Ask S&C: Hotel-Chic Bedroom

A long and narrow bedroom can be a decorating challenge, but we've found the perfect inspiration: a chic, urban hotel room! From the floorplan to the furniture, a hotel room offers savvy design solutions for a bowling alley bedroom. Just follow these simple tips to create your own at-home retreat!



  • Separate the room into the spaces for which it will be used (i.e. sleeping and lounging). Think of each area as a room unto itself, even though they will be visually connected through like colours and fabrics.
  • Make the bed the focus of the space. If your one exterior wall and window are at the end of your corridor-like room, centre the bed on it for symmetry.
  • Anchor the sleeping area by placing a wooden bench at the foot of the bed. This will add visual weight and warmth to the space.

  • Fabric Accents

  • If you're blessed/cursed with an arched window, don't draw attention to it. Simply treat it as a source of light. Hang some sheers across the full span of the window wall and flank it with floor-to-ceiling, lined, linen drapes.
  • A custom headboard is necessary given the bed's placement in front of the window. The top of should be in line with the mullion. This will simplify the look of the wall. Upholster the headboard in the same fabric as the drapes and add deep button-tucking for a luxurious and seamless look.

  • Furniture

  • Choose furniture to suit your needs. For example, if you like to watch TV in your bedroom, mount it above the dresser and bring in two oversized, comfy armchairs and a large ottoman. This will also be a great place to curl up with a book!
  • A warm-white dresser will lighten and brighten up the seating area and complement the linens used throughout the space.
  • Add a drum chandelier over the ottoman in the centre of the seating area for both general and ambient lighting.
  • To accommodate the room's oblong shape, opt for an off-the-roll piece of carpet and have it custom cut into two pieces to fit the dimensions of the seating area and the sleeping area. This will anchor the each space individually, while still unifying the room as a whole.

  • Get the Look!


    Above, clockwise from top left: rug and decorative pillows Barbara Barry; Weathered Zinc Single Fez mirror, Restoration Hardware; Townshend Large Standing mirror, Brownstone Furniture; Corinne Beige ottoman: American Signature Furniture; chandelier, Royal Lighting, London Column lamp: Elte, armchair: Montauk.

    This edition of Ask S&C was inspired by one of our viewers, Amy, who wrote in looking for decorating advice for her extremely long bedroom.


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