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A Colonial Master Bedroom

Who wouldn’t love to have this striking seaside bedroom, with a hidden en-suite accessed via a seemingly normal cupboard door? The owners of this listed property did not know what they wanted to do with the room, and had a simple brief to create storage and an en-suite with a sense of modernity. I introduced them to various strong colours with the idea of complementing the coast with certain textures. They needed guidance, so ultimately I chose Valspar’s “On a Mission” paint for them, and designed bespoke wardrobes spray painted in the same colour. I also designed a headboard and side cupboards which were stained in a Wenge colour, and inlaid with shagreen (fake manta ray skin) to add a luxury texture, feel and sense of the sea.


Lighting is apparent in both obvious and hidden forms; behind the wardrobe cornice and shining up from inside the headboard lighting is concealed, and there are ultra-slick reading lights in antique bronze blending with the Wenge of the headboard which can be angled in multiple directions and delicately click on and off when opened. Bold, industrial antique bronze side lights complement the wardrobe furniture and statement dimmable starburst / sputnick lights offer a sun or star like appearance in the ceiling depending on brilliance. All obtained from Cotterell & Co Newcastle.


The en-suite required listed building planning consent to have the wall knocked through and now features octagonal tiles with a designer atticus heated towel rail, hidden lighting in a mirrored recessed shelf and touch free over basin mirror. The dark units also complement the colour of the bed furniture.


Top of the range white colonial plantation shutters (with retractable secluded black out blinds) from Shuttercraft Newcastle generate a well-appointed colonial feel, with the stark contrast of the white panelling sitting next to the blue walls as clouds would on a hot summer’s day. The tall “Florence” radiators have a traditional style yet modern sleekness to them and they nod to the shape of the shutters. A quality carpet from Global Flooring Studion in an oyster colour finishes the room, together with a Gallatin Karndene tile effect in the bathroom which has a variety of stoney / blue coastal tones.

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Artwork to fit the scheme

Lighting at nighttime

Wardrobes and walls the same colour

Reading light

Wow lighting - all dimmable

Side light and reading light behind

Handles in antique bronze

Adjustable lighting

Uplighting in top of headboard

Headboard towards the ensuite

Through the secret door

Ensuite with Gallatin floor

Doorway, carpet, wardrobe, ensuite

Florence radiator

Sutters open

Plantation shutters

Shagreen detail and quality handle


British College of Interior Design Accredited

"Gina's eye for design is second to none. Add that to her ability to truly understand her clients' needs, wants and lifestyles and you have a very special combination."

Steven Standerwick

Tel: 07794 451565

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