How do you stop a room like this looking naff?
It’s important to mix textures and fabrics. I've used velvet, fur and leather in this room, all creating contrast against the wooden floor. Don't stick to one fabric - If the bed was solely dressed in silk or velvet for example, then it would look cliched. Mix it up in a considered way.
I've also incorporated some design classics - the Saarinen pedestal table in background, and battered mid century armchair, all help give the room a timeless feel. Avoid buying everything brand new!
Which styling felt most daring?
Using a divan bed was quite daring, as they have been out of Vogue for years, but actually are such a good solution. You can choose any headboard and they provide great storage. Plus I love how the valance sheet covering the base adds layers and texture. The gold leaf bedside lights, by Lighting at Home, give an unexpected edge and the bold marbled velvet cushion by Susi Bellamy perfectly brings everything together.
What sort of person would suit this room?
If you're not afraid of dark colour, rich textures and an opulent style then embrace this look! The open shelving and big bedside tables are perfect for an anti minimalist with lots of treasured possessions on show. Whilst the rich layered bed suits someone with a bold and daring style.