Small-space Parisian bedroom makeover

01 October 2015

When Fabien and Florian moved apartment, they brought a lot of their old furniture with them, but not all of it suited the new space. Stylist Ashlyn Gibson went to visit them in Paris to help make their new bedroom more comfortable and practical.

Before: Cluttered and awkward

‘We brought this cabinet from our old apartment where we’d used it a lot but it proved awkward in this new space – we couldn’t open the door far enough use it!’ says Florian. ‘But it’s surprising how quickly you can start “living around” something that doesn’t really work.’

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Four steps to a smarter, calmer bedroom

1. Big isn’t always best - it’s better to have furniture you can actually use. Remember doors need space in front of them to open properly, so for the bedside where it’s often narrow, go for pieces with depth. These slim but deep NORDLI bedside cabinets have a shelf and a drawer inside, plus inserts for organising accessories such as watches, jewellery and keys.
2. Use your walls for extra storage. The bright yellow wall unit above the bed makes a statement and provides plenty of closed storage – so you can keep it as messy or tidy as you like inside and no one will ever know! It also doubles as a shelf for books and other things you want to display.
3. Good lighting is essential for comfort. These HÅRTE LED work lamps take up barely any space on the side tables and can be adjusted to offer a light that’s perfect for reading in bed without eye strain.
4. Avoid too many colours in a small space, instead choose a cohesive scheme like graphic, monochrome patterns. To soften the look, layer your bedding and add a stack of pillows to make it even more inviting.

Cut out the cables

This bedside table has a built-in wireless phone charging dock, which is a great way to avoid cable clutter beside the bed. ‘It’s such a cool idea,’ says Florian. ‘You can just put your phone on top of the charger without having to hunt around for a lead or worrying about catching the wire and pulling your phone off the table.’

Put awkward spaces to good use

‘We don’t really have a hallway in this apartment,’ says Florian. ‘So storing shoes and coats can be a challenge. This slim, wall-mounted cabinet fits perfectly into the narrow space by our bedroom door and it’s great for holding shoes – which frees up space in our wardrobe.’

“We love the new black-and-white look, especially with the pop of yellow – it feels fresh and modern and suits us. And it’s good to finally have a bedside storage we can get into!”

Florian, architect, Paris