7 Interior Designers, 7 Dream Schemes

In this series, we ask leading interior designers to put together moodboards of their dream schemes for different rooms in the house. This time, we asked them to tackle the dressing room – a personal space that needs to deliver on clever storage solutions while also acting as a relaxing haven. Here’s what they came up with…
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A dressing room needs to be a calm and cosy place to roll into from bed in the morning and get ready for the day, as well as somewhere to glam up for an evening out. Lighting is key. We love built-in joinery with cupboard curtains to make the space feel informal and relaxed, and it’s best to choose a full-length mirror or hide them within the joinery. This wallpaper is great as it adds a vibrant feel without overwhelming the space. Elsewhere, we introduced bold pink linen curtains and a wooden dresser to add depth to the space, and I love the chequered jute rug, skirted slipper chair and decorative wall lights. Together, they bring in various textures and add a more playful feel to the room.

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My dream dressing room is a little dark around the edges but also feminine and pretty. It’s calm overall but dramatic in places, which is what this space should be – somewhere equally suited to the early morning and those hours before a night out. The foundation of the scheme is the rich, cocooning ‘Broccoli Brown’ by Farrow & Ball. It’s quite a sludgy colour so, to offset this, the ceiling and cornice are painted in a reflective gloss called ‘Dimity’ by the same brand. Layered on top are soft bouclés, rattan and burr wood – natural elements balance out the hard edges of the amazing folded glass pendant light and the glamour of the ceiling. I can just see Trove’s swivel ‘Stella’ chair in the corner under a mountain of silk dresses. The diffuser lights are by a clever brand called And Objects – you can fit them over existing spotlights to diffuse the light; they look so much better than plain downlights.

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This scheme is for someone who doesn’t plan on sharing their dressing room with anyone else! It’s also for someone who likes an element of drama – the dramatic silk damask on the wardrobe doors and the moire upholstered walls take inspiration from Marie Antoinette. Coupled with the leopard carpet and playful door handles, there’s a lot of whimsicality in this room. The marble plinths should always have lots of beautiful flowers on display.

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I decided to create an elegant and feminine scheme, with lots of classic joinery. I chose a pretty, small-print wallpaper design in teal from Robert Kime with a contrasting dusky rose gloss paint on the cabinet doors. Rather than having solid doors, I opted for partially glazed doors with ruched fabric behind to add softness and interest. I wanted the carpet to feel really soft and luxurious underfoot, so I chose a lovely deep pile wool carpet from Stark. A floor-length mirror is essential and I love the shape of the scallop mirror from Collier Webb – the antique brass finish complements the handles on the doors.

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I always start any design by thinking about the feel of a room when you walk in. A dressing room wants to be calm, uncluttered and tailored – a bit masculine but with a hint of glam. It’s a private place where you get ready for the day, but also before a night out, so it needs to suit all occasions. The lighting should also be as flattering as possible. Here, the overall colour palette is neutral, with muted colours and natural textures added here and there to create warmth and depth. The glamour comes through in the antique brass fittings and soft, dimmable lighting. I would also add ceiling speakers so you can listen to music or podcasts.

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A dressing room is one of the only rooms that can be totally sacred, so its design should be fully dedicated to your needs. The woman I’ve designed this dressing room for loves being in a relaxed and luxurious space while getting ready. The walls are fabric lined to juxtapose the built-in joinery which is painted in shades of pink by David Mendel. Hanging alternatively off the joinery are hooks and walls lights with soft voile shades. I’ve also added a mix of wall, ceiling and table lamps to give the room a softer atmosphere. In the middle of the room is a trefoil ottoman covered in a riot of colourful fabric with a beautiful Jamb lantern above. In the window is an antique dressing table – we have used a lot of antique furniture and mirrors to soften the joinery and give this room its cosseting feeling.

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This dressing room could work for a man or woman, and it straddles both a contemporary and traditional style. I love using paper-backed fabric on walls and I’m always drawn to stripes – here, I’ve used a charcoal and red one. We also went with a beautiful rich paint colour for the joinery; it’s fun to have something a bit unexpected, so we used yellow on the inside of the wardrobes – it pairs well with the rich red and it’s also helpful to keep the inside of wardrobes light so it’s easy to see what’s in there. It’s a good idea to link the accent colour inside the wardrobes elsewhere in the dressing room, which explains the yellow mid-century chair. The smaller details, like the burgundy leather coat and matching hangers, are some of my favourite things about this space. The whole room is then pulled together with a contemporary rug.

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