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Room 305 at Covent Garden Hotel


When designing a bedroom scheme, the source of inspiration can be the unique features of the room itself, an incredible fabric or an exciting artwork. In Room 305 at Covent Garden Hotel, all three of these elements come together.

It is a generously proportioned room with high ceilings and two large windows with deep reveals. The bold paintings, depicting tropical fauna and women in bathing suits surrounded by seashells by Althea Wilson, inspired us to choose this striking fabric for the scheme. The headboard and mannequin are covered in a vibrant fabric by Jim Thompson called ‘Heliconia Dreaming’ with tropical embroidered flowers, ferns and palm fronds, which echo the artworks beautifully.

The walls are lined in Soane’s ‘Coral’ wallpaper in green which repeats a very small fern-like pattern which perfectly complements the tropical theme from afar or up close.

On the curtains we used my ‘Rick Rack’ fabric for Christopher Farr Cloth. The smooth curves in hot pink create an eye catching contrast with the delicate detailing of the Soane wallpaper.

On the bed cushions, we added a touch of contemporary embroidery by Pierre Frey in ‘tutti frutti’ colours. We kept the upholstery simple using alternating blocks of colours so not to compete with the strong patterns on the headboard and curtains. The ‘Arsene’ range by Pierre Frey gave us the perfect shades of green, coral and yellow wools to play with on the sofa and desk chair.

Finally, a black and white coral embedded chest of drawers with a palm-tree lamp base and multi-coloured lampshades on the desk add the finishing touches to immerse our guests in this fresh jungle room!

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