Interiors Inspiration: Twin Bedrooms

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Snuggle up for autumn in these pretty twins

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Once the preserve of chintzy Sixties homes and seafront hotels, twin bedrooms are back in a big way for 2020. A perfect solution for a design-led guest room, children’s bedroom or playroom, it’s also the ideal place to flex your creative skills. There’s the scope to be more playful with sea themes, cosy alpine chalet-chic or perhaps you’ve been dying to try all-over kitschy vintage florals? Nothing is off-limits. Take a cue from these twelve beautiful examples. 

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  • Gil Schafer, Maine

    Designed by New York-based architect and designer Gil Schafer, this pretty twin room was created for the designer’s own seaside property in Maine. Penny Morrison fabric on the walls creates layers of texture, and a mustard-seed colour scheme infuses the space with tranquility and calm. photos by Eric Piasecki. gpschafer.com

  • K&H Design, Oxfordshire

    Design firm K&H have created the childhood bedroom of our dreams in this Georgian rectory in Oxfordshire. ‘We take care to design children’s rooms to grow up with them,’ say co-founders Katie Glaister and Henry Miller-Robinson. ‘Whilst the room is whimsical and beguiling, we took care not to mishandle the brief of “pink.” Coronets above the bed were found in a junk shop in Wales, the muslin drapes are trimmed with Samuel and Sons Lancaster Fan Edge, and the mirror and pouffe were both vintage finds. photos by Simon Brown. kandhdesign.co.uk

  • Chelsea Textiles 

    Lesson one of creating the perfect child’s twin bedroom is to source the perfect wallpaper, and this one of WWII spitfires is enchanting. Chelsea Textiles styled this room to show off their new Bobbin collection, which sees the company collaborate with design studio Turner Pocock. Based on 1800s spool furniture, each whimsical piece in this room is handmade and hand painted by Chelsea Textiles. chelseatextiles.com

  • Todhunter Earle, Suffolk 

    This restrained and beautifully subtle take on a twin bedroom for Kate Earle’s rural home in Suffolk is a perfect lesson in how to style a grown up twin room. A blend of bruised violet and muted pea-green shades nods elegantly to the property’s period identity, without compromising on modern style principles. todhunterearle.com

  • Gil Schafer, Adirondacks

    Designed for two teenagers, this twin is in a house in the Adirondacks overlooking Lake Placid References to the lakeside setting are cleverly yet subtly woven in through pale turquoise tones and marine stripes. A streak of burned orange balances out the colour scheme, creating a more contemporary feel and hint of retro vibrancy. photos by Eric Piasecki. gpschafer.com

  • Salvesen Graham, London 

    A rich and cosy getaway from the hustle and bustle of London, Salvesen Graham re-imagined this space with layers of pattern and texture. The result? A masculine blend of blue and green tones, with neat details and lines that create a luxurious, homely sanctuary. salvesengraham.com

  • Dunning & Everard, Hampshire

    Beams, windows and characterful nooks were all original features that interior designers Dunning & Everard sought to work around in this village cottage. In the spare bedroom, mossy greens are blended with softened reds and Colefax & Fowler Constance fabric curtains. dunningandeverard.com

  • Katharine Pooley, Devon 

    Luxury interiors designer Katharine Pooley demonstrates how to hack a small space in this bijou bunk room. Designed for Pooley’s holiday home in Devon, references to the location and exterior surroundings are woven in by means of quaint nautical detail like stripes, anchor patterns and polished wood rails. katharinepooley.com

  • K&H Design, Knightsbridge

    Another example from K&H Design, this bright and airy twin guest room was influenced by the style of luxury lofts in New York and Paris. Bespoke headboards were crafted using Dedar’s velvet Adamo & Eva fabric in Lago, and the textiles of the front cushions by Soie De Lune were handwoven in Loas. The walls are painted in Little Greene’s Slaked Lime. photos by Milo Brown. kandhdesign.co.uk

  • Chelsea Textiles

    Colour needn’t always be contrasted to have an impact, as this single-tone styling of Chelsea Textiles Bobbin collection demonstrates. Here, Chelsea Textiles spooled Bobbin twin beds create simplicity that tones down the impact of a colour-block scheme, tying together for an elegant and impactful space. chelseatextiles.com

  • K&H Design, Knightsbridge 

    Part of the re-configuration of a loft apartment in Knightsbridge, this twin room is a lesson in versatility: doubling as both a children’s and guest room. Rebecca Atwood’s Blooms fabric was used for the scatter cushions, Little Greene’s Mirage and Slaked Lime for the walls, and bespoke designs by Adam & Eve for the headboards. photos by Milo Brown. kandhdesign.co.uk

  • Todhunter Earle, Ireland

    Ballinlough Castle in County Westmeath was the perfect canvas for Todhunter Earle to work their magic in this chintzy twin bedroom. Patterned wallpapers and playful shades of pink are a departure from the more classic refresh of the main house, creating a cosy retreat that is infused with character. todhunterearle.com

  • Gil Schafer, New York 

    Autumnal tartans, understated nautical stripes and dashing scarlet are the perfect choice for this apartment in Fifth Avenue, overlooking iconic Central Park. Nods to classic, inimitable New Yorker style are referenced throughout this twin room in its clean lines, smart navy and red colour combinations, eclectic furniture and decorations. photos by Eric Piasecki. gpschafer.com

Design Tips For Twin Bedrooms With Gil Schafer

Learn how to perfectly co-ordinate your own twin bedroom with masterful New York-based architect and interior designer, Gil Schafer. 

Photos: Eric Piasecki

Gil: ‘The key thing to remember about bedrooms is that they’re little worlds that feel welcoming and a refuge. Twins take up more space, so be conscious not to let the beds overwhelm the room. Pairs of four-poster beds can be a fun solution, to create little tents or rooms-within-a-room and play with scales. In a wide room tucked under the eaves, twins are a great solution; and try to use full-size mattresses if there’s space — which ends up being much more comfortable for adults. And of course, twins are perfect for kids because it always means there’s a spot for friends.’

Top tips for designing a twin bedroom:

Twins really only work if there is enough room around the beds — the bed wall needs to be wide enough. It works better if you keep the room open and airy, and I like to put more space between the beds by having a wider table between, like a writing table or desk. Lastly, if there’s room, it’s always nice to upsize the twins to full-size mattresses, which are much more comfortable for adults. Then a twin-bed can legitimately be versatile: as an adult guest room or kids room.

How to balance a twin room visually:

The key to balancing a twin bedroom is to not let the room get too aesthetically crowded with lots of furniture. Keep the bedding from being too heavy looking — unless the idea is to envelope the room in pattern; then you might extend to even having the bedding in the same pattern.

Photos: Eric Piasecki

What colours, patterns and textures work best for a twin bedroom?

I choose colour and pattern for a twin room in the same way that I would a bedroom with just one bed. I love to create a space that feels welcoming and even a little enveloping — that can come from wrapping the room in a fabric or wallpaper that almost becomes a canopy for the beds, or using four-poster beds to create little ‘rooms within a room’.

How can you create space in a twin room?

Be judicious about when you use footboards, because they can make the presence of two beds in a small room even stronger, and that may not be a good thing.

gpschafer.com

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