In this blog we take a look at our contemporary bed designs and how they can be the starting point for a stylish, modern bedroom. We’ll show how to introduce the latest bedroom trends and which of our beds work the best with each new look.

Centrepiece contemporary solid wood Kelham 4 poster bed with chevron headboard, cosy industrial bedroom

Focus on a Statement Headboard

A stunning headboard panel can become the design focus for a modern bedroom. Whether it’s a tall upholstered panel (try our Skye or Bloomsbury beds) or an elaborate patterned wooden headboard (see the Hoxton or Kelham beds).
This trend is all about creativity – indulge your inner interior designer and create a bed that is all your own. We can tailor our bed designs to suit your needs – making your bed truly bespoke.

Upholstered Headboards
Choose the fabric of your dreams! Our upholsters can work with a wide range of fabrics – patterned or plain. We just ask they they are suitable for the purpose. The Shetland bed is a great option to show off a bold patterned fabric, the wooden edging works like a frame around a work of art – focusing attention on the fabric.
Buttoned or plain – changes to the number, or pattern, of buttons can really change the look of a headboard. The Iona is a modern, low bed with a simple buttoned headboard panel with just 3 buttons. The Skye is at the opposite end of the spectrum – a tall bed, with a tall headboard and lots and lots of buttons!

Wooden Headboards
Our solid wood headboards also offer opportunities for creativity. The stunning chevron patterned headboards are a fabulous example of this – see the Hoxton, Kelham and Hathersage beds below. The new special edition Hoxton, with contrast timbers to emphasise the chevron pattern, can be made in a range of wood combinations.
We can also add a strip of timber in a contrast shade to almost any of our solid wood headboards. If you have bedroom furniture in two wood types this is a great way to bring the two timbers together.

Side view of our Kyoto bed in Oak. Available to order in a choice of solid wood and a range of sizes.

Float Off To Sleep

Float off to sleep on a low platform bed surrounded by fluffy pillows and soft, comfy bedding. Bliss!

The focus on comfort and simplicity has never felt more relevant. Very different to the trend above – this modern bedroom look is very low-key – all about creating a look that is relaxed and easy. Take a little bit of ‘boho’ with a hint of ‘minimalism’ and you get the idea! It’s typified by a simple, low bed and (relatively) plain bedding in natural fibres – add interest with texture. A few pieces of modern storage will keep the look clean and easy to maintain.

Our Japanese design inspired beds – the Kyoto, Kumo and Kobe beds – are a great choice for this look. Contemporary, low bed designs with a pared back look, available with or without a headboard. The recessed legs give the appearance that you are floating on a duvet cloud! (Indeed ‘kumo’ is a Japanese word for cloud)
The Kyoto bed shown here is dressed simply with organic cotton bedding and a Stockholm bedspread.

For a contemporary loft style bedroom we suggest the Oregon or Kulu platform beds. These low beds have a wide, generously proportioned headboard panel and are perfect for larger bedrooms.

Bold Botanicals

Bring the outdoors in by adding bold, modern bedding with a botanical theme to your contemporary bedroom scheme.
Indoor plants and windowboxes have been so popular over lock-down – particularly for those of us without the luxury of a big garden. You can continue this foliage theme with your choice of bedding, throws and accessories. Patterns of flowers, leaves and branches can be found on duvet sets and throws.
If you are scared of too much pattern try cushion covers or pyjamas with a pretty botanical print. Alternatively just let the garden or park inspire your colour palette and select bedding in soft green, sky blue or subtle stone shades.

Bring the scent of a summer garden into your bedroom with a scented candle or room diffuser. Porthouse have a scent called ‘Glory to the Garden’ which is perfect. Meraki also offer pretty diffusers which showcase beautiful, natural flora and come in two scents: Verbena Drizzle and Vivid Shades.

Teal-coloured tropical leaves print duvet cover set

Introduce Warmer Tones

Warm colours are the latest colour trend for bedding – from Boho inspired clay and stone shades, to the still popular millennial pink and nude tones.

These soft, warm tones work incredibly well with contemporary bed designs and solid wood – it’s just about choosing the shade to work with your timber.
– Solid oak (still the most popular timber choice for our solid wood beds) works well with similar golden tones – from limestone or cream to gold or deep turmeric yellow.
– Ash has a similar golden hue to oak, swirled with paler areas of cream. Similar bedding colours work as well with ash as oak.
– Walnut goes with almost everything. We particularly love a soft pink, but mustard and gold work well too (see the Hoxton bed in walnut here). Even darker or more vibrant shades, such as deep coral or burnt orange, suit walnut – pretty much all warm tones do!
– Cherry wood naturally has warm reddish tones within the timber – so you don’t need to add a lots of colour to create a cosy scheme. I would avoid cool pinks, but encourage you to try beige, russet and mustard colours. Similar choices work well with beech which will also turn rosier over time.
– Maple is a cool, blonde wood with subtle pink tones, that turn deeper and more golden over time. Blush pink and nude is lovely with maple (see the low Pimlico bed below) – add darker accessories for contrast.

Check out our extensive bedding range here.