A good place to begin any design project is to think about what you want to keep and what you want to throw away, swiftly followed by what you need to hide and what you want to display. This generally starts a search for new storage solutions and the best solution is to have your storage made to suit your own possessions perfectly. Interior designer Emma Green created a beautiful bespoke bedroom storage for a recent design project in Battersea.

The clients were a retired couple living Between the Commons in Battersea. The house had been architecturally designed by Charles Barclay Architects and looked stunning, particularly the ground floor, but the first floor had been left as a white shell. The master bedroom was the first part of the brief. This is how it looked before:

The brief was to add some character and interest to the room and make it a more calming environment overall. The main challenge in the master bedroom was to retain the husband’s books but to hide them where they couldn’t be seen, leaving his wife’s collection of vases on display.

Emma took inspiration from the client’s passion and interest in Japanese style. The bed didn’t change. The starting point was to find the perfect wallpaper design to capture the essence of their desired mood. She searched in Chelsea Harbour and found the Narco Flowers design from the Glass collection by Elitis which has a rich texture, creating a micro-mosaic effect, with a shimmered finish, perfectly in-keeping with the calm Japanese concept. The client was brave enough to trust Emma’s choice, even though it is predominantly black.

Interior designer Emma Green created a beautiful bespoke bedroom storage for a recent design project in Battersea. Click To Tweet

The hint of heather in the flower pattern of the wallpaper provided inspiration for the choice of Farrow and Ball Calluna and Brassica for the paint colour palette, with touches of blue grey on the cushions and deep plum on the Roman blind.

Emma came up with the idea of creating a bespoke storage solution that looked elegant and was functional. She designed it with three shelves, in line with the same height as the existing shelves to allow sufficient light to flood the room from the roof light above. Mis-matched sliding panels ensure that the books can be hidden but are still easily accessible. A socket was placed at the end of the middle shelf to plug in and hide away a hairdryer and mirror ready for immediate use. The shelving unit was taken down to the floor to disguise the existing radiator cover and create a seamless look.

Emma Green is an interior designer, living with her family in Battersea. She originally studied law, then worked in the city for many years before following her passion and qualifying as an interior designer in 2004. She is a Full Member of the BIID. Find out more at emmagreendesign.

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