Planning a new sleeping zone? One half of The Block: Glasshouse’s winning duo, Shannon Vos of VosCreative, is here to help with three floorplan options, whether you’re after a luxe master suite or a space-savvy boudoir.
Bedrooms should be a place of refuge and choosing a floorplan that works well will go a long way to ensuring you have a good sleep. Kicking the kids out for a night, a glass of red and the smooth tunes of Barry White will only go so far when it comes to having an inviting space; setting the mood with colours and tones will enhance your bedroom but nailing the right layout is the key to success here. Simon and I delivered really well on The Block: Glasshouse, with all our bedrooms scoring 27 out of 30. The results gave us a real satisfaction that we were doing the right thing and headed in the right direction. Simple design worked well with our splashes of character to create moody and peaceful spaces that not only served as relaxation zones, but places you would want to hang out in during the day – if only we hadn’t ‘dropped’ that phone under the bed that one time!
BED + ENSUITE + WARDROBE
1. This layout roughly mirrors our master bedroom on The Block: Glasshouse – it works because it’s simple. Choosing to have no doors on or in your walk-in wardrobe will encourage you to be neat and tidy.
2. Allow function to dictate form. Here, the shower ‘steals’ the space from the robe because it’s the more practical element.
3. Pick a focal element, like a freestanding bath. As you walk into the ensuite and see it, you’ll get that instant sense of calm.
4. Mirrors will enhance the sense of space – position them to catch the light and in transitional spaces.
5. Go for sliding doors as you’ll save on the space a traditional door takes up.
6. Bedside tables shouldn’t be shouting for attention – leave that to the bigger pieces. They should reflect the tones and finishes of the room – try not to mix too many timbers or metals. If your room is more architectural with an angular feel, square options will work.
BED + WARDROBE
1. Keep 1000mm between the shelving units in a walk-in wardrobe.
2. Install 600mm-deep shelving – this will give you enough storage without losing too much floor space.
3. Turn your bedroom storage into a feature by going with bespoke joinery. Lots of light and space is important so I love low-lying cabinetry that can also double as bench seating – absolute winner in my book. Of course, practicality has to come into play, especially if you are a wearer of dresses and suits (preferably not together), so keep tall cabinets hidden in the walk-in. Use timbers, veneers or surfaces that have a tonal point of difference i.e. light or dark timber or grey.
4. Have a good think about what you’ll store in your wardrobe. If you have a gazillion shoes, make room for them. Consider a balanced mix of drawers, shelves and hanging space, but make sure you also have room for accessories and smaller items.
5. Get creative and add mirrors to the pocket doors of this wardrobe layout. Mirrors are a necessity for getting changed, as well as enhancing the sense of space.
Tip: You need a hero or two in the bedroom – and I’m not referring to Ryan Gosling (sorry). In this case, the heroes are usually lighting, an artwork or even a view.
BED + ENSUITE
1. Remember your space is three dimensional – for a small bedroom, keep your bed low to the ground.
2. Ensure the ensuite sits in a spot that is easily accessible from both sides of the bed. Keep at least 700mm on either side of the bed and 1000mm at the end.
3. Try not to let your storage impede on the bedroom’s floor space. Recess your robe into a wall to maximise dimensions, and a chest of drawers is also a great option.
4. Add a rug for an extra cosy layer. Your rug should sit horizontally under the foot of the bed to make the room seem wider.
5. I love a crazy bedhead and the Mexsii one in our bedroom on The Block: Glasshouse was so sexy, I bought one myself. It’s easily the hero piece, serving as a base for the room’s colours and tones. For a more subtle bedhead, create a dynamic space with loads of texture and tone.