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Ask the stylist

In this month’s Ask the Stylist feature, we talk to Debra Bowen about achieving a fresh, romantic bedroom look, inspired by our Shabby Chic style Collection.

Venus bed frame with wing headboard in Warwick’s Pumice fabric, shown here in queen size featuring exclusive to Snooze Willow quilt cover set. To custom build your own Venus upholstered bed click here

1. How do you work pink into a bedroom - without making it girly?

It’s fair to say that not every partner is in touch with their feminine side! Especially not to the extent of having an all-pink bed linen set or bedroom with pink toned accessories. But there is a way to bring a softer, vintage feel to a bedroom without making it too feminine. I like to mix it with colours you might not expect, like khaki, navy, grey or plum. Pink glass also mixes well with brass or jewel coloured ceramics. Or go for a neutral backdrop with white walls or bedroom furniture.


2. I want to create a romantic style of bedroom - what are the essential pieces?

Soft lighting and muted colours are essential. I like faceted glass ornaments, chandelier type lighting, hues of lavender and pastel pink in mohair blankets and printed coverlets.

3. The perfect DULUX colours for a shabby chic room would be?

White Duck with a feature in Aura or Ellen, plus white timber painted furniture like the Corsica bedroom furniture range from Snooze.

Find out more about the Corsica tallboy here

4. The most romantic bedroom you've ever slept in?

My step-mum was doing shabby chic decades before it was a thing and I would love staying in the guest bedroom with its Louis French bed covered in eiderdowns bought in some antique bizarre. Or, there is that bedroom in Marrakesh in winter with the corner fireplace, its crackling flames in the night and hanging candles from the ceilings.

Venus bed frame with diamond buttoned ornate headboard and slimline base, shown here in Warwick Cargo in Mushroom. To custom build your Venus upholstered bed, explore our online bedBUILDER

5. How would you describe Shabby Chic?

When I think of Shabby Chic I think of a modern bohemian lifestyle look. Old doors with many years of layered paint together with whitewashed floors, aged French linen, soft pastel prints and layering of blankets and quilts.

About the writer

Debra is an interiors and lifestyle stylist whose career has taken her across Australia, Hong Kong and Europe. She works with a range of leading Australian brands and is a director of Zen Sanctuary. You can follow Debra on Instagram @debrabowen

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