Contemporary Luxe

Colourtrend Interior Design Forum interview with Emma Cooling of Ventura Design.

Stepping into this room set, you can imagine a 1930’s Hollywood starlet being quite at home here, powdering her nose in front of the huge sunburst mirror. Sumptuous textiles, dark wood and art deco geometry give the bedroom a decadent feel, while the thoroughly modern stripes on the walls and the contemporary glass bubble light fixtures are a surprising contrast to an otherwise classic style.

“We were inspired by Asian influences,” Emma Cooling of Ventura Design explains, noting the black lacquer bedside lockers and vanity with brass detailing. Intricately patterned gold and white porcelain sits exquisitely on surfaces around the room. The dark wood flooring also adds to the Asian vibe, however it’s not all strictly eastern themed. “We wanted it to be a calm and restful room, and we used the colours Smokey Tone 0541 and Arctic Blonde from Colourtrend to create that…and we used playful stripes to make it a bit funky.”

Colour is always key in maintaining the consistency of a concept. In this room textiles are mixed and matched with aplomb; the curves of the patterns juxtaposed with the linear nature of the surrounding features work well together. Pops of jewel tones are present throughout as well, and the turquoise cushions unify the bespoke end-of-bed bench and stool with the rest of the room.

“Some advice if you’re doing up your bedroom, is not to overlook seating,” Emma cautions. “As well as being a restful room, it’s a functional room. So maybe put a nice chair or an end of bed bench, as a great way of punctuating the bed and giving you an extra area to sit.” Especially useful when you’re pulling on your heels and putting on a coat of red lipstick before heading out to your film premiere.

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