Julia Green on bedroom styling
Your (World of Style) Masterclass was about bedroom styling four ways – Classic, Resort, Designer and Contemporary. What are the main differences between these styles?
They are all quite different in who they will appeal to. The Classic design has soft and romantic undertones in a predominantly neutral palette with layered bed linen, a sense of opulence and hints of black. Think the historic charm of Paris and you are on the right track. The Resort style lives up to its name with coastal cues in colour and style. It’s a relaxed and homely vibe with a slight bohemian influence. Those that enjoy a more masculine industrial vibe will likely gravitate to the Designer style, which enjoys a mix of mid-century furniture with a predominantly grey colour palette but bold accent colours like green. Finally, the Contemporary bedroom is inspired by iconic terrace houses in San Francisco, with a moody palette, marble accents and warm grey midtones with hints of brass. It has an Art Deco influence but largely feels modern in its finish.
Which of these styles is your favourite? Why?
I relate most to the Resort style, as I am a beach girl at heart. The ocean hues are super relaxing and I particularly love the unstructured nature of the space alongside its bohemian influences.
Why is styling the bedroom so important?
It sets the tone for how you use the space. Most bedrooms are considered retreats from the humdrum and busy nature of life, where you go to rest and close your eyes. So it’s important to create that haven, take away the noise, and have your own little slice of paradise to relax in.
What are the five best ways to spruce up your bedroom?
Change the linen, add new artwork and pull out colour cues from it to accessorise with cushions. Add floral touches, always use a room spray, and think about ambient lighting.
If you had $500 to spend, what would you do to your bedroom?
I would say buy French linen to sleep in. Once you have it, there is no turning back.
Who or what are your biggest design inspirations?
I personally love a room that doesn’t take itself too seriously and shows off its personality. The person that does that best in my opinion is India Mahdavi. Her work is exceptionally diverse and has surprise colour combinations and shapes. I love it.
Are new bedrooms or homes easier to style than established ones?
It’s always easier to start from scratch, as you are not trying to compensate by fitting in existing pieces, but this is not always realistic. Most of us come with ‘stuff’ and it’s about how best to compose what you have and what you want, in order to make it a style fit that works aesthetically and practically.
What style is your bedroom at home? Why did you pick that particular style?
My house is full of colour, but my bedroom is a muted, toned-down version of the overall palette. I want the volume turned down in my bedroom, with no distractions or unwanted noise, just to relax and wind down. It is quite minimal too – you know what they say about a cluttered space and cluttered mind.
What are the top three items every bedroom must have? Why?
A good lighting plan with soft light and task lighting to create ambience, but also being able to read is key. Luxurious linen, so that you have sweet dreams and express creativity of your own is also recommended. A room spray in a soft scent, so that all senses are appealed to, also helps.
What items shouldn’t be in your bedroom and why?
This is subjective but no technology and phones are important, as these distractions can prevent you from resting properly and keep you awake far longer. I am steadfast with this policy in my own house.
What are your favourite colours and textures to work with? Why?
I have always loved green as it represents ‘life’ and has vibrancy to it. I even married a man with the surname Green! That’s commitment to the colour.
What bedroom trends do you see in 2017 and beyond?
I think most people who build are thinking about storage in their bedrooms. There is nothing worse than clutter and limited space for clothing and special belongings. I also think that people are more experimental with their linen choices, using it as a substitute for art but on the bed rather than just the wall. We are spoilt with patterns and colours, which means we can easily and affordably change it regularly. The days of keeping the bedroom look the same are long gone. People are changing their spaces far more frequently now. I also love seeing people experiment with wallpapers, which have made a complete comeback, alongside the bedhead. Both are here to stay for a while.