Embody the ambience of a luxurious Manhattan townhouse to transform your bedroom from a lacklustre space into something fabulously opulent. While many think of New York as having an industrial style, Manhattan townhouses are something else entirely.
Ideal for those who like to mix-match styles and have an eye-catching piece on every corner, taking inspiration from these richly designed homes into the bedroom can really upgrade your space. We look into the key ways you can transform your bedroom into an opulent Manhattan inspired space with ease.
Featuring artsy white sculptures, extravagant furniture and gold accents, Grecian decor is a popular trend all of its own. This style works wonderfully for a grand Manhattan inspired space, especially when combined with contrasting modern pieces.
You can take this to any level; subtle with a few small Grecian-inspired busts on the bedside tables or all out with luxurious drapes, decorative columns and plush white blankets. Don’t have this be the overriding theme, however, you want your space to be inspired by Manhattan, not Greece, after all.
The great thing about getting inspiration from Manhattan is that you can mix-match a plethora of different styles while still maintaining a sense of succinctness. When it comes to the bed, for example, don’t be afraid to choose a modern Ottoman bed from Divan Beds Centre and pair it with a vintage-inspired paisley wool throw.
Having the practicalities of modern furniture with all of the charm of more unique pieces is key to putting this look together successfully, especially when sticking to one room.
When it comes to the walls, plain paint simply won’t do. You want every inch of the room to inspire you, which certainly won’t come from the traditional white walls we find in most bedrooms. Mahogany wooden panels are a popular choice due to the warmth they give off.
While they may be new and long-lasting, these panels make the room look more vintage as the natural sheen makes them look antique. If that’s not to your taste, you can choose marble-like panels in your colour of choice; alternatively, you can use varnish to achieve the sheen or simply choose visually interesting patterned wallpaper.
Old and new
If there’s anything you should know about Manhattan style, it’s to celebrate both modern and vintage pieces. While you can make the most out of technology by having a television or computer in your room, try to have more antique-looking pieces of furniture.
Wood is a particularly popular choice as it has the ability to look simultaneously extravagant and antique, making them an ideal choice for a style that encapsulates both styles. This means you can have all of the perks of a contemporary home while still holding onto the charm and character of older-looking pieces.
Add the finishing touch to your bedroom with some chintz soft furnishings, such as pillows, throws, rugs or cushions. This purposefully gaudy print typically features flowers, although you can find an array of patterns to suit your style.
If you aren’t a fan of overly loud prints, you’ll be pleased to know you can find more subtle, floral chintz prints that work equally as well as the typically ‘loud and proud’ options. Look out for pieces that have a pale background and a smaller array of flowers, as opposed to deep red pieces with an extravagant pattern.
To put all of these elements together successfully, consider writing down a plan of action so you know where to start. By doing so, you can be assured that you’re headed in the right direction and will end up with the Manhattan-inspired bedroom of your dreams.