It doesn’t have to cost the earth to achieve the perfect look for your bedroom – but some things are definitely worth splashing out on.
According to interior design expert Derek Taylor, star of TV’s 60 Minute Makeover, the key to successful home furnishing is knowing when to save... and when to spend.
“When you buy a house there are three particular things which I always say you have to invest in – your flooring, your sofa and your bed,” says Derek, who juggles his television commitments with his day job as Managing Director of Ishoka.
“Spend a little extra and all of those things will last you 20 or 30 years, and everything else you can adapt around them as trends evolve and the needs of your family change.”
Derek has stuck to this golden rule in fitting out the show apartment at Chobham Manor, and in particular the master bedroom, where the spend-and-save philosophy has been used to impressive effect.
High-quality Amtico flooring offers all the visual appeal of natural wood but is far more hard-wearing and resistant to moisture – engineered wood is an equally durable alternative – while the comfortable super kingsize bed has been built to last a lifetime.
With these essential building blocks in place, a little thrifty thinking has completed a beautifully elegant space with the look of a lavish boutique hotel suite.
“We’ve used a stunning floor-to-ceiling headboard in this room which just velcroes to the wall – and the beauty of it is you can easily remove the panels and get them re-covered if you want to change your look without redecorating the whole room,” says Derek.
“Because the headboard covers the full height of the wall, you only need a single strip of paper either side to create a really striking feature wall – so you can afford to go for more expensive, bespoke wallpaper while staying within your budget.
“The rest of the room you can decorate more cheaply as you don’t want to lessen the impact of the feature wall. In this case we’ve kept the other walls neutral with mirrored wardrobes reflecting natural light around the room.
“By spending on some elements and saving on others, you can create your ideal space without spending a fortune.”