought years ago from Adrian Reynolds, a craftsman designer and metalsmith based in Ironbridge.
The overall effect is exactly as Annie planned. “Working with an older property is challenging but I found Utopia’s Bedroom Collection very versatile. There are so many sizes and options to choose from that we were able to plan the room very effectively making excellent use of all the available space. Nina is absolutely delighted with the room and we’re hoping that all that storage space will encourage her to keep it looking pristine for when we have guests.”